Aaron Ramsey turned out for Arsenal 47 times last season but only rippled the net twice.
His start to this campaign, though, has been blistering and he’s already surpassed last term’s tally with three goals in the first four games.
His performances, which have been of an all-round splendid standard earning him two man-of-the-match awards, have confirmed the re-emergence of a talent severely dented in February 2010, when his leg fractured in two places after a challenge by Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross.
His mental strength in returning from that severe setback has been challenged, with the midfielder admitting as much after his brace at home to Fenerbahce in the Champions League. However, it’s clear that confidence is stuffed into Ramsey’s every pore at the moment, as his sublime side-footed volley on the run for that second leg’s final goal showed.
It’s therefore well worth siding with the midfielder to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal when the north London derby rolls around, which Arsenal are 21/20 to win.
Although all of Ramsey’s goals thus far have come in European competition, he’s got experience in bagging against his club’s biggest foes having scored against Tottenham in a 2-1 reverse in 2011.
So a bet on Ramsey to score seems wise and the evidence for doing so stacks higher when Arsene Wenger’s potential transfer targets are considered.
With the French manager seemingly blind to the fact that every position other than central midfield needs boosting, Arsenal launched a bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, meaning Ramsey’s performances must remain high in order to dissuade his boss from parting with that cash.
And with Emirates golden boy Jack Wilshere continuing to pick up knocks and Mikel Arteta due to come back from injury, competition for places is going to be sturdier than the world’s strongest man once everyone is fully fit.
So, with that in mind, expect Ramsey to continue his ascent to the top of the midfield pecking order.