BREAKING NEWS: coming from Fabrizio Romano, arsenal legend Ian Wright has called arsenal player sloopy after a horrible performance against Bayern Munich. He said ” honestly he killed the game yesterday didn’t know why arteta didn’t take him off, his constant error is unforgivable in a match like that. If it were me he will never see the starting XI again”. Ex-Arsenal star savages Arsenal star for his constant error in UCL clash against Bayern Munich.


Rafael van der Vaart criticized David Raya following the Arsenal goalkeeper’s inability to stop Harry Kane’s penalty during the UEFA Champions League first-leg quarter-final clash on Tuesday (April 9). Despite Bukayo Saka giving the hosts a crucial lead at the Emirates in the 12th minute, former Gunner Serge Gnabry swiftly equalized six minutes later. Leroy Sane’s quick footwork then led to a penalty for Bayern Munich around the half-hour mark, with Harry Kane entrusted with the spot-kick.

Although Kane’s approach to the penalty wasn’t particularly deceptive, Raya still dove to his right side prematurely. This slight misjudgment provided Kane with ample time to calmly slot the ball into the unguarded portion of the net. Van der Vaart, who represented Spurs from 2010 to 2012, expressed his dismay at Raya’s perceived mistake, questioning the Spanish goalkeeper’s abilities and remarking on his premature dive.

Despite Raya’s efforts, he finished the match without making any saves. While Leandro Trossard’s 76th-minute goal secured a 2-2 draw for Arsenal in north London, it wasn’t adequate to secure their first knockout win against Bayern Munich since the 2012-13 season.

In another development, former England defender Matthew Upson also scrutinized David Raya for his role in Bayern Munich’s opening goal against Arsenal. A hopeful aerial ball from Bayern into Arsenal’s defensive third initially seemed innocuous until Raya ventured far off his line. This decision forced Gabriel Magalhaes into making a pressured forward pass, which was intercepted by the Bavarian team.

Bayern capitalized on the turnover by swiftly advancing men forward, ultimately releasing Serge Gnabry through on goal with a couple of smart passes. Gnabry’s first-time shot struck Raya’s left leg before finding the back of the net. Reflecting on the sequence, Upson highlighted Raya’s error, emphasizing Arsenal’s defensive lapses and the subsequent punishment they faced.

Arsenal secured Raya’s services from Brentford last summer on an initial loan deal for £3 million, with an option to make the transfer permanent for £27 million. Known for his ball-playing abilities, Raya has displaced Aaron Ramsdale as Mikel Arteta’s preferred goalkeeper, making 33 appearances across competitions this season and keeping 16 clean sheets.

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