Arsenal looks to make a move in the summer transfer window as they vouch to sign Brentford’s Spanish goalie David Raya, in a season-long loan move, which might get the nod for a permanent transfer in the next season. He will look to be Arteta’s trump card in the upcoming season, as current goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will look to fight for his place in the starting eleven after a starstruck performance in the FA Community Shield, where Arsenal defeated treble winners Manchester City on penalties.
David Raya set to be a Gunner
David Raya, the Spaniard keeper, has been one of the fringe performers for the Bees’ last season. He has garnered praise from fans and critics likewise over his exploits under the goal last season, surmounting to a humongous 154 saves and 12 clean sheets, making him the third highest record holder in the division. According to sports outlet The Athletic, Gunners have reached an agreement with the Brentford star, which will see him don the Arsenal ‘ jersey for a period of one year, where last season’s runners up will pay him 3 million pounds as a loan fee, which might set to hike to 27 million pounds once his move to the club materializes permanently.
Stiff competition for Ramsdale
With the signing of Raya, Arteta will be on heels to provide a worthy competition to Englishman Aaron Ramsdale, who experienced a drop of form at the fag end of last season. Raya has been a stacked up performer for Brentford last season, which his numbers have vouched for, thus making him one of the indispensable in the squad. Spanish boss Arteta has identified his compatriot to provide a tough competition to Ramsdale, but his decline of form last season was made up by his clutch performance in this year’s FA Community Shield final, when he proved clutch against treble winners from last season, Manchester City, thus denying them in penalties to embark the new season with a silverware.
A star for the Bees’
Raya, whose stats speak for his performance from the last season, has accumulated almost 4.1 saves per match, thus ranking him high among several other top stars in the league. He has stayed on heels with the ball, and has garnered praise for his out-of-the-world passing accuracy of 42%.
It is reported that Arteta will assess both of his goalies before placing bets on who will be the first choice in the upcoming season, which commences next week. The former Blackburn Rovers shot stopper had also attracted interest from German serial champions Bayern Munich, who are exploring options in the market for a new keeper, after Yann Sommer has signed for inter Milan, and first choice legendary keeper Manuel Neuer is yet to recuperate completely from a freak skiing accident.
But Raya chose to favor a switch to Premier League rivals Arsenal, and would now be reunited with former Brentford goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana, with the Gunners keen to complete the signing of their latest star before their league curtain raiser against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.