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Brentford accept Arsenal approach to play David Raya in the Carabao Cup

David Raya will be eligible to play in the EFL Cup between Arsenal and Brentford despite joining on loan.

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Arsenal and Brentford have reached an agreement for on-loan Spanish goalkeeper David Raya to play against his parent club in the League Cup later this month. The Gunners will face Brentford in the EFL Cup Third Round on Wednesday, September 27th, with kick-off set for 19:45 at the Gtech Community Stadium. 

This fixture falls just three days after the highly anticipated North London derby against Tottenham and three days before Arsenal’s Premier League journey to Bournemouth.
The midweek clash with Brentford underscores the need for squad rotation, and Mikel Arteta is expected to make several changes, particularly in the goalkeeping department. 

Aaron Ramsdale has held the number one spot since the fourth match of the 2021/22 season when he replaced Bernd Leno, who subsequently departed. However, the arrival of David Raya this summer has added a new dimension to the competition for the starting goalkeeper position in the Premier League.

 

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It’s worth noting that Raya was signed on an initial loan deal, which means he cannot play in Premier League matches against Brentford. However, the EFL’s Carabao Cup 2023/24 rulebook, section 6.3, states that “Players registered on a temporary basis will not be eligible to play unless the club holding his full registration gives its written consent.” 

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Fortunately, it has been confirmed that David Raya is indeed eligible to play against his “parent club” Brentford, with the Bees agreeing to this potential cup clash scenario. This presents Raya with an opportunity to showcase his skills in cup competitions for Arsenal.

Previously, Arsenal had managed their schedule with one game per week, but this is about to change. Following the international break and their away trip to Everton, the club will be plunged into a hectic two-week period featuring five matches. 

Consequently, Arsenal has taken measures to strengthen their squad and retain key assets, such as Thomas Partey, Jorginho, and Emile Smith Rowe, despite interest from other clubs.

In addition to Raya, Arteta is likely to field a lineup that includes Leandro Trossard, Jorginho, Jakub Kiwior, and Emile Smith Rowe for this Carabao Cup fixture. Arteta has a history of taking cup competitions seriously, as demonstrated in the Europa League knockout rounds, and with Arsenal’s ascent to the Champions League, a similar strategy might be employed in this competition.

With a crucial Champions League group stage match against PSV Eindhoven scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th, and the North London derby looming on the weekend, Arteta faces the challenge of managing his squad effectively to maintain peak performance throughout this demanding period.

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