Bacary Sagna played for an hour tonight as Arsenal’s U21s beat Reading 2-0 at Barnet.
Although he’s clearly not under 21, it is permitted to play up to three overage players in the U21 side, and the French international saw his first action since a broken leg forced him out of the Norwich game at the end of last season.
On the other side of the defence, Andre Santos also played while Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong made it a strong Gunners side.
The goals came from youngsters Serge Gnabry and Chuba Akpom, but, despite his near constant search for the next youngster he can break into the first team, the watching Arsenal Wenger will have had more of an eye on his senior players this evening.
Jack Wilshere played for just over 70 minutes as he continued his search for match fitness ahead of a first team return, while Frimpong, Santos and Coquelin played the full 90 minutes.
Whether or not tonight’s appearance is enough for Arsene Wenger to consider Sagna for the next Premier League game (ironically against Norwich) remains to be seen, but the manager will surely be able to bolster his squad sooner rather than later.