Daniel Ballard is yet to make his competitive first-team debut for Arsenal but he is now a full international after featuring for Northern Ireland against Romania last night.
The centre-back was largely composed and produced an impressive display which was all the more commendable given that he has barely played in the past year due to injury.
Ballard will hope to be involved again when Northern Ireland face Norway on Monday and then attention will turn back to his situation at club level.
Given that Arsenal have so many centre-backs at present Ballard could be heading out on loan again, and if that is the case he will hope for better fortune than last season when his spell with Swindon Town ended early due to injury.
Ballard was involved for the first-team in the friendly against MK Dons recently and will still harbour hopes of succeeding at Arsenal despite it not being a straightforward task.
After the struggles that he endured things are finally starting to look up for Ballard and he will now look to push on further and enjoy a productive campaign.