Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is ready to rediscover his form from last season after scoring a stunning goal in the Champions League thrashing against Galatasaray, according to ex-Gunner Paul Merson.
After setting up Lukas Podolski for the first, the Wales international double the lead after 10 minutes with a calm finish before a 30-yard half-volley from Joel Campbell's cleared corner illuminated a slick display from manager Arsene Wenger's side.
Though Podolski netted a stoppage-time fourth, little could overshadow the performance of Ramsey who recaptured his very best form from last season when he scored 10 goals in his first 14 appearances, to blow away the Turkish giants.
"He is the type of lad that can go and score six in six, without a doubt," Merson told Sky Sports. "It's all about confidence and we've seen that he can do it – he's a really, really good player.
"If he had reached the heights of last season he'd be playing for Barcelona. That's how high and how good he was. I thought he was the best midfield player in the country last year – probably the best player in the country at one stage, with Luis Suarez, until he got injured.
"He takes a lot of stick and the reason is, I think, because of how well he did last year. He's not going to live up to what he did last season, in my opinion. Everything he touched went in. He does very well, out of all the others, he gets all the goals.
"He's a good player, he's got a good attitude. But before it turned around for him I thought he was pushing too much – always looking to get forward, getting in front of the ball instead of travelling from behind it. He always thought: 'I need to get a goal, if I don't get a goal will I be in the team?'
"I think he's relaxed since then and look what happens when you do. It's a shame, and I know this sounds silly, but he's tried too hard to score goals."
Ramsey's season was curtailed last year due to a groin injury that kept him out for three months and led to Arsenal's title challenge being derailed.
But three goals and two assists in his last three appearances signal a return to Ramsey's very best form and comes at a time when, following the 3-2 defeat to Stoke City, the scrutiny over Wenger's position as manager has increased.
"Obviously we came here wanting to win the game so we're happy that we won," the former Cardiff City midfielder said.
"We finished off on a high in the group stages and now we're looking forward to seeing who we're up against in the next round.
"We looked dangerous every time we went forward tonight, which was pleasing, and we scored a few goals which is always nice.
"So we took full advantage of the opportunity. It was nice to get the four goals that we scored tonight."