Arsenal goalkeeper, David Raya says the team needed a big win against Crystal Palace after returning from the winter break in Dubai to put the season back on track. The Gunners suffered three consecutive defeats in December and January, winning just one of their last six matches before the winter break.
Arsenal returned from the break with renewed vigor, showcasing a revamped spirit that hinted at a turning point. The north Londoners, often touted as walking billboards for the adage “if you face the sun, the shadows will fall behind you,” found a much-needed remedy during their mid-season training camp in Dubai.
A diverse array of goal-scorers contributed to Arsenal’s comprehensive victory over Crystal Palace, with goals from defender Gabriel Magalhaes, an own goal from Dean Henderson, a strike from winger Leandro Trossard, and a pair of stoppage-time finishes by substitute Gabriel Martinelli. By the final whistle, Crystal Palace seemed as bewildered as church wardens at a swingers’ party, uncertain of the onslaught’s origin but aware of its inevitability.
Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya, whose pinpoint distribution initiated the lightning break leading to Trossard’s goal, expressed the significance of the win post-game. Raya emphasised the team’s need for such a victory after the break, stating, “We needed a win like this. Obviously, it was a good break, we trained really hard and focused on the things we had to improve.”
Reflecting on the team’s recent struggles, Raya added, “Every team goes through bad periods in a season, and we went through a tricky period, but we got our feeling back, and this was our response.” He highlighted the importance of the mid-season training camp, providing the team with additional time on the training ground to refine their approach.
“We have quality players all over the pitch, and anybody can score, as we saw against Palace. Everybody can contribute to goals, from me to the strikers, and that’s a good way of thinking,” Raya stated, emphasizing the team’s collective goal-scoring potential.
Despite the emphatic victory, concerns persist. The first two goals, originating from a corner and a header, highlighted a need for creative evolution in Arsenal’s attacking strategies. But Arteta will take the points and goals while hoping to iron out the few edges that are still lacking.