Serge Gnabry was thrown in the deep end against Stoke on Sunday after Theo Walcott pulled out injured at the last minute.
Ohh I just love a little bit of pre-match drama. When a player takes tumble or throws up at the side of the pitch and the fans in the stadium know - he is getting pulled.
Yesterday saw Arsenal take on Stoke City and just moments after Arsene Wenger spoke about his happiness at being able to field an unchanged side, he had to change his side - sod’s law!
The 18-year-old has recently been in superb form for the clubs youth teams recently and his talent is highly thought of at The Emirates - so a chance to get him in on the action was not all bad news.
So how did he do?
Well he did alright to be fair.
For a teenager making his first start in the Premier League at the eleventh hour you could not have asked for more. He clearly had some early nerves, but that natural confidence soon took over, and the barrel-chested midfielder really came to grips to the game.
He even held his own physically against the likes of Erik Pieters and Steven N’Zonzi - although Robert Huth did send him flying with a clothes-line like tackle.
He also tracked back well, offering plenty of support to Bacary Sagna in a defensive respect.
It was not the perfect performance. He certainly seems more comfortable drifting central. There were plenty of occasions where running out wide had to be the best option, but instead he seemed to enjoy drifting central - much like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain does when playing on the flank.
But he had a good game, with a passing success rate of 86.8% as well as only losing possession once in the game.
Is he the finished article, well you know what not quite far off it. Physically he looked up to the challenge, with his physique certainly not that of your average 18-year-old protege.
Hopefully we will get to see him in action again against West Brom in the Carling Cup this week, so we can cast his eye over him once again.
But what did Arsenal fans make of his performance?
Here is some reaction on Twitter...
Gnabry played excellent today— #Chirag ॐ (@Chirag__Gadhvi) September 22, 2013
I thought Serge Gnabry was quite good today, dunno why people were moaning when he played a stray pass or two, hes just a kid and nervous!— Äli (@Aghahahaha) September 22, 2013
What exactly Gnabry did wrong. Kid is 18, didnt even got out muscled!! cant remember him being a defencive liabilty or slowing down attacks— Saad Nöör (@gooner_saad) September 22, 2013
I want Serge Gnabry to become a star. The highlights I've watched of him has made me feel the pain of the defenders & goalkeepers he ripped.— Bola (@TheSuperNegro_) September 22, 2013
Who has Serge Gnabry's twitter? I need to commend the boy for today's game. Playing against Stoke on short notice. #BaptismOfFire— CERTIFIED GÖÖNER (@K_Swiss147) September 22, 2013
Just thinking back to the game earlier, Gnabry was pretty good. Look forward to seeing him (and others) midweek against West Brom in the COC— Prabhdit Vaid (@prabhditv) September 22, 2013
Gnabry was good, but with Jack on one wing, we need Gnabry to stay out wide and he didn't. Kept drifting in. Ryo a better choice?— Andy DENCH Stern (@andysternAFC) September 22, 2013
Gnabry, to be thrown in that late was great today, only 18 years old. Great prospect— Liam East (@liameast96) September 22, 2013
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