Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry provided manager Arsene Wenger with a telling reminder as to his ability by scoring against Barcelona Under 19's as the Gunners crashed out of the Uefa Youth League quarter finals.
Gnabry hasn't started for the north Londoners since January but with Theo Walcott out for the remainder of the season, Olivier Giroud showing signs of tiring and Lukas Podolski failing to recapture his goal scoring form, the German netted to thrust himself into contention for a recall.
The 18 year old drew Arsenal level in Catalonia after being fed by Jon Toral but despite Chubba Akpom pegging Barca back for a second time with seven minutes left, late goals from Adama Traore and Wilfrid Kaptoum saw the hosts progress.
But Arsenal could take solace from the performance of Gnabry, who after making his first Premier League start against Stoke City and netting his first goal in the win at Swansea City is now a serious contented to play a significant role in the final weeks of the season.
Though Wenger's side are out of the Champions League, Arsenal face a gruelling schedule with the potential of 11 games in the final eight weeks of the campaign as the club chase a domestic double.
Unlikely to be involved against Chelsea this weekend or Manchester City on 29 March, games at home to Swansea City, away to Everton and at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic represent matches where he could win a recall.
The ex-Stuttgart wideman made an impressive start to his Arsenal career in the top flight upon his introduction at the start of the season however the return to Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw his opportunities curtailed.
Walcott is not expected back until next season after damaging his anterior cruciate knee ligaments while goals elsewhere have dried up from Giroud, who has scored in just two of his last 11 appearances.
The decision from Wenger to not sign a striker in the January transfer window has been criticised by Arsenal fans and could yet lead to them failing to win the league title, with both Chelsea, Liverpool and City remaining in contention.