Bacary Sagna believes Aaron Ramsey can step up and fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas in Arsenal's midfield.
Despite being only 20, Ramsey took well to the task of dictating play in midfield during the Gunners' UEFA Champions League play-off first leg victory over Udinese on Tuesday.
The Wales captain capped off a solid display by setting up Theo Walcott for the Gunners' winner with a perfect cross in the fourth minute.
Fabregas pinpointed Ramsey as the player who he thinks can successfully fill the midfield void created by his departure to Barcelona, and Sagna agrees that the youngster is ready to make the step up.
He said: "Cesc is a great player. He was one of our best players but that's part of football.
"Every season we start a season and some players leave at the end of it. That's what happens and I just want to wish him good luck.
"I will miss him of course but Aaron Ramsey did very well and he will show he is a great player as well."
The Gunners next face Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and Sagna hopes his fellow France international Samir Nasri will be available to play.
The midfielder, who is being linked with Manchester City, missed last week's draw at Newcastle through an apparent illness and was suspended for the game against Udinese.
"Everyone knows about his (Nasri's) quality. I hope he will be back for Liverpool," said Sagna.