Arteta Shows Support for Arsenal's Keeper Raya Amid Criticism in the Premier League


Arteta Shows Support for Arsenal’s Keeper Raya Amid Criticism in the Premier League

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Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League match against Sevilla, coach Mikel Arteta has come to the defense of goalkeeper David Raya, who has faced criticism. Arteta, a fellow Spaniard, has consistently chosen Raya over Aaron Ramsdale in recent weeks, a decision that has divided Arsenal fans.

During the 2-2 Premier League draw with Chelsea, goalkeeper David Raya faced criticism after being caught out by Mykhailo Mudryk’s looping cross that ended up in the net. He also made another mistake that went unpunished by the Blues.

Arteta addressed this issue in a press conference held in Seville, stating, “Errors are part of football; mistakes happen from defenders, strikers, and goalkeepers.” He expressed that he didn’t perceive Raya as suffering under the spotlight, even as some Arsenal fans chanted Aaron Ramsdale’s name during the draw. This result brought champions Manchester City level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

Arteta emphasized the pressure of playing for a big club, where the need to win and consistently perform at the highest level is constant. He mentioned that the presence of a backup goalkeeper who pushes you every day creates healthy competition.

While Arteta had previously hinted at possible goalkeeper rotation, Raya has been the consistent choice since his debut in September. Arteta confirmed that Ramsdale was available and part of the squad for the Sevilla match after missing the Chelsea game due to the birth of his son.

Arsenal, currently in second place, seeks to rebound in Group B following a disappointing 2-1 loss to Lens.

Sevilla has established itself as a formidable force in European competitions, achieving victories over Manchester United and Juventus at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, culminating in a record-breaking seventh Europa League title last season.

Arsenal midfielder Jorginho acknowledged the upcoming challenge, emphasizing the need for emotional composure on what promises to be an intense evening. He stated, “They will certainly be well-prepared, and the atmosphere here will be electric. I believe it will be an exciting game and a valuable test for us in terms of emotional control.


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