“You have to wait and see.” Is Raya playing mind games over his move to Arsenal?

David Raya is still only on loan at Arsenal from Brentford, with the Gunners expected to complete a permanent move for his signature as soon as possible.

The Spanish goalkeeper emerged last season as one of the best in England, even though Aaron Ramsdale was doing a fantastic job.

Most people felt Arsenal did not need a new number one, but Raya has proven to be one of their best signings and even won the Golden Glove in the Premier League.

The Spaniard seems set to stay at Arsenal, but he has not yet been permanently signed by the Gunners. He recently admitted that he would love to play in La Liga at some point in his career.

He then cast some doubts over his possible permanent move to Arsenal. He told Ok Diario:

“I would like to play in Spain one day.

“As I have never played in the Spanish league, then, returning would not be returning. Coming home, at some point, yes. I don’t close any doors.

“Right now, I am very happy in the Premier. Let’s see what happens this year, if I stay at Arsenal or not. You have to wait and see.

“It has been a good campaign with Arsenal, and it is a shame that we have not been able to win the title.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Raya is one of the most important players at the Emirates and he is a player that we desperately need to keep in our team beyond this summer.


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5 Comments

  1. It seems that, not just the completion of Raya’s loan move, but the sales of our “deadwood” and the purchase of new players are also on hold.

    Perhaps there is a moratorium on transfers during the Euro’s

    I am still concerned with the players we seem to be linked with. I have yet to see one mentioned transfer that would make our team better!!

  2. I’m wondering if is something to do with FFP/PRS rules in that we need to sell a few players before end of June and Raya possibly can’t be signed until after end of June?

  3. FFP/PSR could well be playing a part here, the key date is 30 June – spend before goes in to 2023/24 books and after goes in to 2024/25

    we know Arsenal constrained by FFP/PSR by the loan to buy of Raya in the first place

    ironically it seems Arsenal is looking to take advantage of other clubs in FFP/PSR strife, e.g. Newcastle and Villa

    so one scenario might be that Arsenal has about £80m spend capacity before 30 June, and sealing Raya deal before 30 June dilutes that by £27m

    so might be clever accountants waiting until the last minute manipulate whether Raya goes in 2023/24 books or 2024/25 books

    let’s see…

  4. We ain’t signing anyone before July. And even then, it will not be straight away, bang bang, all signed.

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