‘His Errors Are Costly’ ‘Positioning Is Shocking’ Fans Raise Concerns About Arsenal Player’s Form

After another mistake in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, Arsenal supporters have been debating whether manager Mikel Arteta should consider dropping David Raya.

Taking away all the controversy surrounding Antony Gordon’s goal, Raya’s failure to deal with the initial cross into the box from Joe Willock proved costly.

The Spaniard left himself in no man’s land, and unable to position himself to save Gordon’s shot when the ball came back across the six-yard box. When asked whether Raya deserves to keep his place in goal, fans on X were split:

Raya is statistically performing better than Ramsdale

While the eye test suggests that the 28-year-old is struggling, his statistics in the Premier League this season are still superior to Aaron Ramsdale.

Raya has saved 69.2% of his shots (compared to Ramsdale’s 55.6%). When we compared their xG conceded to their actual goals let in, we get a similar picture, with Raya at +0.7 and Ramsdale at -1.8.

The Arsenal goalkeeper conundrum is one of Arteta’s making

The constant talk about who should be in goal is Mikel Arteta’s fault. The fact that he effectively has two No. 1s competing for the same spot means that the debate about who should start in goal will never go away.

That uncertainty will surely be felt by Raya and Ramsdale and that inevitably has an impact on their performances.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.