Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey enjoyed proving his doubters wrong last season, but has vowed not to allow complacency to creep in.
Ramsey came of age in 2013-14, scoring the winner in the FA Cup final against Hull City and chipping in with a career-best 16 goals in all competitions.
Despite the fact that the 23-year-old spent just over three months sidelined with a thigh injury, Ramsey believes that his performances last term will have silenced his critics.
"I've been through a lot in my short career so far," Ramsey told the club's official website. "I've had a bit of everything so it was nice to have a good season, score the number of goals that I did and be recognised a lot more.
"I've always believed in myself and what I can do, and I think a lot of people realised that last year and that's what I'm more happy about."
Pre-season training recently started at Arsenal and Boreham Wood provide the first friendly opposition for Arsene Wenger's men this weekend.
"It's always important to get a good pre-season in you," added Ramsey. "I want to keep on working on my game.
"Hopefully I can keep improving and get better and better. That's my target now - just to improve on my game and keep on building every season."