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Arsene Wenger surprised with Arsenal midfielder

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Arsene Wenger has admitted the goal scoring exploits of Aaron Ramsey have come as a surprise to him.

Ramsey scored against Marseille last night in what turned out to be the winning goal in a tight match.

The Welshman has now scored six goals in seven games this season, making him the club's top goalscorer in front of Olivier Giroud.

Ramsey's goal from just outside the box came after Theo Walcott's second half strike. Despite conceding a late penalty, Arsenal held on for a 2-1 victory - their tenth consecutive away win.

And Wenger has admitted that the form Ramsey has found himself in, in front of goal, has surprised him.

"Honestly, I didn't expect him to score so many but he has improved his passing and technical quality," Wenger told reporters.

"That is the most important, because he is always in good position in the box.

"Scoring is a bit cyclic but for me the most important is the quality of his game."

With a string of fine performances, Ramsey has finally completed his rehabilitation following a horrific leg break, suffered in 2010 at the hands of Ryan Shawcross.

Before the injury, the Arsenal midfielder had showed signs of becoming a great player but, upon his return, had struggled to rekindle that form again.

Wenger said patience was the key to getting Ramsey back to his best.

"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," said Wenger. "The only thing you never know is does he come back completely.

"When you are injured before you are 20 you come back to your normal level and you improve like you have not been injured."

Ramsey is set to face off against Shawcross on Sunday afternoon when Stoke visit the Emirates stadium.

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