Mikel Arteta drops David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale Arsenal hint amid Barcelona and Liverpool claim

29 September 2023 - 5:20 pm

Arsenal goalkeepers are still a topic of discussion as Mikel Arteta fielded more questions on David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale before Bournemouth.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has fielded yet more questions on the goalkeeping situation at the club amid plenty of debate surrounding David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale. The Spaniard has continued to shuffle his choice with the gloves so far, keeping plenty of mystery over which will play.

The Gunners switched up their goalkeeping ranks over the summer as Matt Turner left for Nottingham Forest, leaving a position open. Raya was opted for as his replacement, joining on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy included – which football.london understands is worth £27million.

The new addition had impressed with the Bees, touted with a big move during the transfer window, with the expectation of first-team football. With his arrival, it added questions over the future of Ramsdale, who signed a new deal earlier this year and has been the first-choice since his arrival.

It was the Englishman that held down the position for the first few games, but that changed over the international break. Raya was given his chance in an away clash with Everton before following that up with consecutive appearances against PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham.

They switched places again in midweek against Brentford in the EFL Cup, but heading into the match with AFC Bournemouth this weekend, there’s still question marks over the role. It was a topic of discussion once again for Arteta in his pre-match press conference, with some humour involved in it.

The manager was asked if a goalkeeper with a surname beginning with the letter R would be starting, poking fun at the decisions ahead. “You are a genius. I have my answer for the rest of the season. Thank you so much for your cooperation,” Arteta said jokingly – though potentially ruling Karl Hein out of an appearance this season.

When asked if a similar situation has occurred in his career, with two quality goalkeeping options, Arteta pointed towards a Barcelona legend and a Liverpool icon in his answer, saying: “Since I was 13 years old. One in Anteguoko and one in Barcelona. My two goalkeepers at Barcelona were Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina.”

It remains to be seen which keeper will be given the nod on Saturday, but it is bound to spark discussion whichever way he decides.