Reports say David Raya likely to make his Arsenal debut sooner rather than later

Should Arteta been thinking about David Raya?

With a lot of games coming up, Arsenal fans are expecting to be seeing David Raya start for us soon. But is it too soon for Arteta to be considering handing the starting role to Raya? After a mixed first few games and only one clean sheet, could we be seeing Raya in the goal faster than we expected?

Reports have come out saying that Arteta has been very impressed with Raya during training since joining Arsenal on a season long loan from Brentford. Although Raya is seen as someone who will step in for the cup games and try to lighten the work load for Ramsdale, he was also brought in to compete for that top spot.

If we don’t see him before, we will most likely see him start against his old side Brentford in the Carabao Cup. Raya had a great season at Brentford last year, helping them finish 9th on the table, which made him the perfect choice for Arteta to bring in to compete with Ramsdale this season.

With Arsenal competing in four different competitions this year, squad depth will be a key factor and having two world class goalkeepers at our disposal will boost our chances to go far in all four competitions.

Ramsdale had a very good season last year and has really cemented himself into the first team since joining from Sheffield United in 2021, named in the Premier Leagues PFA team of the year and keeping us at the top of the ladder for most of the season, but with worthy competition this season he is going to have to keep on top of his game to keep that number one spot.

Is it too soon to be thinking about starting Raya? What’s your thoughts Gooners?

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  1. Is there a rule against alternating two goalkeepers. Ramsdale has played last four games, let Raya start at least next two. That way the two can be kept happy and always ready

  2. We are trying to win a title against one of the greatest teams we’ve seen in English football history, so it would make zero sense to rotate keepers in league games.

    Ramsdale needs to underperform for a period of time, before taking him out for a while, and in the meantime it’s cup games for Raya.

  3. It’d be better to assign Raya in cup competitions including UCL and let Ramsdale focus on EPL, as we did several years ago with Cech and Leno

    I’m sure Arteta will set it up that way, to maximize their performances, avoid injuries and improve the dressing room harmony

    1. Gai, I sincerely hope Ramsdale and Raya competition doesn’t end up like Leno and Martinez who eventually left due to less playing time. UCL and Cup games ain’t always enough for a keeper on loan he needs more playing time. His skill set also needed in Epl games. I hope Arteta is able to manages the two top keepers well without affecting their co fidence.

  4. Raya is a keeper for the Spain national team and a proven PL keeper. No harm in giving him a chance early

  5. This situation is a wait and see situation. Nobody knows how this is going to pan out but i will guess, one keeper will be, not happy.

  6. Raya will only be effective when Havertz becomes effective. So his playing out of the back will be as good as it was for Brentford which was hit the big man up front.

    It’s only a matter of time until he plays, but I think he will struggle to rediscover the form he has shown at the Bees when he is trying to hit Jesus or Nketiah.

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