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Ian Wright changes his mind on one Arsenal star after the North London Derby

Ian Wright says he has changed his mind about one Arsenal player after the 3-2 victory over Tottenham in the North London Derby

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Ian Wright has opened up about his evolving feelings towards Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya in the aftermath of Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Tottenham in the North London Derby.

Mikel Arteta’s side secured a crucial win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, despite facing a second-half scare. While Arsenal had seemingly cruised to a comfortable lead with three first-half goals, a mistake from Raya allowed Tottenham to claw their way back into the game.

In the 64th minute, Raya’s error gifted the ball to Cristian Romero, who capitalised on the opportunity to score for Spurs. Additionally, Raya was beaten from the penalty spot later in the game after a challenge from Declan Rice on Ben Davies.

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Despite Raya’s costly mistake, Wright acknowledged the goalkeeper’s resilience and character in the aftermath of the match. “Can I just say on Raya’s behalf and credit to him, he was magnificent after that,” Wright commented. “That made me feel differently. He was brilliant after that.”

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Wright highlighted Raya’s proactive approach in the latter stages of the game, particularly his confidence in claiming crosses to alleviate pressure on the Arsenal defense. Despite the early setback, Raya’s assertiveness in the box earned praise from Wright and demonstrated his ability to bounce back from adversity.

“I was thinking Bayern Munich, a big game, he made me jittery and made a mistake. Same with this game, he made a mistake. But in both of those games, I would probably say this game more, his character came through.

“Did you see the hug Mikel gave him afterwards and the little chat? That says to me that he is probably giving that because he rectified it. Everything that went in that box he came to get it and took it.”

Raya’s performance against Tottenham showcased his growing confidence and reliability since replacing Aaron Ramsdale in the Arsenal goal. Arteta, too, expressed his satisfaction with Raya’s contribution, celebrating alongside the goalkeeper after the final whistle.

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