Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, expressed concern for David Raya’s position as Arsenal’s goalkeeper after a disappointing performance in their 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp criticized Mikel Arteta’s decision to bring in Raya to compete with Aaron Ramsdale, calling it a “complicated situation.” Raya made a crucial mistake by misjudging Mykhailo Mudryk’s cross in the second half, adding to his struggles with the ball at his feet.
Neville commented during the game that Raya appeared to be in need of help and questioned the feasibility of having both Raya and Ramsdale vying for the No. 1 spot. Neville said, “It’s the toughest position to play, especially at a top club like Arsenal, where you’re under intense scrutiny.” He further criticized Arteta for creating this situation and emphasized the pressure Raya is currently facing.
Neville continued his analysis on the Gary Neville Podcast, stating that if a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it becomes their problem. He pointed out that Ramsdale, who was initially the first choice, had done nothing wrong before Raya’s inclusion. Neville drew parallels between this situation and when Manchester United brought in competition for the goalkeeper position during his time at the club. He predicted that Ramsdale would soon demand to be reinstated, and if Arteta refuses, Ramsdale may seek a transfer.
Redknapp, on the other hand, criticized Arteta for needlessly complicating the goalkeeping situation and argued that Raya’s struggles have only been magnified as a result. Redknapp emphasized Raya’s nervous demeanor and poor decision-making, suggesting that he is not demonstrating the qualities needed to be Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper. He disagreed with suggestions that Ramsdale should consider leaving the club, instead suggesting that he should persist despite the difficult situation Arteta has created.
Aaron Ramsdale himself acknowledged the media attention surrounding the goalkeeper battle with Raya, describing it as “strange.” He expressed his concerns about potentially losing his place in the England squad if he does not win the No. 1 spot at Arsenal. Ramsdale emphasized the need to stay focused and perform amidst the external distractions.
Sky Sports pundit, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, criticized Raya for his poor positioning and lack of anticipation, emphasizing the drawbacks of having two goalkeepers vying for the same position.
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