For the past few seasons, midfielder Aaron Ramsey has frequently born the brunt of the criticism from Arsenal’s trophy deprived fans.
He was cast as the tepid Welshman cooling the temperature of a potentially sizzling midfield alongside Spanish sensation Santi Cazorla, and the great hope of English football, Jack Wilshere.
So far this season however, Ramsey is on fire for the Gunners, and after his goal against Marseille in the Champions League last night, he has now bagged six in seven games.
After their defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season, the alarm bells rang at the Emirates.
But suddenly Arsenal seem to have discovered a resilience to go with the dynamism embedded in their DNA, and Ramsey has much to do with it.
Winning at the Stade Velodrome takes some doing for the away team on passionate European nights, and so Arsenal can be proud of what they achieved on Wednesday, even if manager Arsene Wenger admits they did it the hard way.
And he has lavished praise on Ramsey’s eye-catching contribution.
"Honestly, I didn't expect him to score so many goals," Wenger said if the Welshman.
"He's especially improved in his passing, his technical quality. He was always in good positions in the box. But scoring is a bit cyclic. You have periods when it goes in and others when it doesn't. For me the most important thing is the quality of his game. Aaron is playing well and that is most important, that he continues to improve."
"I decided to be patient with him,” Wenger added, referring to Ramsey’s return after breaking his leg horrifically in 2010.
“When you have been injured for such a long time it takes a while to get back to your best. You never know if he will come completely back. But when you are injured before 20 you come back to your normal level and improve like you have not been injured."
Almost under the radar, Arsenal have now won 10 matches away from home in a row, but Wenger is yet to herald his side a success.
He admits that Arsenal never quite controlled the game as he had hoped for last night, and has earmarked areas where he believes they must improve.
"Marseille defended very well and stopped us from playing through the lines. We didn't go in behind enough and overall there was not enough purpose in our game. I insisted more on that at half-time,” he said.
"I felt we were a bit within ourselves in the first-half, a bit timid, and Marseille were more mobile and first on the ball. They dropped in the second half and we took advantage of our strong moments. That got us three very important points. I thought it would be a tricky game here tonight. I was conscious Marseille would be well focused. They know they are not favourites and had nothing to lose. And the French are dangerous when they are in that position."