Aaron Ramsey has been the unlikely hero of Arsenal’s season so far.
Mesut Ozil may be the club’s most exotic player, but the way Ramsey has proved his doubters wrong so far has been the feel good story at the Emirates.
The 22-year-old Welsh international midfielder has scored 11 goals in all competitions so far this season, including the dramatic winner in Arsenal’s victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League three weeks ago.
He will again take centre stage when the Gunners face Marseille tonight, and who would bet against him being the man to score the goal that sends his team into the knockout stage with a match to spare?
At the beginning of the season, nobody would have predicted such success for Ramsey, who struggled to get to grips with the pace of Arsenal’s game after his horrific leg break in 2010.
Manager Arsene Wenger says he even faced calls to jettison Ramsey, but he is obviously pleased that he followed his own gut on the matter.
"Let's not forget that one year ago people were saying to me: 'It's difficult to play him at the Emirates,'" Wenger said, ahead of the game against Marseille.
"But you have to give him credit for that transformation – the credit goes to him because he could deal with that. He could come back, never give up, convince everybody that he has the needed quality.
"You could see there was an impatience with him. As a manager you think: 'Do I push him through and he can go more down or do you give him a breather to regenerate to get him a fresh start?' That's always difficult for us to assess because it is linked to their mental state. When their confidence is down they are in trouble. But he is a confident boy."
Not even half way through the season and Ramsey is in the best form of his career.
Match by match he asserts himself as one of the most important players in Arsenal’s engine room, and it is hard to believe he still has so many seasons in his vital legs.
And according to Wenger, nobody should be shocked if Ramsey gets even better than he already is.
"He's 22-years-old," Wenger said.
"I'm 64 and I still think I can improve so why should a guy who is 22 think he is at the top of his game. It's impossible. If he has the right attitude, he will continue to improve."