Mikel Arteta failed to provide a clear answer when asked about David Raya’s struggles during Arsenal’s win at Luton.
Arsenal claimed a dramatic last-minute victory at Kenilworth Road, with Declan Rice’s injury-time winner securing the 4-3 triumph.
But Rice’s heroics were only needed when the Gunners found themselves 3-2 down in the 57th minute, with errors from Raya leading to two goals for Luton.
Raya found himself in no man’s land as he failed to recover the ball on a corner on the right, allowing Elijah Adebayo to make it 2-2.
The Spanish goalkeeper failed once again as Ross Barkley’s low left-footed shot twisted under his body and into the net.
Kai Havertz made it 3-3 before Rice snatched victory for Arteta’s men, who are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
But as Arsenal bid to win their first league title in 20 years, Raya’s woes will naturally spark concern, particularly amid debate over whether it should be him or Aaron Ramsdale as first-choice goalkeeper .
The stats don’t make for pleasant reading as Raya received a WhoScored rating of 4.07 for his performance at Luton, which is the lowest rating of any player in a Premier League match this season.
Gunners boss Arteta refused to criticize his man, although he did not address Raya’s form on Tuesday night when asked.
Asked if two of Luton’s goals were gifted to them, Arteta told Amazon Prime Sport: “I’m so happy with the team.”
Asked if he had spoken to Raya, Arteta added: “I’ve spoken to them all, they’re jumping, they’re so happy so I’m a really happy manager today.”
However, Arteta suggested in the same interview that he was unhappy with the way they conceded their goals.
He said: “So happy. We knew it was going to be a big battle here and we made it harder for ourselves by conceding the goals, obviously.
“But the spirit of the team, the way we fought, the quality we showed in the good moments and we never gave up. It’s all about that. We are ready to taking risks in every game, we go there and we were rewarded. a great moment today.”
Arteta added: “It happens (conceding three goals in a game), the credit goes to them… their deliveries were great, their finishing was great.
“Sometimes you just have to applaud the opponent and give credit to them because they’re a really tough team to beat. Big compliments for the way they’re playing because it was a tough night.”