Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he hasn’t been brave enough to swap his goalkeepers in the past after dropping Aaron Ramsdale for ‘tremendous’ David Raya in 1-0 win over Everton

  • Arteta suggested that he would be open to substituting keepers during games
  • David Raya made his first start for Arsenal and kept a clean sheet for the Gunners
  • Arsenal boss praised his team for an ‘incredible’ performance against Everton 

Mikel Arteta revealed his decision to start David Raya ahead of regular No 1 goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was influenced by not having the ‘courage’ to hook keepers in-game in the past.

After Raya kept a clean sheet on his Arsenal debut, Arteta pointed to his own lack of experience in explaining that he had been reluctant to rotate goalkeepers until now.

He said: ‘I cannot have two players like this in one position and not play them. David has tremendous qualities, like Aaron has, we have to use them. It is like this.

‘I am a really young manager. I’ve only had three-and-a-half years in the job and I have few regrets.

‘One was that on two occasions, I felt after 60 minutes and 85 minutes, in two games to change the keeper in that moment. But I didn’t do it. I didn’t have the courage to do it.

David Raya was preferred to Aaron Ramsdale by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s win at Everton
The Spaniard (right) made his first start for the Gunners in place of Arsenal No 1 Ramsdale

‘But I’m able to take off a winger, or a striker, or put on a central defender and hold that result. We drew those games and I was so unhappy.

‘Tell me: why not do it? Why not? We have all the qualities in another goalkeeper to do something when something is happening, and you want to change momentum. Do it. It’s a regret that I had.’

Arteta also heaped praise on his Arsenal side after Leandro Trossard‘s second-half goal broke a six-year Goodison Park hoodoo.

The Belgian’s strike in the 69th-minute followed a Gabriel Martinelli effort ruled out for offside by the VAR in the first half. It was the Gunners’ first win away at Everton since October 2017.

‘I’m extremely happy with the performance,’ said Arteta. ‘After six years of not doing that, that was the challenge for us and the opportunity as well.

‘We created a lot of chances. We dominated the game, we gave nothing away. To do that here (is a) big compliment to the players because it’s not easy to do that.’

Everton boss Sean Dyche was left frustrated by his side’s performance, particularly their use of the ball. He said: ‘We defended in numbers. We did well on that side of the game but with the ball we were miles off, we gave it away too many times.

‘When you break their play and you counter, you have to keep the ball. You have to play with those bits of quality which we never found.

Mikel Arteta admitted he had not been ruthless enough with his goalkeepers in the past

‘You’ve got to want the ball and you’ve got to use it. You can’t just win it back and say ‘job done’.’

A few decisions by referee Simon Hooper did not go in Everton’s favour, including a first-half collision between Abdoulaye Doucoure and William Saliba in the area.

On the refereeing display, Dyche added: ‘I didn’t think the performance of the officials was on par. I thought we had a penalty, Douc goes into the box, is body-checked and nothing is given.’

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