Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has defended Mikel Arteta's decision to sign David Raya in the summer transfer window. The Spanish goalkeeper has started the Gunners' last two fixtures — keeping a clean sheet against Everton and PSV Eindhoven.
Raya completed a loan move to the Emirates Stadium this summer which sparked speculation over Aaron Ramsdale's future as No.1 goalkeeper at Arsenal. The 25-year-old began the season in the starting XI but since the international break, he has been dropped to the bench.
Arteta has been heavily questioned about his decision to start Raya ahead of Ramsdale in the last two fixtures — but the Arsenal boss has stood firm on his stance that he wants every position in the team to have competition. Speaking after the Arsenal win against PSV, Henry told CBS Sports: «It's not about who is right or who is wrong — Mikel Arteta is the coach.
»He sees David Raya as a guy that can win him the league. When he sold Bernd Leno, he saw Aaron Ramsdale as a guy that can help them get to the top four.
«I think if he [Arteta] wants to go and get David Raya, it's not me that wants him, it's not Jamie [Carragher], it's not Peter [Schmeichel], it's not whoever. It doesn't really matter.
»He [Arteta] went to get him [Raya]. He [Arteta] thinks he is the better goalkeeper — there is no rotation there.
«Arteta thinks David Raya is better and that's about it. People have to stop with that goalkeeper thing.
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