The youngster has signed a permanent deal after impressing Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff while on trial at the Emirates Stadium last month.
Arsenal will pay a compensation of about £100,000 to Bristol Rovers for the goalkeeper who has reportedly signed a four-year deal.
The move has been confirmed on Briston Rover’s official website and the League two club’s Chairman Nick Higgs said in a statement:
Whilst we are disappointed to lose such a talented youngster, he exercised his right to leave the club and we could not stand in his way when this offer came in.
We wish Matt every success for the future, and hope he goes on to have an excellent career in the Premiership.
Macey had offers from a host of other clubs, including Everton and a number of Championship outfits, but it’s thought that he had always set his heart on a switch to north London.
The youngster has made three appearances for the club when on trail and his signing will provide competition for Deyan Iliev and Ryan Huddart at youth level, with Damian Martinez currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Josh Vickers on a youth loan with Canvey Island.
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He is a tall shot stopper who stands at 6 ft 6 in with good reflexes and communication skills and will aim to establish himself in the first team in the near future, having made his debut at u-21 level against West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium last month. He has not yet played a senior game of professional football but has made his squad debut as an unused substitute for Rovers in March 2012.
The youngster will have Lukasz Fabianski and loan signing Emiliano Viviano ahead of him in the pecking order, although for the time being Macey is likely to continue learning his trade with the Arsenal U 21 side in the next season or two. Hopefully he will have a great career with the Gunners.
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