- Mikel Arteta opted to hand David Raya his first Arsenal start in Everton clash
- The Gunners boss also swapped summer signing Kai Havertz for Fabio Vieira.
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Piers Morgan claims Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta “humiliated” No.1 goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale by opting for summer signing David Raya during their clash at Everton.
Raya made his first start for Arsenal during the Gunners’ trip to Goodison Park after being selected over Aaron Ramsdale in the starting XI.
The controversial TV presenter and journalist posted on X, formerly Twitter, before the match: “I don’t understand what Ramsdale did to deserve to be dropped? Havertz, yes… but Ramsdale has always been superb for us. Why humiliate him?
Many others have taken to X to share their views on Arteta’s switch, with many suggesting it was a smart move ahead of the Gunners’ Champions League clash with PSV on Wednesday.
Piers Morgan claims Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta “humiliated” No.1 goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale by opting for summer signing David Raya to take his place in their clash at Everton.
Ramsdale beat Jordan Pickford as England number 1 during international break
David Raya made his first Arsenal start, replacing Aaron Ramsdale for the clash with Everton
Kai Havertz was replaced by Fabio Vieira in the only other change since the club’s 3-1 win over Man United before the international break.
Meanwhile, compatriot Kai Havertz was also replaced in the starting XI after grabbing an international assist as Germany beat France in a friendly, with Fabio Vieira taking his place for the clash against the Toffees.
Mikel Arteta has also decided once again to stick with Eddie Nketiah up front, with last season’s marquee arrival Gabriel Jesus named on the bench.
The changes come after a week in which the Gunners boss explained he had been forced to get involved in training due to the number of players available at the club, with the 41-year-old taking away games training this week as a cover.
Arteta’s decision to bring in a new goalkeeper has raised eyebrows this summer, especially as Raya is unlikely to be deployed as a traditional replacement given his considerable reputation having received plaudits in successive Premier League campaigns. Premier League with the Bees.
Speaking ahead of the match, Arteta refused to confirm whether the change was indicative of his preferred goalkeeper.
“I think I mentioned that we wanted to be a team with two quality players in that position with different characteristics and we have that now.
“To maximize that we have to play games and we have a lot of games coming up now and that’s the same as the other players we’ve been rotating with and they’ll get a lot of playing time in the next few games .”
The Spanish national impressed Arsenal fans during his composed performance against Everton.
Both goalkeepers will have to fight for a starting place in Arteta’s team this season
Ramsdale took an unusual place on the bench to watch his teammates at Goodison Park
Ramsdale has established himself as the Gunners’ No.1 since arriving from Sheffield United in 2021 and is widely regarded as the first-choice replacement for starting England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The former Brentford goalkeeper joined the Gunners in the summer to challenge Ramsdale for the club’s top spot, with his competitive debut marking the first time since March 2022 that Ramsdale has not started a Premier League match.