Transfers DONE DEAL: David Raya joins Arsenal on a permanent deal

David Raya has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal to complete his permanent move from Brentford.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper spent last season with the Gunners on loan and was an integral part of the success they enjoyed and history we made.

He made 41 appearances in all competitions, keeping 20 clean sheets. Sixteen of those were in the Premier League and earned David the 2023/24 Premier League Golden Glove.Born in Barcelona, Spain, he arrived in England aged 16, signing for Blackburn Rovers.

He tasted success in Lancashire, gaining his first promotion to the Championship and making 108 senior appearances for the club. Part of his development at Blackburn included a short spell on loan at Southport. In the summer of 2019, Raya moved to Brentford and, including last season, he spent four years contracted to the west London club.

A key player for Thomas Frank, he made 161 appearances in all competitions, keeping 54 clean sheets including, in his debut season, the 16 which saw him crowned joint-winner of the Championship Golden Glove award. A year later, he helped the Bees win promotion to the Premier League.

On making his move permanent, Raya said: “After a year on loan as a Gunner, I can finally say that I’m an Arsenal player for the coming years. I’m excited to see what the future holds but always living in and enjoying the present.

It’s a dream come true to be here and I want to thank you for all the support you have already given me throughout the last year.”

Manager Mikel Arteta added: “David showed us last season what an important player he is for us, so we are delighted he is now officially our player. He is a big presence in our dressing room and we are really pleased to keep working with him.

“We know he will take the strong foundations he put in place last season and build on them in the years to come, and that he will enjoy more success with us. We have a very talented group of goalkeepers and I love to see connections like the one I see in our goalkeeping unit.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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