Kim Kallstrom's deadline day loan signing for Arsenal was not Arsene Wenger's finest moment in the transfer market, but it was also beset by bad luck.
The medical revealed the midfielder a back fracture, but Wenger pushed through the transfer anyway.
The experienced Swedish international was however unable to contribute during the club's disappointing run in February and March.
Fortunately he scored his penalty against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final shootout, and went onto pick up a winner's medal in May.
He has now returned to parent club Spartak Moscow, and his first game back was a roaring success.
The Russian Premier League season began on Friday, as Spartak took on Rubin Kazan.
Kallstrom, 31, was impressive as he helped inspire a 4-0 away win for the title chasers.
The veteran played all 90 minutes, providing an assist in an all-action display.
Defensively he was dominant, making a game-high seven tackles and winning four interceptions, winning three aerial duels.
He appears to have put his injury nightmare fully behind him, and the spell at Arsenal may just have spurred him on.
His brief stay in North London will always be tinged with a 'what might have been', had he stayed fit, but he has started back in Russia with real intent to demonstrate he has plenty to give.