Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed he has banished the memory of his serious injury and is determined to come back fitter and stronger.
The highly-rated Welshman suffered a double leg-break against Stoke in February 2010 and there were genuine fears his career was at risk.
The 20-year-old spent eight months on the sidelines and had loan spells with Nottingham Forest and former club Cardiff last season in order to regain match fitness.
Ramsey eventually made his competitive return for the Gunners in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Manchester United in March, 13 months after his original injury.
Now, with a full pre-season behind him, Ramsey is convinced he can get back to his best.
"The natural reaction from everyone is 'will he be the same?'" Ramsey told the Daily Telegraph.
"But I was determined to get back even fitter and stronger. I never once thought that I would never get back to where I was. I don't think about the injury any more. As far as I'm concerned, that's gone now, I've moved on."
Ramsey also believes he and his Arsenal team-mates have taken lessons from last season, where they once again saw their trophy hopes fade in the final third of campaign, and can launch a sustained bid for silverware this time round.
"I think we have learnt from last season and we will be better for it," he added.
"We will know how to manage those situations better. We are more capable of beating the best teams in England. We've proved that. We beat Chelsea, Man U and Barcelona last season.
"I think we will definitely be stronger this season."