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Transfer: Why Mikel Arteta wants Raya – Ex-Arsenal defender Gibbs

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Former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has explained why manager Mikel Arteta is hoping to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya to compete with his number one, Aaron Ramsdale.

Arsenal are currently in the process of strengthening their squad on all fronts, with three arrivals announced so far this summer transfer window.

The Gunners have spent around £210 million to sign Jurrien Timber, Declan Rice, and Kai Havertz from Ajax, West Ham United, and Chelsea, respectively.

Arteta’s side are keen to add Raya to their squad as their fourth summer arrival.

Speaking on ESPN FC, Gibbs claimed that he is not startled by Arteta’s wish to sign Raya ahead of the next season, insisting that the Arsenal coach wants a keeper who is good with his feet.

He said: “I am not surprised by Arsenal moving in for David Raya. They are going to be competing on all fronts next season. You need two proper goalkeepers; it is as simple as that.

“I think he brings something a little different to Aaron. When you are in European football, it is really good to have a goalkeeper who is really good with his feet. [I’m] not saying Aaron is not it, but I think that is one of David’s specialties. I think having those two goalkeepers would please Mikel a lot.”

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