The Gunners are firmly in the lead to secure next season’s Champions League spot after a fine run of form, as they now occupy fourth place with three games in hand.
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The Gunners have won their last four matches to climb to fourth, when they are more than one point Manchester United.
But the north London club have a big advantage on their side as they have three games against the Red Devils at the bottom, meaning they can create quite a distance if they get some positive results.
However, despite their impressive roster of young talent at the club that have helped them get the goals to climb the table, they have also been solidly behind at key moments.
And former sniper Jeremie Aliadiere believes Aaron Ramsdale has been the ‘sign of the season’ for Arteta’s side and they wouldn’t be near the top four without him.
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Talking to BonusCodeBets Aliadiere said: “I probably like a lot Arsenal fan. I was a bit wondering, ‘God, do we really need to spend £30 million on (Aaron) Ramsdale?’
“But I have to say, I was completely wrong. For me, Ramsdale was the signing of the season.
“He’s been amazing, he’s kept us in so many games. If you think about all the saves he’s made, if he wasn’t there we wouldn’t be near the top four, for me. ”
Ramsdale arrived from Sheffield United last August and has since turned 22. Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season.
The 23-year-old has kept 11 clean sheets in those matches, half the number he has played, as Arsenal climb to fourth.
In October, he was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award, and although he did not win the title, he was presented with Arsenal’s own version of the award that same month, as well as for November.
And that October award will be helped by the fact that he made an enthralling save from a James Maddison free-kick in the 2-0 win at Leicester City, was called by goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel “the best save I’ve seen in years”.
The Gunners also signed Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Nuno Taveres and Albert Sambi Lokonga and Aliadiere believe they have exceeded expectations this season.
He said: “All those signings were probably not what we expected or wanted at the club but they did a great job, but it’s been a long season and you can only look back. at the end of the season.
“Obviously there’s still a lot of football to play and a lot of games to win and get into that top four.
“You never know, we can finish the top three. We can go and take Chelsea’s place, because we’re pretty close, we’re back. So I’m really excited and positive about the end of the season. will turn out for us.”
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