Gary Neville has picked out one Arsenal player for his poor performance against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. No Arsenal player played particularly well, but David Raya’s performance stood out for all the wrong reasons as the Gunners drop points at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were by far the better team throughout most of the 90 minutes but the best teams find a way to get a result even when they don’t play well, and that exactly what Mikel Arteta’s side done today. Chelsea took the lead from the penalty spot after William Saliba was deemed to have stopped a goal with his hand following a header from Mykhaylo Mudryk.
Everyone expected Arsenal to come out for the second-half a different team, but it didn’t happen and it went from bad to worse when David Raya found himself in no-man’s land as he was lobbed by Mudryk to double Chelsea’s lead.
Arsenal only turned up with 15 minutes to go, as an amazing strike from Declan Rice, followed by a first-time finish by Leandro Trossard at the back post kept the Gunners’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season alive.
Gary Neville insisted live on Sky Sports during the match that David Raya is not good enough following his mistake for Chelsea’s second goal. Gary Neville: “His position, Raya, is not good enough. He’s far too far forward. That is not good from the Arsenal goalkeeper. That should not end up in the back of the Arsenal net.
“He doesn’t mean to chip in, but the fact that he can chip in isn’t right.”
David Raya nearly made it worse shortly after when he gave away possession right on the edge of his own box. The Spaniard had to desperately scramble across to keep the ball out as Cole Palmer looked set to score.
There’s no doubt David Raya is a top keeper and it says a lot that Mikel Arteta wanted him when he already had Aaron Ramsdale. However right now his form looks too shaky to rely on him week in, week out, especially when you’ve got an England international on the bench who probably didn’t deserve to get dropped in the first place.