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Paul Merson hails Arsenal's great start to their Champions League

Paul Merson - Paul Merson Posted 19th September 2013 view comments

Paul Merson says Aaron Ramsey is playing as well as anyone in the country after the midfielder helped Arsenal to a dream start to their Champions League campaign.

Ramsey scored Arsenal's second goal, and played a central role, in the Gunners' 2-1 victory over Marseille at the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday night.

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Aaron Ramsey: Six goals in seven games

Aaron Ramsey: Six goals in seven games

The 22-year-old's second-half strike was his sixth goal in seven games this season and Merson praised his performance, despite the Wales international conceding a late penalty which led to Marseille's goal.

"The lad is on fire," Merson told Sky Sports. "I just hope he doesn't take it too hard giving away the penalty - he seemed upset after the game.

To score six goals already this season - we're in the middle of September - for a midfield player it is some going.

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"He is playing as well as anybody in the country at the moment. To score six goals already this season - we're in the middle of September - for a midfield player, it is some going.

"He is one of the ones who you didn't expect to be on this kind of role. You normally talk about Wilshere and Cazorla before you talk about Aaron Ramsey.

"But he has been absolutely outstanding and not just his goals, everything about him, he covers every blade of grass."

Theo Walcott scored Arsenal's opening goal with a stunning volley after Kieran Gibbs' cross was diverted into the forward's path.

And Merson admitted that he was as surprised as Marseille by the ferocity and accuracy of Walcott's strike.

"You could not believe how difficult it is to do what Theo Walcott did," he said.

"That would not be far off one of the best goals he's scored in his career so far. That was such a good finish, it was unbelievable. It was a phenomenal finish and he made it look very simple."

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Merson hailed the victory as a great result for the Gunners ahead of their two home games with Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.

But he believes Napoli remain the Group F favourites following their victory over Dortmund in Italy.

"It is a major, major result [for Arsenal]," Merson said. "To win away in the first game of the Champions League gets them off to a flyer. It was absolutely outstanding.

"I would have to say advantage Napoli. If Arsenal can get four points out of their next two home games, then they are on the way. You would have to say they will beat Marseille at home and that would be their 10 points.

"So they have got two big games at home, two very difficult football matches. But it is a great start. What else could you ask for?"

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