The Arsenal switch management command middle is working Brentford onerous for goalkeeper David Raya. The Spaniard is 27 years outdated, he has a number of expertise getting overwhelmed up in The Championship, and he’s performed a number of video games for an excellent Brentford aspect.
The massive query is that this: is he a greater Matt Turner – or is he a future primary?
You don’t have to guess – he’d be coming to Arsenal to compete for Aaron Ramsdale’s shirt.
There are a couple of causes for this:
#1 He’s a greater shot-stopper than Ramsdale by fairly a monstrous quantity. Aaron’s save proportion is 67% – Raya sits at 77%. That’s the distinction between 4th finest within the league and twelfth. Aaron underperforms anticipated saves, Raya overperforms. We’ve already seen Aaron make two errors from distance in preseason.
#2 He can do the identical issues on the ball as Ramsdale, however possibly barely higher from distance. I don’t assume there’s an enormous discrepancy right here, as a result of might there be, Aaron is nice on the ball. However one factor you may not have observed… however beneath stress, Aaron will launch into nowhere. Aaron is healthier at center distances and brief genearlly.
That stated, this may very well be situational. Brentford aren’t recognized for taking part in out the again and so they have taller gamers which makes longballs extra prone to discover their goal.
#3 Spurs and Bayern are excited by his providers. If he’s shifting to Arsenal, it’s not for the status of the badge; it’s for the status of the #1 shirt, and the badge. You don’t surrender minutes at 27 in case you are a Premier League primary.
#4 Our maintaining coach, who I’ve opinions about, is mainly his finest pal. He’s been making an attempt to carry him to Arsenal for the reason that Runarsson days
I’m additionally a giant fan a couple of status fancy keeper coming from Brentford. It’s like hiring a ballerina that’s spent 5 years within the jungle preventing rebels. Raya has surprisingly good stats from crosses for a small man. However I suppose you study the ropes if you’re coaching with Brentford field brutes each week.
What I don’t like is that this suggestion may have come from the maintaining coach that has fallen out with all his keepers to this point and really helpful a complete bunch of names that haven’t labored. I don’t thoughts that we establish areas for improve – I simply really feel we must be the place we should be already with our keeper. However clear, we’re not. Who’s accountable for that?
This transfer feels fairly brutal, contemplating the deal we simply put Aaron on. You’d need to say, potential-wise, Aaron has all of it. The issue is Arteta is speed-running a league push NOW. So errors and any form of disruption to the again can’t be allowed to fester. That is an costly insurance coverage coverage. If Aaron will get it collectively, we have now a world-class keeper now. If he doesn’t, then Raya will take over and Arteta will hope he can transfer us ahead.
Who will win out? I don’t know. Let’s get the deal accomplished earlier than we fear about that.
Okay, brief publish as a result of I’m writing about this late at evening.
The most recent podcast is right here. Apologies to the Patreons who received’t get a video on this one… it corrupted.
Right here’s what we chatted about:
📢Guaranteeing a loud future
🎯Aaron Ramsdale #1 place formally beneath menace
💵Balogun payment – time revisit after United set new benchmark?
⏲️Declan Rice – how a lot time is truthful?