·21 September 2023
·21 September 2023
Thierry Henry makes big Arsenal claim.
The Gunners were busy during the summer transfer window as over £200m was spent to sign Raya, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.
Raya has joined Arsenal on an initial loan deal from Premier League rivals Brentford. Arteta’s side are paying a £3m loan fee for the Spaniard and this transfer includes an obligation to buy for £27m next summer.
Arsenal’s decision to sign Raya has been questioned as Aaron Ramsdale has barely put a foot wrong over the past couple of seasons and the Englishman shone last season as they challenged for the Premier League title.
Raya was drafted in to start against Everton over the weekend and the Spain international also started against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League group stages on Wednesday night.
Henry thinks Raya was brought in because Arteta thinks the shot-stopper can help Arsenal “in the league”.
“It’s not about who is right or who is wrong – Mikel Arteta is the coach,” Henry told CBS Sports.
“He sees David Raya as a guy that can win him the league. When he sold Bernd Leno, he saw Aaron Ramsdale as a guy who could help them get to the top four.
“I think if he [Arteta] wants to go and get David Raya, it’s not me that wants him, it’s not Jamie [Carragher], it’s not Peter [Schmeichel], it’s not whoever. It doesn’t really matter. He [Arteta] went to get him [Raya]. He [Arteta] thinks he is the better goalkeeper – there is no rotation there.
“Arteta thinks David Raya is better and that’s about it. People have to stop with that goalkeeper thing.”
Henry also cannot understand the uproar relating to Raya and Ramsdale vying for starts as “competition will happen” at big clubs.
“When you play at a big club, competition will happen,” Henry continued.
“Second of all, when you are a striker and a club gets one of the best strikers in the world to compete with you, does a striker cry because you might not feel comfortable because there is another guy that can take my position at half-time or after an hour?
“I can tell you it’s not easy as a striker to go on the field knowing that if you miss, in an hour someone will come on. It’s not about rotation.”