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Bukayo Saka makes Arsenal promise as Gary Neville highlights big Mikel Arteta ‘problem’

Bukayo Saka makes Arsenal promise as Gary Neville highlights big Mikel Arteta ‘problem’

Arsenal remains undefeated in the current Premier League season, managing to secure a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, despite trailing by two goals. 

Leandro Trossard emerged as the hero for Mikel Arteta’s team, equalizing the scoreline after Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk had initially given Chelsea a comfortable lead.

With this draw, Arsenal now shares the top spot in the league with Manchester City, who won 2-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. However, their position as league leaders could change tonight as Tottenham takes on Fulham.

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Following the match at Stamford Bridge, significant attention was directed towards Arsenal’s goalkeeper situation. David Raya’s misjudgment of Mudryk’s delivery, leading to the second goal, raised more doubts about Mikel Arteta’s choice to have two primary goalkeepers.

Here are the most recent headlines from football.london on Monday, October 23.

Arteta ‘problem’ his own fault

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville has expressed his opinion on the David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale situation at Arsenal in the wake of the Spanish goalkeeper’s challenging performance against Chelsea.

Raya, who has been Arteta’s choice as the primary goalkeeper, found himself in a suboptimal position during Mudryk’s goal and also had a close call due to a poor pass by Palmer when the score was 2-0.

After the thrilling match at Stamford Bridge, Neville has emphasized that the former Brentford goalkeeper is under significant pressure.

. “David Raya started his Arsenal career well but then he had a poor Champions League game [against Lens] followed by that first half against Manchester City,” Neville said during commentary on Sky Sports.

“Now, this game. It’s getting hot for him. He’s got that look on his face like, ‘help’. It’s the toughest position to play and certainly when you’re at one of the biggest clubs in the league, you’re under the most amount of scrutiny – particularly if you’re a goalkeeper.

“Mikel Arteta has created that, let’s be clear with the Ramsdale and Raya situation. It’s unusual but he says it can work. I’ve never believed it could, and I believe we’re seeing in front of our eyes the challenges that exist because now, there is going to be pressure. Aaron Ramsdale hadn’t done a lot wrong at the start of the season. Raya has now started to make mistakes.”

Saka and Rice make Chelsea admission

Bukayo Saka has affirmed that Arsenal had higher expectations for their 2-2 Premier League draw with Chelsea on Saturday. 

Saka, who made his comeback from injury and provided an assist, has pledged that the Gunners continually aim for greater achievements.

On Instagram, he wrote: “Good team spirit to fight back, but we always want more.” Trossard posted a similar message, writing: “Never count us out!”

Rice added: “We Never Give Up.” And defender Jurrien Timber, who has been injured since the first game of the season, credited his teammates for their “good comeback”.

Ramsdale chance incoming

The demand for Aaron Ramsdale to regain his position as Arsenal’s goalkeeper is becoming increasingly prominent, particularly after another less-than-convincing display by David Raya.

It remains uncertain whether Aaron Ramsdale will be selected for the UEFA Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday. The high stakes are involved as Arsenal aim to control their destiny in terms of qualifying for the knockout stages. It wouldn’t be surprising if Arteta decides to stick with David Raya.

However, Ramsdale will have his chances soon. The Carabao Cup match against West Ham United is just around the corner, and due to Premier League loan rules preventing a player from facing his parent club, he is virtually guaranteed to be the goalkeeper against Brentford on November 25, as Raya will be ineligible – a different situation from their recent cup encounter.

This situation could potentially create an intriguing scenario, particularly if Ramsdale has only played one match leading up to the London derby. It would offer him an opportunity to prove to Arteta that he deserves to return as the starting goalkeeper for the upcoming Premier League and Champions League fixtures.

Bukayo Saka makes Arsenal promise as Gary Neville highlights big Mikel Arteta ‘problem’

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