Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen believes that Aaron Ramsey is set to play a pivotal role for the Gunners this season, after making a fine start to the season in central midfield.
Ramsey has started all four of Arsenal's games so far this season, scoring three times in successive games against Fenerbahce to help Arsene Wenger's side secure Champions League qualification for the 16th successive season.
Vermaelen has revealed that he was impressed with the Welshman's desire to strive for improvement in pre-season, believing that he is now reaping the rewards of that hard work in important games at the Emirates.
He told the club's official website: "It was brilliant to see Aaron score his two goals. Not only is he getting into those positions and finishing well, but his all-round game has improved too.
"He seems really fit and strong, and he has a great engine. He had a very good pre-season and is now transferring that into our competitive games, and we’re all really happy to see him playing such an important role for us."
Vermaelen is currently a frustrated spectator on the sidelines for Arsenal, with a stress fracture in his lower back expected to keep the Belgian defender out until at least mid-September.
Gunners boss Wenger expects Ramsey to overcome a minor knock to be fit for Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates, but Arsenal will be without a number of first-team regulars including Lukas Podolski and Mikel Arteta.
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