Norwich City's academy announced on 18th August 2005 that goalkeeper
Steve Arnold would be joining the Canaries as an Academy Scholar.
Spotted by Academy youth scout Terry Harvey, Steve played at Colney
in the Summer 2005 friendly against Rushden and obviously impressed
the Academy team. Steve had previoulsy played for Boreham Wood
and had spent six months with Arsenal's Under-15s side. It gave
Steve great delight to keep a clean sheet for the Canaries when
they visited Arsenal in an Under-18s clash in April 2006, watched
by Arsene Wenger.
Arnold, who was on the bench for City's Carling Cup clash with
Rotherham in the autumn of 2006, was awarded his first professional
contract with Norwich on 11th May 2007.
Despite appearing on the City bench on 11 occasions during 2007/8,
Steve was one of nine players released in May 2008 = primarily
due to the emerging form of Declan Rudd
and Jed Steer.
Steve signed for Grays Athletic in June 2008
Steve switched to Eastleigh in November 2009, after trialling
with Brentford. He later had trials with Wycombe and signed for
them on 21st January 2010
On 5th August 2011, he was loaned to Hayes and Yeading for one
month. This was extended for the whole season with Arnold making
Arnold was released by Wycombe on 9th May 2012. On 25th May 2012,
he signed a one year contract with Stevenage.
Arnold was released by Stevenage on 17th May 2014. He then signed
a two year contract with Forest Green Rovers on 6th June 2014.
Arnold's first season at the New Lawn was blighted by injury and he finally made his debut in February 2015 and he went on the make fourteen appearance that season, including the play-off semi-finals against Bristol Rovers. Despite another injury-marred start to his second campaign, the 26-year-old made forty-five appearances in all competitions, including forty-three in the league, over a two-year spell at The New Lawn – he kept sixteen clean sheets.
On 17th July 2016, it was announced that Arnold had signed for Conference rivals Dover Athletic.
After making 30 appearances, including nine sheets, for Dover in 2016/17, he signed for Gillingham on 17th August 2017 on a one year contract, reuniting with former Forest Green manager Adrian Pennock. After failing to break into the Gillingham first team, his contract was mutually termintaed on 18th January 2018 and he signed for Barrow, managed by Pennock..
Released at the end of the 2017/18 season despite having made 17 appearances, Arnold then signed a two year contract with Shrewsbury on 19th July 2018.
On 5th June 2019, Steve transferred to Northampton for an undisclosed fee, signing a two year contract. He had played 32 games for the Shrews.