Arsenal on Tuesday announced the signing of Brentford goalkeeper David Raya on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Raya’s move to the Emirates Stadium puts the Spain international in an intriguing contest with England’s Aaron Ramsdale to start in goal for the Gunners.
The 27-year-old played in all 38 Premier League games for Brentford last season, earning widespread praise for his performances.
He had been linked with a 30 million pounds (35 million euros) switch to Arsenal prior to his loan deal, which is reported to have cost the north London club around 3 million pounds.
Arsenal have the option of making the Raya signing into a permanent transfer for a reported 27 million pounds at the end of this season.
“We welcome David to us on a season-long loan. David is a top-quality goalkeeper, who has consistently performed to a high level with Brentford in the Premier League,” Arsenal Sporting Director Edu said.
“With David joining us we are adding quality and depth to our squad so we can perform at the highest possible level in all competitions.”
Raya was spotted in the stands at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday for title-chasing Arsenal’s season-opening 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
Ramsdale has been a solid performer for Arsenal since arriving from Sheffield United in 2021.
But Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wanted more competition for Ramsdale after selling back-up Matt Turner to Forest.
Raya will put the 25-year-old Ramsdale’s hold on the Arsenal keeper’s jersey under intense pressure.
Raya has 20 clean-sheets in 62 Premier League games and made 161 appearances in all competitions for Brentford.
Despite his loan move on Tuesday, the Spaniard has also extended his contract with Brentford by two years, with a club option for an additional 12 months.
Brentford director of football Phil Giles said: “I’m sure the first question that all Brentford fans will ask is why this transfer has been structured as an initial loan with Arsenal having the option to make it permanent in the future.
“The answer to that is simply that it enables this deal to be done more rapidly between both clubs, with all parties wanting to make this a permanent transfer as soon as practically possible, whenever that might be.”
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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
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