Matt Smith has been a familiar figure around the first-team squad for some time without ever quite managing to break into the senior setup.
The midfielder has featured in friendlies and has been an unused substitute on 13 occasions, including for the FA Cup final success against Chelsea in 2020.
However, the 22-year-old has yet to make his competitive debut for Arsenal and surely a decision regarding his future at the club will have to be made soon.
Smith has gained much experience out on loan at Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers, and he has often stood out in training sessions at London Colney.
The Hale End product is currently with the Arsenal first-team in Dubai and filled in at right-back during the victory over Lyon this week.
Smith may well be eyeing the upcoming FA Cup third round tie away to Oxford United as a possible opportunity to make his long-awaited debut, but beyond that it is difficult to envisage him making many appearances in the second half of the season if he stays at Arsenal.
Last summer Smith could have gone out on loan for a fourth time, but he elected to remain at Arsenal to try and finally break into the first-team.
Smith has been very close to the squad and there is much to admire about his game including his passing and work-rate.
Unless something drastic changes, however, he may soon have to contemplate a permanent move elsewhere.