Kristoffer Olsson, 19, got his first start in Denmark on Tuesday, producing a five star performance away to Aahus Fremad and helping the Herning-based side into the Landspokal Cup quarter-finals.
Goals from Marcos Urena, Marco Larsen, Tim Sparv and a brace from forward Paul Onuachu ensured qualification for the visitors, however, Michael Pederson was able to grab a consolation goal in the last few minutes of the game with a direct free-kick.
Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet for the Danish side, the Arsenal midfielder certainly played his part in the emphatic away victory and made his first real mark for the club since moving on loan on deadline day.
Olsson tweeted a photo of himself with the Man of the Match trophy and declaring himself ‘happy to finally play’:
Happy to finally play and to help the team with a good performance and a win tonight, thanks for the… http://t.co/1uywxudwWI— Kristoffer Olsson (@krisolsson) October 28, 2014
Nice to get named man of the match tonight so I got this little trophy pic.twitter.com/dU0Nhy1R14— Kristoffer Olsson (@krisolsson) October 28, 2014
The technically-gifted midfielder, who has won under-21 caps for the Swedish national team, had been touted for a long future at the Emirates, but the slow start to life in Denmark did begin to raise questions over the teenager’s aptitude to kick on.
After already making a first-team appearance for Arsenal – against West Brom in the League Cup last season – he will have been eager to prove himself and show Wenger that he is deserving of a first-team role at the Emirates. However, after struggling to breakthrough into the Midtjylland first-team earlier, he would have been forgiven if he started to wonder if that would ever happen.
Nevertheless, a Man of the Match award on your first start is certainly one way to turn heads. The Arsenal youngster should now be in the frame to make his Superliga debut against Nordsjaelland on Friday, and will hopefully be able to replicate a similar performance.