3 reasons why David Raya won't be Arsenal's long-term goalkeeper

  • Raya is a solid goalkeeper but he won't be the Gunners' first choice between the sticks in the long run
David Raya is currently Mikel Arteta's first choice keeper
David Raya is currently Mikel Arteta's first choice keeper / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
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2. Arteta's ruthlessness

Mikel Arteta
Arteta has been ruthless during his time at Arsenal / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Since joining Arsenal in 2019, Mikel Arteta has been extremely ruthless in certain situations. This was demonstrated in the way that players such as Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all left the club.

The Gunners boss has also been ruthless in his search for the 'perfect' goalkeeper. He chose to keep Bernd Leno over Emiliano Martinez in 2020, only to replace the German with Aaron Ramsdale a year later. Ramsdale himself was then replaced by Raya this season.

When making these decisions, Arteta no doubt has the best interests of the club in mind so obviously wants the team to have a top quality goalkeeper. Many will agree that David Raya is not particularly at the level, or at least will not maintain being at, required to be the Gunners' number one. As a result, Raya will eventually be yet another player to fall victim to Arteta's cut-throat methods.

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