Arsene Wenger has hailed Aaron Ramsey following Arsenal's 2-1 win over Marseille in their opening group game of the Champions League this season.
The win here marks the tenth straight win for the Gunners, which started with a 2-0 victory over eventual Champions Bayern Munich in Europe's biggest club competition last season. This is a great win for Wenger who has been pitted in the toughest group this year with the likes of Napoli and last year's finalists Borussia Dortmund also competing for top honours.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring for the north London club, hitting a delightful volley after a hashed clearance from Jeremy Morel in the second half. The goal opened the game up, which allowed Ramsey space inside the Marseille half to kill the game with a telling second goal, his sixth this season after a brace against Sunderland in the weekend. Wenger was all praise for the youngster and expressed his astonishment at his goal scoring prolificacy.
"Honestly, I didn't expect him to score so many goals. 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," Wenger told www.arsenal.com.
"I decided to be patient with him because when you have been injured for such a long time it takes a while to get back to your best. The only thing is, 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."
In the other fixture in the group, Napoli secured a 2-1 victory over 10-man Dortmund, and are currently tied on points with Arsenal at the top of the table. The Gunners host Rafa Benitez's side in October and will be hoping to get a few players back from injury failing which it will be difficult for his side to string together a concerted performance week in week out, with fatigue expected to take its toll.