David Raya has officially joined Arsenal on a loan deal worth £3m, with an option to buy for £27m. The option to buy could become an obligation depending on certain conditions, primarily appearances. Raya, who was one of the standout goalkeepers in the Premier League last season, has also extended his contract with Brentford. He will now compete with Aaron Ramsdale for the No 1 spot at Arsenal. The deal was structured as a loan to expedite the transfer process, but Raya’s contract extension with Brentford serves as a fallback option if the transfer does not become permanent. Raya’s former goalkeeping coach, Inaka Cana, played a significant role in Arsenal’s interest in him. Ramsdale has welcomed the competition and believes it will push both goalkeepers to improve. Raya’s rise from non-League club Southport to Arsenal showcases his talent and ability to build up play from the back, which aligns with Arsenal’s style of play.