The Gunners are firmly in the driving seat for securing Champions League football next season following a good run of form, as they now occupy fourth spot with three games in hand
The Gunners have won their last four league fixtures to climb into fourth place, as they sit a point ahead of Manchester United.
But the north London club have a huge advantage on their side in that they have three games in hand on the Red Devils below them, meaning they could create quite a gap should they pick up some positive results.
Yet despite their impressive pool of young talent at the club that has provided them with the goals to climb the table, they have also been sturdy at the back at important times too.
And former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere believes that Aaron Ramsdale has been the ‘signing of the season’ for Arteta’s side and they wouldn’t be near the top four without him.
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Speaking to BonusCodeBets , Aliadiere said: “I was probably like a lot of the Arsenal fans. I was a bit, ‘god, did we really need to spend £30million on (Aaron) Ramsdale?’
“But I must say, I was completely wrong. For me, Ramsdale is the signing of the season.
“He’s been amazing, has kept us in so many games. If you think about all of the saves that he’s made, if he wasn’t there, we wouldn’t have been near the top four, for me.”
Ramsdale arrived from Sheffield United last August and has since made 22 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season.
The 23-year-old has managed to keep 11 clean sheets in those matches, half of the games he has played in, as Arsenal have climbed up to fourth.
In October, he was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month, and despite not winning it, he was awarded Arsenal’s own version for that same month, as well as for November.
And that October award would have been helped by the fact he produced a mesmerising save from a James Maddison free-kick during the 2-0 victory at Leicester City, which goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel labelled as the “best save I’ve seen for years”.
The Gunners also signed Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Nuno Taveres and Albert Sambi Lokonga and Aliadiere believes they have all exceeded expectations this season.
He said: “All of those signings were perhaps not what we expected or wanted at the club but they have done fantastically well, but it’s a long season and you can only look back at the end of the season.
“Obviously there is still a lot of football to be played and a lot of games to win and gain that top four.
“You never know, we can finish top three. We could go and nick Chelsea’s position, as we’re quite close now, we’re getting back. So yeah, I’m really excited and positive about how the end of the season is going to turn out for us.”