David de Gea masterclass saves Manchester United

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David de Gea showed again why he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world on Saturday night against Arsenal.

Even though he failed to keep a clean sheet, the Spaniard's hands were more than busy on an eventful evening at the Emirates Stadium.

De Gea was set to miss out on the game against the Gunners with a finger injury, but United will be glad that he made it back in time for the trip to north London.

The Spaniard managed to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line for a whole 94 minutes before Olivier Giroud netted a rocket on his return - a brilliant achievement considering Arsenal had nine shots on target throughout the match.

However, Manchester United battled through the game and came out with a 2-1 victory against the Gunners. It's their first away win since April.

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Even with the lethal attack the Red Devils have at their disposal, it was the keeper that impressed most. De Gea has been United's stand out player for much of the season, keeping them in several games.

The difference between De Gea and the majority of other keepers is that he takes a risk when one-on-one. We saw this against Chelsea when the United number one denied Eden Hazard a goal from point-blank range, and he pulled off a similar save at the Emirates when he denied Jack Wilshere from a few yards out.

De Gea gambles

The way De Gea gambles as the attacker is about to strike the ball gives him much more of a chance from closer range, but if it goes wrong, he could end up looking a bit foolish.

Not only is his shot stopping top class, but the way he commands his area is impressive. This was the weakest part of the Spaniard's game when he came to Old Trafford, but now you simply cannot fault it.

His performance against Arsenal only reiterated the fact that De Gea is becoming one of the best keepers in world football, he has stood out in a struggling Manchester United side and stands behind one of the most vulnerable back lines in the league.

Serious recognition

Nevertheless, his side's performances have not hindered his own development. If De Gea carries on performing like this week after week, no one can deny that the Spaniard deserves a mention in that category of elite goalkeepers.

Not only that, he could also be on the shortlist for the next Ballon d'Or, ahead of fellow keepers Manuel Neuer and Thibaut Courtois.

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