Why David Raya is being tipped for Arsenal debut vs Man Utd as Kai Havertz call vindicated


The points were shared in an entertaining contest at the Emirates Stadium, but there's no doubt Arsenal will see it as points dropped against Fulham.

This after goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah had completed a quick turnaround after the Gunners had fallen behind inside the first minute. And when Calvin Bassey was sent-off for two bookable offences, it seemed certain the hosts would coast to victory but Joao Palhinha had other ideas.

Here are a few things we spotted during the match at the Emirates Stadium that you might have missed.

Raya for Ramsdale

It was the worst possible start for Arsenal. Behind after a minute as Saka's error was duly punished by Andreas Pereira, but whilst the fans inside the stadium immediately got behind the winger in a classy show of support, some were quite vocal online about how the goal went in.

In fact, judging by some of the responses on Twitter, Aaron Ramsdale's part in the goal has come in for questioning as there's a general feeling that the Gunners' No.1 should have kept the effort out. That might be somewhat harsh as he was wrong-footed and it appeared the Fulham midfielder miscued his shot.

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Nevertheless, there are calls for David Raya - signed on a season-long loan deal - to make his debut against Manchester United next weekend.

For example, on Twitter, @PostsBehave said: "Raya needs to start next game!" @danwoodall91 said: "Ramsdale is losing his place to Raya", @2wenty4s said: "Raya needs to start home games I’m afraid that’s the only way we keep clean sheets", @All_Arsenal49 said: "What was Ramsdale even doing for that goal?! He will be dropped soon and Raya will take his position."

Trossard struggles

Since arriving for £21million from Brighton and Hove Albion in the January transfer window, Leandro Trossard has shown that he can pick the right pass in the final third and his form during pre-season prompted calls for him to be in the starting XI against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.

That didn't happen but he finally got his opportunity against Fulham. However, the Belgian was far from his best. A few times his normally assured first touch deserted him and aside from a decent cross for Bukayo Saka that should been converted, he barely did anything of note.

Fabio Vieira shines as Havertz decision vindicated

Is the patience with Kai Havertz already wearing thin? That appeared to be the case at one point in the second half a section of supporters got on his back for misplacing a pass. This on the back of a subdued first-half saw Arteta make a swift change and decided to withdraw his £65million summer signing.

In his place was Fabio Vieira and he made a massive difference. It was he who drew a foul from Kenny Tete to earn Arsenal a penalty from which Saka converted and then it was his brilliant cross to pick out Nketiah who made no mistake from close range to fire the hosts ahead.

Unfortunately, the Portuguese's impact wasn't enough to earn all three points but after a series of below-par performances last season, this was certainly a huge step in the right direction and also a message to Havertz that he needs to do a lot more.

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