Arsenal's need for a striker at the end of the summer transfer deadline was so great that a forward who divided opinion around the country was hailed by fans as their saviour.
Danny Welbeck signed from Manchester United for just £16 million and immediately set about making an impact, netting a clinical hat-trick against Galatasaray.
Yet those were the only three goals he scored during the club's entire Champions League campaign, and he has just four goals in 16 Premier League appearances.
His recent injury could not have been timed much worse from a personal perspective, but was seamless for the team with Olivier Giroud returning from suspension to lead the line effectively.
Giroud showed his importance by scoring a crucial goal against Manchester City, and is odds on to start this weekend in the North London derby against Tottenham.
Arsene Wenger confirmed Welbeck is back available for the fixture this week, telling the club's website he is under consideration for selection.
He seems like a forgotten man, because the club have been thriving in his absence, with Giroud in form, and Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott reinvigorating the attack, the 5-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend a case in point.
When everybody is fully fit, it is hard to see where he fits in, if he is not selected ahead of Giroud. Only the absence of Alexis Sanchez through injury this weekend could give him an opening.
Welbeck will of course get his chances, and if he starts from the bench, will likely come on as a substitute at the weekend. There could be no better chance to underline his talent and re-establish himself, than scoring in the derby.
It is not just for Arsenal where his impact has been pushed aside. Despite scoring five goals in four England European Championship qualifiers this season, he is not the young English striker everybody is talking about.
This honour belongs to Harry Kane, who has been prolific for rivals Spurs this season, and would have been called up to the England senior squad by now had an opportunity arisen since his first team breakthrough.
The North London derby is the perfect chance for Welbeck to remind everybody he is the man in possession of the England starting spot, and does not intend on giving it up to the Tottenham forward without a fight.