Nobody understands Mikel Arteta’s sudden need to create competition between Aaron Ramsdale and Brentford loanee David Raya, but it poses a huge problem for his squad in the long run. Raya was signed on an initial loan from Brentford with the option to make the move permanent, and he has since made his number-one spot his.
Ramsdale started his first game in three matches for Arsenal as the Gunners enjoyed a 1-0 triumph over Brentford, but the Englishman suffered a torrid afternoon as the Brentford fans behind him taunted him with chants of David Raya all night long.
Aaron Ramsdale’s response to Brentford fans
Aaron Ramsdale may have lost his starting spot at Arsenal to loan signing David Raya, but he made the best of the chance he was given in the club’s 1-0 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup despite fans’ mockery. Brentford fans made sure to remind the Arsenal goalkeeper he was now below David Raya in the pecking order, but instead of being offended by this, Ramsdale was pictured winding up the home fans with a cheeky look.
In the video, Ramsdale went down to collect the ball from an easy corner, but before he decided to play it out, he turned to the crown behind him with a grin on his face in a move to wind the fans up for singing ‘you’re just a s*** David Raya’ behind him. Ramsdale also appeared to make fun of the Brentford fans when he made an exceptional save in the first half of the game. After fingertipping a ball onto his post, Ramsdale quickly turned to the Brentford fans jokingly with the ball still in play.
Ramsdale’s performance helped his team keep a clean sheet, qualifying for the next round of the Carabao Cup, where they’ll face a high-flying West Ham side.
Mikel Arteta talks on GK situation after Carabao Cup win
Having two world-class goalkeepers on the books is an unnecessary luxury for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal at the moment. As a matter of fact, many fans and pundits believe this will create more problems for the Gunners later this season. David Raya looks to have overtaken Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order, much to the dismay of the Englishman.
“I don’t think I’m the one to answer the question about Aaron Ramsdale’s quality,” Arteta said when asked about the situation. “I’m the one who signed him when everyone else was questioning that decision. I don’t think the one to answer that question,” the Gunners manager concluded.
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