When Arteta decided to bolster his goalkeeping staff in the summer and offer Aaron Ramsdale competition, eyebrows were raised.
After a successful season and receiving a new, long-term deal, the England international was suddenly threatened with losing his spot to the former Brentford star.
Ramsdale was replaced by Raya earlier this month and has only appeared once since, against Brentford in the Carabao Cup. Ramsdale did not make any mistakes that might be considered critical ones.
Raya, on the other hand, is still not completely persuaded that he is superior to his competitor and deserving of becoming the club’s unquestioned No. 1 after another lackluster performance against Manchester City.
Lebouef, a former Chelsea defender, said, “He has to be stubborn because he made a mistake, in my opinion, so he has to continue with Raya.”
He wanted someone who was better with the ball, not a better goalkeeper, which is why he chose Raya. Because he believes Raya is more adept with the ball than Ramsdale, he permits Raya to take so many chances.
He made that choice because he desires a sweeper-type player, which led to the emergence of a precarious rivalry between the players. The players may become jittery since they are aware that they may be replaced if they make a mistake.
He must follow through on his decision because he made it; otherwise, he would forfeit all of the credit for making it. I don’t understand it at all.
Ramsdale won the season award as the goalkeeper the previous year, but it wasn’t what he desired. I believe he is trying to emulate Guardiola’s success with Manchester City by selecting a goalie who can control the game from behind and be the first good passer.
“But you need a goalkeeper, and what happens if he misses the ball?” The statistics regarding clean sheets may not accurately represent Raya’s efforts because the defense may have improved since the season began.