Antoine Griezmann went into this summer's World Cup on the crest of a wave.
The Real Sociedad attacker was hot property following a domestic campaign that saw him net 20 goals for the Spanish side, and set up an additional five. And it was a record that had the likes of Arsene Wenger impressed, with the Gunners boss admitting he had been keeping a close eye on his countryman.
The Arsenal manager admitted in an interview with Telefoot back in March that Arsenal had been "following Antoine Griezmann for a long time".
The player began his international career in fine form, netting three goals leading into the tournament.
But despite starting France's opening match against Honduras, Greizmann failed to shine, playing two key passes but unable to add to his international tally; his three scoring attempts all off-target.
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That was in stark contrast to his club form, where he became one of Sociedad's star performers along with former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela.
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In France's next match - the impressive 5-2 victory over Switzerland - Griezmann found himself on the bench, which is where he stayed until the 82nd minute, by which time Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena had helped inspire their country to a second successive victory.
And it is in light of that sparkling performance that one wonders if Griezmann will get another chance to show what he is capable of at this World Cup.
Against Ecuador, he could be given the opportunity to prove he can still be one of the competition's break-out stars. But if he does not, Didier Deschamps has plenty of other options to call upon.