As Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is left to consider the "exceptional solution" that could see him add to his squad in the final weeks of the transfer window, two of his summer decisions came back to haunt him with goals on the opening weekend of the season.
Chuba Akpom marked the first appearance of his season-long spell at Hull City with his maiden senior goal to help beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the KC Stadium as Steve Bruce's men reacted to relegation from the Premier League in winning fashion.
The 19 year old had previously spent short-term loans at Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest before sealing a year-long departure from Arsenal and is now relishing the opportunity after being offloaded by Wenger.
"We played well on the day and showed plenty of experience in both defence and attack," said Akpom.
"It's a good team to be playing in and for me to get my first senior goal, and on my debut for the club, it was a really special moment for me.
"Hopefully I can get more goals. The fans were great towards me and made a great atmosphere. It got me really pumped up for the game."
Meanwhile, at St Andrews Jon Toral proved the difference as Birmingham City overcame Reading, with the 20 year old netting a fine second half header to help see off Steve Clarke's side.
Blues goalie Tomasz Kuszczak saved a stoppage time Orlando Sa penalty as the hosts clung onto the 2-1 win and Toral, who spent last term at Brentford, was thrilled with the result.
"It was a great ball by Clayton [Donaldson] and I just had to head it home and I did that, but credit to Clayton," he told Blues TV.
"It's good to come here after last season [with Brentford]. I have played in the Championship before so I know what to expect. I knew it was going to be a tough game."
The goals came on a weekend that saw Arsenal suffer an opening day defeat to West Ham United, where fears over their firepower were realised as the visitors ran out 2-0 winners, with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott lacking thrust in front of goal.
Wenger is coy over potentially moving for a forward in the last three weeks of the window despite the Gunners being continually linked with a move to Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, with the Daily Mail reporting a £45m ($69.7m) bid has been sanctioned for the France international.