Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya has spoken out about Aaron Ramsdale losing his starting position, calling on him to continue to "fight for the team". Raya, who arrived at Arsenal on loan from Brentford last month, was handed a start by manager Mikel Arteta for Sunday's 1-0 win at Everton and retained his position for the 4-0 Champions League victory over PSV Eindhoven. Raya acknowledges that having two top goalkeepers in one team has made their situation a story, but believes having competition for every position is part of modern football.
Raya's message to Ramsdale
Raya emphasizes that it is Arteta's decision and not his own to be in the starting lineup. He urges Ramsdale to "fight for the team and to win games" when he returns. Raya acknowledges the unique situation of having two top goalkeepers in one team, stating that it's the first time this has happened. He understands why their situation has become a story and believes that the manager wants the best players for every position.
Arteta avoids comparisons
Manager Mikel Arteta refuses to compare his goalkeepers and their different characteristics and personalities, stating that he does not want to get into that discussion. He believes that each player brings their own unique qualities to the team.
Raya likely to start against Tottenham
Arsenal will face Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday, and Raya is currently favored to retain the No1 position for the match. It remains to be seen what Arteta's decision will be for the upcoming game.