Jamie Carragher slams Arsenal star who has become a ‘massive problem’ after Newcastle loss

The Gunners' unbeaten start is over.

Jamie Carragher slams Arsenal star who has become a ‘massive problem’ after Newcastle loss
Jamie Carragher has fired a warning to Mikel Arteta over David Raya (Picture: Sky Sports)
Jamie Carragher has fired a warning to Mikel Arteta over David Raya (Picture: Sky Sports)

Jamie Carragher slammed Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday, feeling he is now a ‘massive problem’.

Raya has made a series of key mistakes since replacing Aaron Ramsdale as the Gunners’ No.1 ‘keeper this term.

The 28-year-old Spaniard, who joined Arsenal this summer on a season-long loan from Brentford, put in another poor performance in the loss to Eddie Howe’s side.

While Carragher has previously told Ramsdale that he has no future at the club and told him to leave in January, he has now taken aim at fellow ‘keeper Raya.

‘Let’s not get lost in all the VAR stuff,’ Carragher said on Sky Sports after the match at St James’ Park, in reference to Anthony Gordon’s controversial winner.

‘The Arsenal goalkeeper [David Raya] has, again, made another mistake and this is a massive problem now for Mikel Arteta.

‘This is a huge problem. Again he’s made the same mistake, like he did a couple of weeks ago at Chelsea, and he got away with it. He hasn’t got away with it here.

‘Look at where he is initially, when the shot comes in initially he’s outside his near post.

‘The ball flies across the other side and keep an eye on him: he tells his players to get out, he’s wanting the ball to be called out of play and then he just keeps edging and edging forward.

‘And when that ball leaves Joe Willock’s foot, again, he – the goalkeeper – is outside his near post.

‘Now this a recurring theme with this goalkeeper a lot. He finds himself where he’s out of position and he can’t then reach the ball.

‘And I actually think it then has a knock-on effect when you’re talking about the foul, because I think Gabriel Magalhaes is actually stooping because he thinks the ball might evade the keeper and he might have to [head it clear].’

Arsenal paid Brentford £3m to secure the loan deal for Raya and have the option to sign him permanently for an extra £27m at the end of the season.

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