Aaron Ramsdale's time at Arsenal is over - Mikel Arteta is right to favour David Raya in pursuit of Premier League and Champions League glory


Arsenal returned to the Champions League stage after a six-year absence in spectacular fashion, thrashing Eredivisie giants PSV 4-0 in front of a packed out home crowd. Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard all got on the scoresheet to wrap up a comprehensive victory, but the Gunners did not have everything their own way.

PSV managed 12 shots at goal in the match, including four on target - but David Raya kept them all out. He also plucked a number of dangerous crosses out of the air as he commanded his box impressively, and launched many of Arsenal's attacks with his superb distribution.

Raya had to wait for his chance after joining the Gunners on loan from Brentford in the summer, but he has now started ahead of Aaron Ramsdale in two successive matches, recording back-to-back clean sheets. If Mikel Arteta opts for the 28-year-old ahead of Ramsdale again when Arsenal host Tottenham in the north London derby, it will confirm a permanent changing of the guard.

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Ramsdale played a key role in the Gunners' return to the top four last season, and would have every right to feel frustrated if he does indeed lose his spot to Raya. But it would be the right decision from Arteta, who must be ruthless to take his team to the next level and deliver some long-awaited silverware.