Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane have criticized Andre Onana and David Raya as the two most significant letdowns of the season thus far.
Despite Manchester United and Arsenal’s attempts to bolster their goalkeeping squads in the summer, both newcomers have failed to outshine David de Gea and Aaron Ramsdale.
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Erik ten Hag continues to fully support Onana, asserting that statistics before last weekend’s defeat at Newcastle positioned the 27-year-old as the second-best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
However, the £47 million Inter signing struggled to substantiate that claim against Chelsea, arguably being at fault for the goal that leveled the score. Meanwhile, Raya had another forgettable evening the previous night at Luton.
Having been responsible for two of Luton’s three goals, Raya found himself fortunate as Declan Rice’s late winner saved the day. However, Carragher believes that both clubs have regressed following significant goalkeeping decisions in the offseason.
He told The Overlap: ‘I’d probably look at the two goalkeepers at United at Arsenal. They have been poor haven’t they?
‘They’ve come in as sort of big players who will move them on from Ramsdale and De Gea at Manchester United and it’s almost the same or going backwards.’
On the other hand, Keane contended that, while parting ways with the long-serving De Gea was timely, Onana has failed to convince him that he deserves the role as United’s long-term No.1.
‘United has been a big problem. I think it was the right decision for De Gea to go, definitely.Honestly I’ve been critical but to bring someone else in and for him to struggle!’
Arteta is now facing pressure to bring back Ramsdale after Raya’s disappointing performance at Kenilworth Road. However, it seems probable that he will persist with the Brentford loanee, having defended his current first-choice keeper following a thrilling 4-3 victory.
‘We have to defend better the situations as a team,’ said Arteta. ‘There are certain things leading to the goals and it’s not about blaming, we have never done it, and we’re not going to do it now. It’s about how the team reacts to that, because it’s going to happen, and I love that response.’
When asked specifically if Raya was at fault for the two goals, he said: ‘I think we can defend the goals much better, that’s for sure.’
Arteta was asked if he had spoken to Raya, replying: ‘I spoke with all of them. They are all jumping. They’re so happy. So I’m a really happy manager today.’