Two games. Two clean sheets. Having bided his time for a chance to impress the Arsenal fans, David Raya couldn’t have asked for much more this week.
Now the question is whether he’ll start between the sticks in Sunday’s North London derby.
As things stand, Raya himself doesn’t know. Well, either that or he’s playing his cards close to his chest.
“I’ve just been selected for the last two games, that is just the choice of the gaffer — that is his choice, not my choice, and when Aaron comes in he will need to also fight for the team and to win games,” he told reporters after last night’s 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.
“I think it is the first time that two top goalkeepers are in the same team, so that is just part of football now. The gaffer wants two top players for each position, and that is what we have to work with. I have played the last two games and now we see what happens on Sunday.”
Having sacrificed guaranteed football at Brentford, the decision to join Arsenal and fight for the number one shirt with a player who was voted by his peers as the Premier League’s best keeper, was certainly a bold one. Raya says he’s relishing the competition.
“It is something every player has to do — to back yourself to get in the team, and that is why I moved to Arsenal and try to do my best for the team when I’m selected,” he said.
He also let on that Mikel Arteta’s decision to start him at Goodison Park on Sunday may have come sooner than even he was expecting.
“You never know when you’re going to play and that is the hardest thing to do.
“Making your debut for a club like Arsenal, and obviously having Aaron as a team-mate, makes it a bit harder for you, but it came quick. But you never know when it is going to be and you have to be ready.”
Ramsdale was voted man of the match when Arsenal beat Sp*rs 2-0 in January. He took a kick on the back from a home supporter for his troubles.
He may now be wondering whether he has reason to kick himself having seemingly lost his place in the blink of an eye.