David Raya breaks silence on Mikel Arteta's decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale
David Raya insists he is unsure whether or not he has done enough to retain his place ahead of Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal goal ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.
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The summer signing from Brentford made his debut in place of the England international on Sunday and kept a clean sheet in a rare victory for his new club at Goodison Park.
Ramsdale was again forced to take a watching brief on Wednesday night as Arsenal made a triumphant return to the Champions League after a six-year absence.
Raya put in another polished performance as the Gunners cantered to a comfortable 4-0 victory but the Spaniard insists it is not a forgone conclusion that he will be given a nod against Spurs.
‘It’s his choice, it’s not my choice,’ said Raya of Mikel Arteta’s decision to rotate his goalkeepers. ‘When Aaron comes back in he needs to fight for the team and to win games.
‘I understand [the conversations about the decision] and I think it’s the first time two top goalkeepers are in the same team so that’s just part of football now. The gaffer wants two top players for each position and that’s what we have to work with.
‘I played the last two games and I don’t know what’s going to happen on Sunday.’
Arteta was, himself, asked to elaborate on a decision that has cast uncertainty over Ramsdale’s place in his long-term plans after the Dutch champions were put to the sword.
The Arsenal manager, however, gave little away at his post match press conference, saying: ‘It’s the belief that I had in the team that I wanted to play with the expected opponent.
‘Not only that, the changes that we made with all the players, it was for the same reason.’
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