Arsenal have two quality goalkeepers in David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale, but how does their record compare with both goalkeepers starting this season?
It didn’t take long until Ramsdale established himself as Arsenal’s number one upon his arrival in 2021 as he soon replaced Bernd Leno as Arteta’s first choice.
The England international arguably had his best season in 2022-23 as he managed to keep 14 clean sheets and play an integral role in the Gunners title challenge.
Fast forward to the summer of 2023 and Arteta then decided to make the bold decision to sign a new goalkeeper. Raya joined the squad on loan from Brentford, with Arsenal holding the option to purchase him for £27million.
The Arsenal boss has insisted that the number one spot is up for grabs and he isn’t afraid to switch the goalkeepers in and out, depending on who is currently in the best form.
“I think I mentioned it that we wanted to build a squad with two quality players in each position, with different characteristics, and we have got that now. And to maximise that they have to play games, and we have a lot of games coming up now,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“And we have the same with other players that we have rotated and there will be a lot of game-time in the next few games.”
While Ramsdale had the number one sport at the start of the season, Raya has been Arteta’s preferred option since the end of September. With the England international currently sat on the sidelines, the speculation surrounding his future is currently rife.
Plenty of pundits have raised an eyebrow over the idea of having two goalkeepers capable of being the number one. Gary Neville for example isn’t a fan of the idea.
“The problem is David Raya has started to look a little nervy in the last few games, he’s started to make mistakes,” Neville said.
“You’ve got two goalkeepers of equal ability and you don’t know which one’s your number one, you’ve got an issue. Trust me.
“I think that there is a problem brewing here, whereby Ramsdale is going to start knocking on the door to say get me back in and if he doesn’t he’s going to ask to leave.”
We’ve taken a closer look into Arsenal’s record in 2023-24 when Ramsdale started compared to their record with Raya between the sticks.
With Ramsdale starting
Clean sheets: 2
Goals conceded: 5
Goals against per game: 0.83
Points per game: 2.33
Win rate: 66.6%
Loss rate: 0%
With Raya starting
Clean sheets: 4
Goals conceded: 7
Goals against per game: 0.86
Points per game: 2.13
Win rate: 62.5%
Loss rate: 12.5%