Arsenal completes first player signing of the 2024 transfer window


In an official statement, Premier League giants Arsenal confirmed their first player signing of the June 2024 transfer window.

Following a quiet June 2024 transfer window so far for Arsenal, the Mikel Arteta-led side in an official statement have given fans something to look forward to as the club confirmed its first player signing of the Summer transfer window.

Arsenal have now confirmed the permanent signing of the shot-stopper David Raya from Brentford following what has been categorised as the best debut season for a goalkeeper at the club.

David Raya, who was on loan to Arsenal for the 2023/2024 season had picked up the Premier League Golden Glove award for the 2023/2024 season following his 16 clean sheets in the league that season. He joined Arsenal on a season-long loan in August 2023 and quickly became Mikel Arteta’s first choice in goal, surpassing Aaron Ramsdale. Over the season, he managed 20 clean sheets in 41 games across all competitions.

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His impressive performances helped Arsenal secure a runners-up finish in the Premier League and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

David Raya in a Blue Jersey celebrating Arsenal's victory
David Raya

How much did Arsenal pay to sign David Raya?

Reports indicate that Arsenal paid an estimated fee of 27 million pounds to complete the permanent signing of David Raya from Brentford. This is in addition to the initial 3 million pounds paid by the club for his loan move in August 2023.

Speaking about his move to Arsenal David Raya stated, “After a year on loan as a Gunner, I can finally say that I’m an Arsenal player for the coming years, I am excited to see what the future holds but always living in and enjoying the present. It’s a dream come true to be here and I want to thank you for all the support you have already given me throughout the last year”.

Is David Raya to Arsenal a good transfer signing?

Retaining Raya is a significant move for Arsenal, as he has proven to be an exceptional and talented goalkeeper in his first season at the club. Raya has always been known for his shot-stopping abilities picking up the Golden Glove Award in the 2023/2024 season in the Premier League is what experts believe was the final reason Arsenal made the decision to keep him on a permanent basis.

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