Aaron Ramsey has expressed his enthusiasm at the prospect of forging a midfield partnership with Jack Wilshere at Arsenal.
Wilshere has yet to feature this season after an ankle problem required surgery, but he is now closing in on a comeback and could return next month.
The England international's availability will create rivalry for a place in the team with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Alex Song and Ramsey.
However, the Welshman is looking forward to playing alongside Wilshere and hopes they can link up to devastating effect.
Ramsey and Wilshere have long been regarded as two of the most exciting young talents in British football, but circumstances have prevented them from being first-team regulars at the same time.
"Jack is a great player for us; he had a really good season last year. It's only a good thing to have competition for places," Ramsey told a webchat for Chinese fans on the official Arsenal website.
"It's been quite weird because [initially] I was playing, so Jack went out on loan, then I got injured, so Jack played.
"We haven't really had a chance to play together yet in the league. It will be good to have the competition."
The Gunners head to Swansea on Sunday looking to get their drive towards the top four of the Premier League back on track following defeat at Fulham.
Confidence is high in the Arsenal squad, boosted by the return of former captain Thierry Henry on a short-term loan deal as he came off the bench to win Monday night's FA Cup third-round tie against Leeds.
Wales skipper Ramsey, 21, has grabbed his chance this season, following the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Wilshere's unfortunate ankle problem, to form a strong partnership alongside new recruit Arteta and Cameroon international Song.
Ramsey believes that understanding can only develop as the season heads towards its conclusion.
"It has definitely grown as the season has gone on," he said.
"We have got a better understanding of each other and that is starting to show with the assists and the chances created.
"It is only going to get stronger as the season goes on, too."