At the final stage of the transfer period, coach Mikel Arteta surprised many fans when he decided to recruit David Raya from Brentford on loan. The Spanish captain still seems unsure about Aaron Ramsdale’s performance, so he wants to bring in a plan to increase competition for the goalkeeper position.
Arteta soon showed that he was right when he let Raya replace Ramsdale, and the 28-year-old star completed the assigned task well.
Raya not only showed off his ability to save, but also showed off his long, precise passes. It seemed like the Spain goalkeeper would be able to take the number 1 position that Ramsdale had held for so long. However, his honeymoon in the Gunners’ shirt soon ended.
In the encounter with Chelsea, the 28-year-old star showed an unacceptable performance. Raya’s successful pass rate was only about 74%. He appeared confused by the pressing phase created by the Blues’ attack.
Raya had a rather confusing position so Mykhailo Mudryk realized the opportunity to shoot a beautiful shot to increase the score to 2-0. Not stopping there, the star on loan from Brentford also passed the ball straight into Cole Palmer’s feet, but it seemed that the former Man City talent was also surprised by this situation so he couldn’t find the neatest solution.
Raya is highly appreciated professionally, but only playing for a mid-range club like Brentford makes him lack ‘warfare mentality’, something Ramsdale has in abundance.
The pressure to join a team that only targets relegation and a team aiming for the championship is completely different. So, Encountering opponents from the BIG SIX group also affected this star’s psychology.
Before the encounter with Man City, the 28-year-old goalkeeper also appeared overwhelmed by the pressure the defending champions created at the beginning of the match.
He made a mistake after carelessly choosing a drop point, creating an opportunity for Gvardiol to score. If Declan Rice hadn’t provided timely support, Raya probably wouldn’t have had a chance to start in the next match.
Also in that encounter, the Spanish star lost his composure when being approached by Julian Alvarez, leading to the ball being cleared and hitting The Citizens striker, seemingly causing Arsenal to concede a goal.
In the context of Liverpool and Chelsea showing signs of comeback, Individual mistakes may significantly reduce Arsenal’s chances of competing for the title.
Therefore, instead of regularly using Raya, Arteta should consider letting his compatriots take the matches against teams outside the BIG SIX, while in important matches, Ramsdale may be the choice. more reliable.
Truong Son | 16:34 October 22, 2023