3 reasons why David Raya is Arsenal's best goalkeeper in years

  • David Raya has won over Arsenal supporters
  • Raya usurped the well-liked Aaron Ramsdale as club's number one
  • Spaniard could be the best goalkeeper of the Emirates era

Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
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3. He loves to play on the front foot

David Raya
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It is becoming far more common for teams to play a low-block against Arsenal. The opposition will often sit in and force Arsenal to break them down. With the Gunners lacking a consistent goalscorer, this has led to a fair few cagey affairs this season.

I have already touched on Raya’s distribution and how that is key to helping this Arsenal attack, but it is the speed at which he does this which is most important. The most common time we see this is from a crossing situation.

Raya is quick off his line to claim the cross which allows Arsenal to counter-attack whilst the opposition is out of position. The Spaniard has registered 29 high claims so far this season, which when added to his accuracy in distribution is a deadly combo.


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