David Raya Martin is a soccer player playing for Arsenal and Spain. He is a Spanish goalkeeper.

Club Career

Raya was born in Barcelona but left Spain for English club Blackburn Rovers in 2012 as a teenager on a scholarship where he spent two years in the youth system, before debuting at first-team level in late 2014-15, following a good loan spell with Southport.

Raya, however, was Blackburn’s second-choice goalkeeper behind Jason Steele so struggled for regular football, before taking over as number one in both 2017-18 and 2018-19 where he made 47 and 46 appearances respectively.

Team 532 brentford fc Brentford FC
Position Goalkeeper
Height / weight 1.83 m / 80 kg
Born 15 Sep 1995
Nationality Spain Spain
Team History
4 arsenal fc Arsenal 2023 - present (loan)
532 brentford fc Brentford 2019 - present
87 blackburn rovers fc Blackburn Rovers 2014 - 2019
Southport Southport 2014 - 2015 (loan)

In mid 2019, Championship club Brentford signed Raya on a four-year deal. He immediately impressed and was nominated for numerous awards. He was a joint winner of the EFL Golden Glove after 16 clean sheets.

Raya helped Brentford to promotion, impressing in the playoff final, in the 2020-21 season. Raya impressed in two Premier League campaigns for the Bees before Arsenal moved to sign him.

Raya joined the Gunners on a season-long loan in August 2023 and quickly established himself as their first choice ahead of Aaron Ramsdale.

International Career

Raya didn’t play once for Spain at any under-age level. He went on to make his international debut for Spain in 2022 as a 26-year-old against Albania.

Raya was part of Spain’s 2022 World Cup squad.

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