In relation to traditional goalkeeper duties, it looks like Raya has the upper hand.
Brentford faced a greater volume of shots than Arsenal last year and that is reflected in the two players’ contrasting save numbers, with Raya making 154 saves compared to Ramsdale’s 95. The Bees’ man also achieved a superior save percentage of 77% (Ramsdale 69%) and would therefore strengthen our backline if he moved to north London.
However, this data may be skewed by Brentford’s good defensive work as their organisation forces teams to shoot from distance, which consequently gives Raya every chance to position himself correctly and make the save.
Save numbers/percentages also do Ramsdale a disservice because he has consistently excelled in the shot-stopping stakes and pulled off several outstanding saves during our title charge, earning the Save of the Month award for both March and April.
But he is prone to the odd mistake, making a joint league-high of six errors leading to shots last term, and so Raya comes out on top again here.
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