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Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit wouldn’t be surprised if David Raya is dropped for the Gunners’ Champions League clash against Sevilla.

The Spanish goalkeeper has been in a No.1 battle with Aaron Ramsdale since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium and now appears to be Mikel Arteta’s favoured man between the sticks.

But he was exposed in a poor display against Chelsea on Saturday as Arsenal rescued a 2-2 draw with the Blues.

And Petit wants to see Ramsdale return to the starting XI against Sevilla.

“The goalkeeping position is something special in the squad and the manager needs to be very careful about what you do with goalkeepers and how you treat them,” Petit told

“I can understand Arteta and Arsenal, but the fact that Ramsdale is not playing and Raya has made mistakes that cost goals in recent games is a serious issue.

“The goal Raya conceded against Chelsea, his position was not good and he gave the ball away with a terrible pass, which he also did against Lens in the Champions League. If you want to have a competition between two goalkeepers, that means when one of them is making mistakes and not playing well, you have to give the other one the chance to play.

“Ramsdale has always played very well for Arsenal, so that means I would be surprised if Raya keeps his number-one position.”

Petit added that Arsenal will be in real trouble against Sevilla if they play like they did against Chelsea.

“For me, they’re going to have to show a big character against Sevilla. This is a big, big game in a European competition and the atmosphere will be very hostile. They need to start from the beginning, from the first second of the game properly, in terms of fighting spirit and commitment.

“If they do the same thing against Sevilla that they did against Chelsea, it will be very hard to come back in the game and they could be in real danger of not qualifying from their group.”

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