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Aaron Ramsdale has played a key role in Arsenal’s resurgence after helping to solidify the Gunners’ backline, according to Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.

Having endured the worst start to a season in the club’s 118-year history, Arsenal headed into today’s clash with Watford unbeaten since August.

What’s the latest news involving Ramsdale?

Arsenal were the Premier League’s biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, with head coach Mikel Arteta backed to the tune of £156.8million.

A large chunk of that cash was used to strengthen the Gunners in the goalkeeping department, with it costing up to £30million to prise Ramsdale away from Sheffield United.

Despite his big-money arrival – which originally did not go down well with large sections of the Arsenal fanbase – Ramsdale was initially forced to play second fiddle to Bernd Leno, who started Arsenal’s first three Premier League matches of the season.

But, after conceding nine goals in those outings, Leno was dropped and Arteta’s side went into the weekend having not suffered a defeat since Ramsdale came into the starting line-up for the first time in September.

His form has not gone unnoticed as former Premier League goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel praised Ramsdale during Arsenal’s win over Leicester City last weekend, with the Manchester United legend claiming the fingertip save to stop James Maddison’s free-kick finding the back of the net was the best he had seen in years.

Arteta also described the save as incredible during his post-match interview.

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What has Luke Hatfield said about Ramsdale?

Hatfield believes Ramsdale has been a key reason for Arsenal being able to bounce back from a hugely underwhelming start to the campaign.

The journalist feels the shot-stopper has been able to profit from Leno’s lack of consistency.

Hatfield is certain there is plenty more to come from the 23-year-old.

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He told GIVEMESPORT: “Ramsdale has years in the tank so he can continue to improve and he looks like he’s helped solidify that Arsenal backline, which has been handy for them.

“They’ve been conceding lots of goals in previous seasons and Leno has not necessarily been the most consistent.”

What are Ramsdale’s plans for the future?

Having already overtaken Leno in the race to be Arteta’s first choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, Ramsdale has set his sights on becoming England’s no.1.

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He has yet to win his first international cap at senior level but has been an unused substitute on 10 occasions.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Ramsdale has a good chance of reaching his target in the not-too-distant future, with him claiming the Arsenal man should be ahead of Everton’s Jordan Pickford in the queue based on current form.

Arteta has also backed Ramsdale to break into the forefront of England boss Gareth Southgate’s thinking.

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