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Mikel Arteta has hailed the form of Aaron Ramsdale, describing his progress at Arsenal as “against the odds” and describing how the club supported the goalkeeper in the face of social media abuse after his arrival.

Ramsdale has been outstanding in Arsenal’s push for the title, most recently saving them a point at Anfield last Sunday with remarkable late stops from Mohamed Salah and Ibrahima Konaté. He has cut a commanding, charismatic figure who shapes much of the team’s buildup play, but Arteta harked back to a less certain spell earlier in the player’s career. Before moving to north London he was relegated from the top flight with Bournemouth and Sheffield United, meaning question marks sprung up externally when Arsenal paid the latter an initial £24m for him in August 2021.

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