David Raya is hopeful yet cautious about securing a permanent move to Arsenal

Despite being the favourite for the Gunners to exercise their summer option to buy him outright from Brentford for £27million, he isn’t taking anything for granted.

Raya recently joined the ranks of Petr Cech and Wojciech Szczesny as Arsenal’s third Premier League Golden Glove winner. He is also currently Mikel Arteta’s first choice at the Emirates, ahead of England international Aaron Ramsdale.

However, ahead of today’s crucial match against Everton, he revealed that there have been no discussions with the Arsenal management about his long-term future.

Raya, 28, stated: “No, no. I am just focussed on the present. I don’t want to think too much about the future. It’s not up to me now. I have to think about the game on Sunday. Then we break for summer. It’s not up to me to sign. It’s up to the club and Mikel. If my performances have been good enough, hopefully, they will offer me a contract. Of course, I would love to be here next season and, if that’s the case, it will be amazing – a dream come true. I don’t want it stop here. I want more. I want to win trophies with Arsenal.

There’s no doubt about Raya’s admiration for fellow Spaniard Arteta and the Gunners boss’s relentless pursuit to raise standards at the club, both on and off the field. The former Blackburn keeper, 28, added: “As a person, he’s 10 out of 10, and the same as a manager.”

“He knows what he wants. He shows us how to get the best out of the group.

“With the staff, the fans, the players, he has brought this club together again. What he’s done is incredible.”