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Arsenal Prepared To Offer €30m For This Brentford Keeper: Good Choice For Arteta?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Calciomercato mentioned that Arsenal are prepared to offer €30m for Brentford keeper David Raya this summer. It has been stated that the Gunners are eyeing a move to land the Spanish custodian in this off-season.

Raya’s Impressive Form In English Football Last Season

Raya enjoyed a decent campaign at Brentford in the previous campaign as he produced a run of impressive displays in goal for them in the Premier League. The Barcelona-born talent featured in 39 matches for the Bees last season, conceding 47 goals and earning 12 clean sheets in the process across all fronts.

The 27-year-old was a decent performer at the back based on his average of 0.5 clearances and 10.8 long balls per game in Premier League football. However, he has to find a way to improve his ball distribution after completing 60.7% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Brentford will run out in the summer of 2024. Thus, the Gunners could potentially land him on a cut-price deal in this ongoing transfer window.

David Raya
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JULY 23: David Raya #1 of Brentford FC in action against the Fulham FC during a Premier League Summer Series match at Lincoln Financial Field on July 23, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Is Raya A Good Choice For Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta?

Raya can be a safe pair of hands in between the sticks when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. He is a solid handler of the ball and has got decent reflexes that help him pull off a few impressive saves at the back.

The Spanish keeper usually puts his foot through the ball when needed but has to figure out a way to improve his passing accuracy if he wants to be a success story at a top club like Arsenal in the future.

We can expect Raya to enhance the quality of Mikel Arteta‘s match-day squad. He would also help the Gunners compete across all competitions in the coming seasons. Thus, it makes sense for the North London club to engineer a move to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

At 27, Raya is about to enter his prime which makes him a decent choice for Arsenal to pursue ahead of the new campaign. He already knows the Premier League well by now and would serve as an ideal deputy to Aaron Ramsdale at the London club.

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