Goalkeeper David Raya’s imminent move to Arsenal from Brentford might stir some ‘banter’ from Arsenal fans.

Not for his skills or commitment, but rather for a specific tattoo that commemorates a date significant to Brentford and a defeat for the Gunners.

  • Goalkeeper David Raya is to join Arsenal on a season-long loan from Brentford. The deal includes the option of a permanent move, costing £27m.
  • The tattoo on Raya’s neck commemorates Brentford’s first Premier League win which came over Arsenal on 13/8/21.
  • Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale has spoken positively about the potential competition from Raya’s arrival.
David Raya's tattoo
David Raya’s tattoo

As David Raya prepares to make his move from Brentford to Arsenal, fans have noted an unusual detail: a tattoo just above the shirt line on the back of his neck.

The tattoo marks the date 13/8/21, which was Brentford’s first-ever Premier League game, and more notably, a 2-0 win over Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side.

The 27-year-old Spanish international, who has spent four years at Brentford under the guidance of Thomas Frank, is set to move to Arsenal in a season-long loan deal costing £3 million.

The contract also includes the option for a permanent move, which will cost a further £27 million.

Rivalry between Brentford and Arsenal

gabriel tweet via espnThe rivalry between the two clubs has grown since that opening day defeat for Arsenal, with clashes including Bernd Leno’s injury after a late challenge, leading to tensions with Neil Maupay. Link to injury updates

Ivan Toney’s subsequent mockery of Arsenal on social media, along with Arsenal’s Gabriel’s later tweet, fuelled the competitive spirit between the clubs.

Ramsdale’s take on the competition

The current Arsenal goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, has also weighed in on the anticipated competition with Raya, expressing that he’s more than happy to fight for his place after a successful debut season.