Arsenal fans chant for Aaron Ramsdale’s return but stats suggest they’re better off with David Raya
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Arsenal fans chant for Aaron Ramsdale’s return but stats suggest they’re better off with David Raya

Oct 23, 2023

The battle is still raging over who should be Arsenal number one.

David Raya usurped Aaron Ramsdale earlier this season, but there have been calls to restore the England man back between the sticks.

Arteta dropped England international Ramsdale in favour of new signing Raya

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Arteta dropped England international Ramsdale in favour of new signing RayaCredit: Getty
Raya has been drafted into the starting XI, with the 27-year-old the new No.1 it seems

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Raya has been drafted into the starting XI, with the 27-year-old the new No.1 it seemsCredit: Getty

Raya had a nightmare game against Chelsea on Saturday, leading to a smattering of chants for Ramsdale.

The 27-year-old joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Brentford, but the club does have the option to buy.

Raya has started six out of seven matches for the Gunners in all competitions since his debut against Everton in August, despite Arteta’s talk of rotation.

Ramsdale has had to settle for a place on the bench, with his only appearance since then coming in the 1-0 win over Brentford last month in the Carabao Cup.

Both shot-stoppers have had their ups and downs, and we have broken down the stat comparison between the two goalkeepers.

Overwhelmingly, Raya tops the stats and comes out on top, keeping three cleansheets in the Premier League compared to Ramsdale’s one, but both have shipped four in the process.

The Spain international has more minutes per goals conceded (113), as compared to Ramsdale, who has a total of 90 minutes.

Raya has also made eight saves with a 67 per cent save rate, whereas his opponent has a 58 per cent prevention stat to his name.

One area that is clear to see is the fact that Raya is ultimately better with his feet.

Raya has looked nervous, but is known for being good with the ball at his feet

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Raya has looked nervous, but is known for being good with the ball at his feetCredit: Getty

That is because he has managed 154 successful passes, compared to Ramsdale’s 74 in total, although both have an accuracy rate of 78 per cent and 77 per cent, respectively.

Raya has made 76 long passes, compared to his teammate’s lowly 33, with the former raking up a 43 per cent accuracy rate to Ramsdale’s 33 per cent.

The former Brentford goalkeeper has come under recent scrutiny for taking too much time on the ball.

He struggled in Arsenal’s recent 2-1 defeat to Lens in the Champions League, the first half of the 1-0 win over Manchester City, and the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.

Raya was caught off his line by Mudryk's cross in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea

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Raya was caught off his line by Mudryk’s cross in the 2-2 draw with ChelseaCredit: Getty

Speaking on commentary during the game at Stamford Bridge, Gary Neville told Sky Sports: “David Raya started his Arsenal career well but then he had a poor Champions League game [against Lens] followed by that first half against Manchester City.

“Now, this game. It’s getting hot for him. He’s got that look on his face like, ‘help’.

“It’s the toughest position to play and certainly when you’re at one of the biggest clubs in the league, you’re under the most amount of scrutiny – particularly if you’re a goalkeeper.

Ramsdale started against Brentford in the Carabao Cup and is hopeful of regaining his place back in the Premier League

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Ramsdale started against Brentford in the Carabao Cup and is hopeful of regaining his place back in the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty

“Mikel Arteta has created that, let’s be clear with the Ramsdale and Raya situation. It’s unusual but he says it can work.

“I’ve never believed it could, and I believe we’re seeing in front of our eyes the challenges that exists because now, there is going to be pressure.

“Aaron Ramsdale hadn’t done a lot wrong at the start of the season. Raya has now started to make mistakes.”

How Ramsdale and Raya's stats compare in the Premier League

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How Ramsdale and Raya’s stats compare in the Premier LeagueCredit: talksport

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