Mikel Arteta dodges questions about David Raya’s mistakes in post-match interview following Arsenal’s 4-3 win against Luton

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Mikel Arteta has turned a blind eye to the two mistakes goalkeeper David Raya made during Arsenal’s dramatic 4-3 victory against Luton on Tuesday night. 

It comes amid the manager’s comments this season that his goalkeepers are interchangeable, with Raya rising ahead of Aaron Ramsdale in the Spanish manager’s pecking order to start in all but one of Arsenal’s last 11 matches. 

On Tuesday, Raya’s performance came into scrutiny, after he flapped at Alfie Doughty’s corner and allowed Elija Adebayo to score an equaliser at 2-2, before he failed to stop a strike from Ross Barkley, allowing the ball to go underneath him. 

And after the match, he was asked about the two mistakes by Amazon Prime Sport reporter Alex Aljoe, who said: ‘There is a lot of talk about the goalkeeper situation at the moment. Is it fair to say two of goals were gifted to Luton?’

But Arteta flatly deflected away from the response, saying: ‘I am so happy with the team.’ 

Mikel Arteta has deflected questions over David Raya’s performance in Arsenal’s 4-3 win against Luton

Raya made two errors that allowed Luton to score, the first came as he flapped at a corner, allowing Elijah Adebayo to head home from close range

Raya made two errors that allowed Luton to score, the first came as he flapped at a corner, allowing Elijah Adebayo to head home from close range 

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The reporter pressed again, asking: ‘Have you spoken to David Raya?’

But the Gunners boss again, said: ‘I spoke with all of them. They are all jumping. They’re so happy. So I’m a really happy manager today.’

Tonight was the first time Arsenal have conceded three goals away from home this season and the manager lumped praise on Luton for how they attacked Arsenal. 

‘It happens credit to them as well,’ he said on conceding three goals and of their opponents.

‘Their delivery was excellent and their finishing was excellent and sometimes we just need to applaud the opponent because they did what they did and a big credit to them because they are a really difficult side to beat. It was a tough night.’ 

He also allowed a shot from Ross Barkley to go underneath him, allowing Luton to go 3-2 up

He also allowed a shot from Ross Barkley to go underneath him, allowing Luton to go 3-2 up

During the match, commentator Ally McCoist said on Raya’s first mistake: ‘Horrible for the keeper. Horrible. Ross Barkley and Luton won’t mind though. Neither will Rob Edwards.’

‘I thought he [Raya] Should have done better on the second goal, but he should definitely have done better on the third goal.

‘It is close to him but he’s got to be saving that mate. Got to be saving that. Just thought it was great strength from Barkley.’

The Gunners boss has previously rejected claims that Raya is struggling with the pressure to compete alongside Ramsdale, with the English shot-stopper now being monitored by rival clubs after he has fallen out of favour. 

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