Arsenal showed they do have strength in depth when they took on Hull City in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger made five changes to the side which beat Cardiff, and two of them combined to score the opener, as Nicklas Bendtner headed in Carl Jenkinson's second minute cross.
It was quite a leap of faith for Arsene Wenger to select Danish striker Bendtner, especially after his recent admission he wanted a move.
So did he do enough to impress watching scouts?
His early goal against his former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was an instant confidence booster, and he appeared to feed off it.
The Dane proved that in a game like last night's he wasn't going to let them down. He did what he was required to do, allowing Olivier Giroud an much-needed rest ahead of the tough upcoming fixtures.
Statistically, he measured up just about ok. He got his goal, although it would be the only effort he registered on target all night, his other two efforts failing to trouble the goalkeeper.
He created two goalscoring opportunities for his teammates, and won three aerial duels; only one Arsenal player in Mathieu Flamini bettered him.
Bendtner completed 79 per cent of his passes, a figure not particularly bad for a forward - for comparison in Tottenham's 6-0 loss to Manchester City, Roberto Soldado completed 55 per cent.
It was not a complete revival for him, too much time has surely passed for Bendtner to ever make a real success of himself at the club, but he proved last night that for now, he may not be worse than playing with 10 men.
Here's a look at how fans reacted on Twitter to his overall performance:
Very good performance again, 15 mins in first half which had some of the best passing anyone could watch. Thought Bendtner played very well— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) December 4, 2013
Really happy for Bendtner, genuinely played well tonight and deserved his goal. Great cross from Jenkinson, too.— David (@Gooner_66) December 4, 2013
And I’m genuinely pleased for Bendtner. He played well.— arseblog (@arseblog) December 4, 2013
Bendtner has been constructive tonight, hes been more involved and has played his part— Hassan Ahmed (@91sticker) December 4, 2013
Bendtner may have pissed me off with his words about leaving Arsenal but he played with high energy against Hull and I applaud him for that.— Ramsey's Season (@ArsenalTweetss) December 5, 2013
Bendtner played well tonight tbf! More starts = better form— Kiosk Keith (@LilManSyndrome0) December 4, 2013
I got to give Bendtner credit. He looked rusty but he wasn't really a downgrade of Giroud who has played every game.— Chung (@ChungArsenal) December 4, 2013
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