2. Serious competition for Ramsdale
Statistically, Ramsdale’s season wasn’t anywhere as impressive as Raya’s (he conceded more goals than he was expected to, and ranked 14th for the percentage of crosses ‘stopped’). Although, many would argue that Arsenal’s number one had a fine season. He ended the campaign with 14 clean sheets and was a major factor in the Gunners’ excellent season.
The England international started every Premier League game in 2022/23 with Matt Turner never likely to usurp the former Sheffield United and Bournemouth star. The American may have proved himself to be more than competent at the 2022 World Cup and in the cup competitions for the Gunners, but there was never a point when Ramsdale’s status seemed under threat.
That would undoubtedly change, though, should Raya join the club given the price Arsenal will likely have to pay to sign him. The Gunners aren’t interested in the Spaniard being another Turner, but a goalkeeper capable of representing the club on the biggest nights. Perhaps we could see a dynamic where Ramsdale remains the number one for Premier League outings, but Raya gets his shot in the Champions League.
However, will both keepers be content with sharing their minutes in such a way?
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