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Arteta tells fans why he prefers David Raya to Ramsdale in Arsenal’s goal

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( Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya / Photo via Getty )

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has delivered a heartfelt defense of his current first-choice goalkeeper, David Raya, amidst criticism from certain sections of the fanbase following his decision to bench Aaron Ramsdale in favor of Raya. Despite facing scrutiny, Arteta expressed his admiration for Raya’s contributions and unwavering commitment to the team.

Arteta’s praise for Raya’s skill and professionalism was evident in his statement: “What I like about David is what he does in goal – the things he prevents us from, you don’t even see because they don’t happen, because he has anticipated them.” This acknowledgment of Raya’s ability to anticipate and avert potential threats highlights the goalkeeper’s crucial role in ensuring the team’s defensive solidity.

Despite facing a challenging environment and scrutiny from critics, Arteta lauded Raya’s courage, character, and unwavering commitment to his own style of play. Arteta emphasized via Arsenal media, “He has earned the right to be respected, and I’m really happy that he’s winning.” This unwavering support from the Arsenal manager underscores the trust and faith he has in Raya’s abilities and character.

Raya’s contributions to Arsenal’s defensive record are evident, with the goalkeeper boasting seven clean sheets this season. As Arsenal continues to excel in the Premier League, currently occupying the 3rd position with 52 points from 24 games in the 2023/24 campaign, Raya’s role in the team’s success cannot be understated. The recent 6-0 victory over West Ham United showcased the Gunners’ offensive prowess, solidifying their position as genuine contenders in the league.

As Arsenal gears up for their upcoming clash against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, 17th February 2024, Arteta’s unwavering support for Raya serves as a testament to the manager’s appreciation for the goalkeeper’s contributions and his steadfast belief in the team’s collective strength moving forward.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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