Could Arsenal having two top class keepers backfire on Arteta?

As the season progresses, Arsenal’s recruitment of David Raya will continue to be scrutinised. Mikel Arteta already had a good goalie in Aaron Ramsdale, so his decision to bring in David Raya, who is equally fantastic in his own right and can easily start for any top team, perplexed many.

When Raya signed on an initial loan, it was said that he was not joining as a number two but as a competition for Ramsdale’s spot in Arsenal’s starting lineup. The Spaniard has yet to make a league start four games into the season, but there are whispers that he has impressed Arteta and his coaching staff and could be ready to make his debut as soon as Arsenal play next.

The Gunners bringing Raya into the fold, according to ex-Liverpool goalie David James, will only be justified if they have a great season in which they win silverware in the Premier League and, hopefully, the Champions League.

James thinks that Ramdale is a “wonderfully gifted and confident goalkeeper” and suggests having two top keepers could upset the applecart, but we will have to wait and see if it was good idea in the end, saying on Sky Sports News: “If Arsenal win the league, it works.

He added: “From Mikel Arteta’s point of view and Arsenal’s point of view, if they win the title, win the Champions League, or whatever, then it’s the right decision. It might upset one or two people, i.e., the goalkeepers, but in the end, it’s about Arsenal winning trophies.”

Mikel Arteta had to make bold decisions to have a better team to pull off a successful title charge this season after a poor end to last season. We all know that the Spaniard is a man with a plan and must have one for Raya.

With two superb goalkeepers, what’s there to worry about when it’s strengthened Arteta’s squad?

Darren N


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    1. Yea, most likely he will be introduced to the pitch with cup and probably UCL matches. And if he is exceptional Arteta might give him some runs in Epl.
      Only Arteta knows why he signed another top keeper. I hope it won’t end up like Leno and Martinez who eventually left for Aston Villa

  1. In 2023 we have competition all over the pitch, but competition between the sticks should be something negative?

    Every season goalkeepers gets injured and sometimes it’s a serious injury, and you need to replace him with a reliable goalkeeper. If not your season might be over.

    What have been a problem in the past isn’t necessary a problem nowadays, new times and different approaches.

  2. On the contrary, Ramsdale could focus on EPL and Raya on the cup competitions, while having an intense internal competition between them

  3. James is right until we win EPL or the ucl then it would have been a bad decision to signed a top keeper like Raya

  4. It is so ridiculous for anyone with a brain to think having two competent GK’s can possibly backfire in any way. How does one even start formulating a problem there. There are so many qualities that distinguish one player from the other; for instance handling, positioning, acrobatics, dealing with crosses, distribution, focus and attention, attitude, temperament and many others that, based on the game will put one above the other. I wish people would stop deliberately turning solutions into problems..

  5. Either Brad Friedel or some other top former goalie (can’t remember now) does not see anything wrong having two top keepers in Arsenal. In fact, he hailed the move. So I care less what David James is saying.
    In any case, Raya is on loan for a season; so if it doesn’t work out as expected, we can always go back to the status quo ante without much fuss.
    And Arsenal made some decent cash from Tyrner’s sale to Nottingham Forest.

  6. So only the GK should not have competition? That logic makes no sense.

    It’s rubbish any player should be guaranteed starts, or not have to defend their position in the team.

  7. But thats how it has been and none of the BIG teams have had two number 1s. Buffon, Casillas, Valdes, Smichael etc and all the top keepers, were the single best keepers at their clubs and never had a real challenger. It something unusual and we will see how it pans out. Goalkeeper is a different proposition to outfield players.

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