Before lockdown, Eddie Nketiah was starting Premier League games ahead of the vastly more experienced Alexandre Lacazette.
On the resumption of football on Wednesday night, the young striker was again preferred to his more senior colleague, starting at the Etihad in the 3-0 defeat to Man City.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta decided against loaning the 20 year old in January, and has been extremely impressed with him in training, viewing him as a genuine prospect for the future.
Speaking at his press conference this evening, the manager touched on what he’s looking for from him between now and the end of the season.
“I want him to keep doing what he’s doing,” he said. “The way he played last night against those players, in those difficult conditions, for me is extraordinary at his age.
“He has an immense personality to play, confidence, he’s powerful and is developing in every area I think.
“I have a lot of faith in him.”
The financial situation means big money transfers are unlikely this summer, meaning opportunities for young players, something Arteta is open to but in a way which helps get the best out of the them.
“The trick here is to get them with the right environment around them,” he continued.
“Not to put too much pressure on them. We have a really young squad, a very inexperienced squad, and when you put that in certain parts of the pitch very close together, you can see that there are some deficits and the decision-making is not always the right thing to do.
“We are in a position that we have to accept that some things at the moment, in there, probably more than we would like, are going to be like that.
“That’s the circumstances that we have but at the same time it’s great because it’s a great value for them to have these experiences and see themselves playing against that type of opposition.”