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David Raya has a message for Arsenal fans after Tottenham mistake

Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya has sent a message to fans after his mistake against Tottenham in the North London Derby

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Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya has pledged to glean valuable lessons from his recent error that allowed Tottenham back into the north London derby clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the weekend.

Despite the Gunners’ commanding three-goal lead at halftime, with strikes from Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz adding to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s own goal, Raya’s blunder gifted Spurs a lifeline. A misplaced pass found Cristian Romero, who capitalized on the opportunity to narrow the scoreline.

Son Heung-min’s penalty further intensified the contest, but Arsenal managed to withstand Tottenham’s late onslaught to secure a 3-2 victory. The result increased the pressure on Manchester City, who responded with a win over Nottingham Forest, closing the gap to just one point behind Arsenal in the title race.

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Raya acknowledged his error and expressed his determination to learn from the experience.

“I’ve learned from making mistakes. If you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn. It’s part of football, everybody makes mistakes,” David Raya said.

“But the thing is, when the ‘keeper makes a mistake, is normally it is a goal and it’s more seen, more talked [about] compared to a striker missing a tap-in or whatever. But it’s just part of football and you learn from that, that’s the most important thing. You just learn from the mistakes.”


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta defended Raya, praising his response after the mistake and highlighting his contribution in the latter stages of the game. Speaking to reporters, Arteta said that mistakes are a part of football and commended Raya for his resilience and commitment.

“It’s part of football,’ Arteta told reporters when asked about Raya’s mistake that led to Romero’s goal. “It’s a sequence of play, I don’t like it, I don’t like the principles that we apply in that moment and the orientation of the ball.

“After that, that can happen, you misjudge the situation, you try to make the pass and you don’t and you are in doubt. They scored to take advantage of that. The penalty is another principle inside the box that you cannot do. It’s part of football.

“What I love is that David does that [the mistake], he picks Gabriel Magalhaes up – that is quite heavy! – and then he was sensational in the last 20 to 25 minutes of the game. This is what I love about our players.”

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