Having played so well for England against Slovenia and Scotland, the opportunity was there for Jack Wilshere to step up his performances for Arsenal, albeit from a slightly more advanced position.
Step up he did against Manchester United in his first game back, but only onto his tip toes to chinbutt Marouane Fellaini. The day got worse when he wasted a game-changing chance at 0-0 and then picked up yet another injury.
Arsenal supporters will be frustrated, but this infuriation will transform to greater satisfaction if Wilshere’s injury sparks a return to the 2013/14 form of Aaron Ramsey and there is every chance this could happen.
It may be significant that Arsenal have won only a third of their games with Wilshere this season in comparison to almost 60 per cent without him.
By picking Wilshere, Ramsey’s position naturally changes. The Welshman is at his most effective as the attacking lever of a double defensive pivot, in a similar role to Cesc Fabregas carries out for Chelsea or Yaya Toure does for Manchester City.
It allows him to attack from deeper and makes him harder to mark.
When he and Wilshere both play, the result is that Arsenal change slightly from a 4-2-3-1 system to something more resembling a 4-1-4-1 formation.
This only faintly changes Ramsey’s position, but it’s enough to make his runs slightly easier to track and he finds himself ahead of the ball more frequently.
Ramsey has scored nine Arsenal goals in the past 12 months and Wilshere has only been on the pitch for two of them. He hasn’t scored at all since August.
Olivier Giroud’s return should also aid the now goal-shy Ramsey, as he seems to have an understanding of where to make runs to free up the space for the Welshman to run into.
There is no Giroud against Dortmund in the Champions League, but 7/1 does still look generous that Ramsey opens the scoring, which he did against the Germans in this competition last season.
Meanwhile, there is still ample time for Ramsey to add to his two Premier League goals so far and 11/10 is not a price to ignore that he goes on to net or more.