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Raya indicators + Arteta on transfers and his personal contract


So, we made our first official signing of the summer season yesterday, as David Raya joined on a everlasting foundation after spending final season on mortgage from Brentford. The price is round £27m, and his contract will run for 4 years – till 2028, at which level he’ll be 32, nonetheless comparatively younger within the lifetime of a goalkeeper.

Then once more, he does need to carry on the correct aspect of a supervisor who does love a goalkeeper signing.

Chatting with the official web site, the boss mentioned:

David confirmed us final season what an essential participant he’s for us, so we’re delighted he’s now formally our participant. He’s a giant presence in our dressing room and we’re actually happy to maintain working with him.

We all know he’ll take the sturdy foundations he put in place final season and construct on them within the years to come back, and that he’ll get pleasure from extra success with us. Now we have a really proficient group of goalkeepers and I like to see connections just like the one I see in our goalkeeping unit.

It was clear fairly shortly final season that Raya was introduced in to be the #1, regardless of Arteta’s uncharacteristically clumsy feedback about ‘timeshare goalkeepers’, and though he had some wobbles right here and there (largely initially), he performed a giant half in our season, so let’s hope there’s much more to come back over the approaching years.

And whereas this deal will not be a shock in any respect, it does convey into the highlight the Aaron Ramsdale state of affairs. He’s away with England, in fact, however he received’t wish to spend one other season on the bench, so it’ll be fascinating to see what occurs with him. Some will say Arsenal are in a robust place as a result of he has a long-term contract, however the deal he signed final May additionally made him among the finest paid keepers within the Premier League, in order that’s a problem on the subject of discovering a brand new membership. What number of golf equipment can afford these wages? Not too many, so it is perhaps a case he goes on mortgage with the hope {that a} good season wherever he performs generates a bit extra curiosity than there may be proper now.

The opposite query is what number of golf equipment are available in the market for a top-level keeper this summer season? There would possibly have to be just a few items transferring right here and there earlier than the correct transfer comes lengthy, so we’ll wait and see how that one performs out.

In the meantime, Arteta did a really fascinating interview with James Olley of ESPN from the Marbella coaching camp, and was requested about his contract. He has lower than a 12 months left, however sounded a optimistic word, saying:

Issues occur in a pure method and our relationship is that good that I don’t predict any points occurring. However issues need to develop in the correct method and it’ll occur. The main target now could be, ‘OK, how we are able to enhance issues across the group, how we are able to enhance now the issues within the switch window that we’ve.’ Now we have time to take a seat down and talk about that.

And on the plans for the switch window, he was as opaque as you may think, brief on specifics, however made it clear he desires to enhance the squad:

We wish to enhance in each potential division. With the brand new laws, there are particular issues we’ve to respect and take heed to after which clearly the Euros and Copa America are slowing every part down. Hopefully now it’s going to decide up a bit bit.

There are issues that we’ve to enhance, that’s for certain and we’re going to attempt to. However the market is hard. Now we have been very aggressive, we’re very decided and we’ve a transparent thought clearly of what we wish to do. It’s going to come all the way down to discovering the correct agreements on the proper time.

A event summer season is at all times harder than others, and I do sense a bit anxiousness amongst Arsenal followers – maybe tied to the truth that a participant we targetted (Sekso) determined in opposition to making a transfer. Nonetheless, I believe the way in which we’ve completed our enterprise over the previous couple of summers, each by way of high quality of participant and timing (for essentially the most half), ought to reassure people who we’ll be capable of do the offers we would like. Who? When? Your guess is nearly as good as mine, however with somebody like Arteta, you may think about how onerous he’s pushing behind the scenes for the optimum consequence, so let’s wait and see.

Proper, I’ll go away it there for now. There’s a brand new Arsecast so that you can hearken to beneath, chatting about Riccardo Calafiori and plenty extra with Phil Costa. Get pleasure from.

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