Marco Reus played a key part in Borussia Dortmund's game of the year contending 8-4 victory over Legia Warsaw and has spoken out over his "injury hell". This, after Arsenal have become increasingly linked with a move for the coveted forward.
The stunning 12-goal spectacle broke Champions League records. Though the 55,000 match-going fans at the Signal-Iduna Park were expecting a home win, they would not perhaps have been anticipating such a festival of goals from all angles by eight different players.
Ousmane Dembele announced himself on the world stage as he banged in his first senior level goals for his new club, while Shinji Kagawa was also crucial in goal-scoring and assisting, however, it was Reus who attracted the headlines thanks to a hat-trick of goals and one assist as the German international returned in scintillating style.
Reus struck 20 times for Dortmund last season but is seemingly cursed with injuries and even had to miss Euro 2016 because of a torn adductor muscle.
Now that he is back from a six month hiatus he has spoken out over the ordeal: "I was overjoyed to play from the beginning," Reus said, as quoted by The Mirror.
"This is how you imagine a comeback after such a long time [and] I was looking forward to this. This was an important step for me," he said. "I've worked hard for this moment. I didn't toil myself to death today, I'm not completely exhausted, but I tried to be aggressive and play my game. The game did me well today."
Dortmund have lost many key players in recent years, including Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier this year, and Robert Lewandowski in 2014.
They will be loathe to lose another superstar but performances like the one he returned against Legia will only heighten transfer rumours, with Arsenal becoming increasingly linked with a move (as per ESPN, The Independent and The Sun).
Reus signed a contract extension in February, 2015 and is contractually-bound to Dortmund until 2019.