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Fabrizio Romano confirms Arsenal have a verbal agreement for first summer signing

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Arsenal have a verbal agreement in place for their first summer signing

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Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the first move by Arsenal ahead of the upcoming window, with a verbal agreement already in place between the Gunners and Brentford for goalkeeper David Raya.

Arsenal’s latest victory, a commanding 3-0 victory over Bournemouth, saw them extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table. The match also marked a significant personal achievement for Raya, who was announced as the Golden Glove winner for the 2023/24 season, boasting an impressive tally of 15 clean sheets.

Currently on loan from Brentford, Raya’s future at Arsenal seems assured, with Romano confirming the verbal agreement for his permanent transfer in the summer. “David Raya will become an Arsenal player on a permanent deal from Brentford for £27 million,” Romano stated, revealing the agreement between the parties.

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Manager Mikel Arteta’s decision to sign Raya initially faced criticism, particularly in light of replacing Aaron Ramsdale. However, Arsenal’s defensive solidity, evidenced by conceding only 28 goals in 36 matches, has validated Arteta’s choice.

Addressing inquiries about Raya’s future, Arteta emphasised that decisions regarding player contracts would be evaluated post-season, acknowledging Raya’s significant contributions to the team’s success.

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“Those conversations are for after the season, we will review where we are. Obviously we are really happy with David and everything that he has brought to the club, to the team, there’s no question about it, but all those decisions are to be made between all of us at the club and we will see.”

Despite Raya’s achievements, doubts linger among some pundits, including Troy Deeney, who remains unconvinced by the goalkeeper’s abilities. Deeney expressed reservations about Raya’s occasional errors and questioned whether he could be the long-term solution for Arsenal.

“I am still not sold on the goalie,” Deeney told talkSPORT when discussing Raya. “I am not. I don’t see… I know they wanted to get rid of Ramsdale, or have competition is the word they say when they want to replace him, but I don’t think they replaced him with the standout goalie where you go, ‘Oh, that’s my goalie for the next four, five six years. Do you get what I mean?

“I think in a year’s time, they will be looking at Raya and going, ‘Is he the reason we can get over the line or not?’ Because he has made a few mistakes this year similarly to what Ramsdale did.”

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