Mikel Arteta sends Aaron Ramsdale competition warning as Arsenal close in on David Raya 

Mikel Arteta sends Aaron Ramsdale competition warning as Arsenal close in on David Raya 

Aaron Ramsdale has been cautioned by Mikel Arteta that competition will be present for his starting position as Arsenal closes in on Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.

    David Raya wants to join Arsenal.

    Since 2021, Ramsdale has held the top spot.

     In the Community Shield, England’s goalie denied a penalty

WHAT OCCURED? For the past two seasons, Ramsdale has been without a doubt Arteta’s first choice goalkeeper, but according to reports, Arsenal are looking to sign Spanish goalkeeper Raya from Brentford before the summer transfer window closes.

WHAT THEY SAID: Ramsdale stood out after starting Arsenal’s Community Shield victory over Manchester City on Sunday. He also turned out a penalty from Rodri in the shootout, which the Gunners won at Wembley. After the game, when asked if Ramsdale would be under pressure because of the Raya rumors, Arteta responded: 

“I hope not, because the competition here always exists whoever it is and that’s what he has to feel like. If we don’t feel like this, we are not going to get the best out of each player, so we better feel like this and make sure that we all feel like this, me first.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite their initial offer of £20 million plus $3 million in add-ons falling far short of Brentford’s asking price, Arsenal is optimistic in their ability to get Raya. 

The Bees are rumored to want twice as much, but with Raya pressing for the transfer, Arsenal may be able to negotiate a lower price.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO RAMSDALE? It seems likely that Ramsdale will continue to start for the time being even if Arsenal does sign Raya.

 Raya is expected to replace backup shot-stopper Matt Turner because the USMNT player is close to joining Nottingham Forest.

 Only time will tell which goalie Arteta considers to be most suited to his team’s style and attitude, but Raya is expected to do so.

Mikel Arteta sends Aaron Ramsdale competition warning as Arsenal close in on David Raya 

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