Arsene Wenger has reserved special praise for midfielder Aaron Ramsey after a spectacular start to the season and has discussed Arsenal's chance of competing for the Premier League title.
There is a new found feeling of optimism around the Emirates after the capture of Mesut Ozil has coincided with some positive results both domestically and in Europe.
Aaron Ramsey has been in sensational form for Arsenal this season.
While Wenger has been pleased with the way that Ozil has adapted to life in England, he was keen to pinpoint the impressive performances of Ramsey who has been in sensational form at the start of the season.
Ramsey has found the net on six occasions in his seven appearances, already his best ever return for Arsenal, and is finally demonstrating just why Wenger was so keen to sign him from Cardiff as a teenager.
"It took him a long time to get completely over that, especially in the duels, in the fights. He had a little resistance to go into the fights for a long time," explained Wenger at his weekly press conference.
"It was in the last three or four months of last season when he started to come back. He had a difficult period in mid-season where people became a little bit impatient with him.
"I always thought he would score goals if he improved his technical quality. When you watched the games, you saw him always in good positions in the box.
"I believe that every test that you pass, you come back mentally stronger. It's a good test as well because in our career you go through periods where people like you a bit less or hate you a bit more and if you can deal with that it makes you stronger. He has a great engine, great spirit and has an obsession - he wants always to be better."
The form of the 22 year old has come at the perfect time for Wenger who has seen a number of his senior players struck down through injury. Fortunately for the Arsenal boss there are no new injury concerns ahead of Stoke's visit to the Emirates.
"There are no new injuries," added Wenger. "Arteta returns to full training today and could be back in the squad. He is one of our leaders and we are happy to have him back."
Arsenal currently sit second in the table, just one point behind leaders Liverpool, and there is a growing sense of belief amongst supporters that they can finally end their long run for a league title.
However, Wenger is remaining cautious, stating: "I believe we have a chance to win the title. I have to make sure we can grab that chance. You have to be cautious because after one bad result you're back in a crisis."
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