Arsenal ace appears completely unrecognisable in Non-League snap at begin of profession
The Gunners dominated proceedings on the Emirates, carving the visiting Reds open again and again. Bukayo Saka opened the scoring earlier than Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard capitalised on uncommon goalkeeping errors by Alisson Becker to seal three factors and shut the hole on the league leaders.
In aim for Arsenal was David Raya, who had a stable exhibiting barring one second of confusion with William Saliba which gifted Liverpool an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Yet the Spaniard, at present on mortgage from Brentford, can maintain his head held excessive realizing he has conceded the fewest objectives within the high flight this season.
Raya was aided by Mikel Arteta’s defenders limiting Liverpool’s assault to simply 0.37 xG, whereas enjoying his personal half by coming off his line often to catch crosses and kick-start harmful counter-attacks.
And the 28-year-old appears a totally totally different participant to the one who began off his profession in England with Blackburn Rovers. Raya made the weird transfer from Catalan membership UE Cornelia to then-Championship aspect Blackburn aged simply 16.
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He made his first senior appearances whereas on mortgage at fifth-tier outfit Southport within the 2014/15 season, earlier than returning to Rovers. There, he continued to impress, making 98 appearances whereas sporting a vastly totally different look with out his trademark beard and present coiffure.
And the shot-stopper finally sealed a £3million transfer to Brentford in 2019. Two years later, the Barcelona-born participant would play an important position in Brentford sealing Premier League promotion for the primary time ever by beating Swansea 2-0 within the Championship play-off ultimate.
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Explaining his unimaginable rise in English soccer, Raya advised The Guardian final yr: “My story isn’t the typical footballer’s story.
“It’s the story of a boy who leaves his country at 16, alone, and fulfils his dreams: who ends up playing for his national team, in the Champions League, and for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and the world.”