Mikel Arteta ‘DELIGHTED’ after Arsenal announce big summer signing!

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Mikel Arteta says he is ‘delighted’ that ‘important player’ David Raya has completed a permanent move to Arsenal.

The Spaniard’s temporary move from Brentford to north London included an option to sign the goalkeeper permanently for £27m, and after a stunning season at the Emirates – the decision was made to keep hold of the star this summer window.

Raya is Arsenal’s first signing of the summer but Arteta intends to sign a new striker, midfielder and left-back before the start of the 2024-25 season: ‘David showed us last season what an important player he is for us, so we are delighted he is now officially our player,’ Arteta said

‘He is a big presence in our dressing room and we are really pleased to keep working with him.

‘We know he will take the strong foundations he put in place last season and build on them in the years to come, and that he will enjoy more success with us.

‘We have a very talented group of goalkeepers and I love to see connections like the one I see in our goalkeeping unit.’

Raya, meanwhile, said it was a ‘dream come true’ to join ARSENAL on a permanent basis: ‘After a year on loan as a Gunner, I can finally say that I’m an Arsenal player for the coming years,’ Raya said.

‘I’m 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.’

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