Arsenal made the surprise move to bring in David Raya in the summer transfer window to add competition for Aaron Ramsdale, with the Spaniard set to be given a chance to take the latter’s place.
David Raya will be given the opportunity by Mikel Arteta to stake out the No. 1 spot for Arsenal.
Despite already having England international Aaron Ramsdale, Gunners manager Arteta pulled off a massive surprise by signing Raya in the offseason.
Ramsdale is incredibly well-liked by Arsenal supporters and was even chosen for the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League team of the year, which was chosen by all the other professionals.
However, there is a perception that Arteta would eventually give Raya a chance this season.
Raya, a Spanish international, was acquired by Arsenal on a season-long loan from Brentford with an option for a permanent transfer.
Raya’s skills as a keeper and his ability to play out from the back have won Arteta over as a major supporter.
Now there is a strong possibility that Raya will be given the opportunity to compete in the Carabao Cup on September 27, strangely against his original club.
That permission is likely to be granted by Brentford, which might be Raya’s first opportunity to build a claim for the long term.
Ramsdale renewed his contract in May, but the Arsenal boss is obviously extremely conscious of Raya’s threat and Arteta’s ruthlessness as he reviews each performance and error.
Arteta has also taken risks in the past to achieve what he perceives as small but substantial improvements, such as playing William Saliba at center half last season.
Ramsdale is now feeling the heat as a result, and Raya’s presence will only intensify the rivalry for the position of Arsenal keeper.
The addition of Raya has drawn criticism from some quarters, but Arteta has defended the decision, saying there is “nothing wrong” with it.
“It’s nice to have two top-notch goalkeepers; there’s nothing wrong with that. We strive to improve every single day, and in order to improve, the environment must change for the better, he declared last month.
We have a tendency to stay at a given level since it’s in our nature to do so; nevertheless, when the atmosphere is altered to one in which 100% of the time must pass, trust me, the level will rise.
“I have personally observed that up close and personal when comparing the players we have today to those from two years ago. We need to foster that climate if we want to improve. It’s really easy to understand how [he adds] greater qualities for our game model.
“We need two players who can do that for each position. ‘What is it, two goalkeepers of this size?’ will be the inquiry, so you should be ready. What would you say if Aaron suffered a cruciate injury? As a result, we must be proactive and prepared.