It had been another 15 minutes of dreary stuff from Arsenal at the London Stadium, after a dreary first 45.
1-0 down and seemingly bereft of ideas, the Gunners were struggling. Then Lucas Torreira found Sead Kolasinac down the left, he put in one of those low crosses he likes so much, and there was Gabriel Martinelli to slot the ball home to make it 1-1.
On his first Premier League start, he scored his first Premier League goal, and afterwards drew praise from interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg for his contribution and character.
“Gabi is a fantastic player,” he said.
“He’s still very young but he has that energy about him and he goes and he goes. He has no fear and he just keeps on going.
“So it’s a pleasure to see him there on that pitch, and for him to get the success that he did today, it gives you a smile to your face.”
There’s no question the young man has an eye for goal, he’d scored seven times previously this season in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, so to get off the mark in the Premier League is another step forward.
It was just reward for a brave selection by the Swede, and in a season which has been short on bright spots, the young Brazilian is definitely one of them.