Jack Wilshere captained Arsenal's under-21 side against Reading last night but could not stop the team slipping to a 1-0 home defeat.
The winning goal was scored by Niall Keown, son of former Gunners defender Martin Keown, giving Reading a victory in the same wee their senior side take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Arsenal are heavy favourites to win the clash and set up a final against either Aston Villa or Liverpool as they look to defend the trophy.
Jack Wilshere has not featured for the senior side in 2015 after picking up an ankle injury against Manchester United in November.
He is hoping to earn a recall to the first team squad for the end to the season, and this was his second under-21 game in a week.
He played 88 minutes before being substituted, and looked bright throughout, even if he could not lift a lacklustre Arsenal side to claim even a draw.
The best he may have been able to hope for may be a place on the bench, but this is not impossible given the reaction of fans to his display against Reading.
With important matches against Chelsea and Manchester United to come in the Premier League too, Wilshere's comeback gives Arsene Wenger a rare embarrassment of riches when it comes to team selection.
Here is a look at how fans responded via Twitter to Wilshere's performance against Reading's under-21s...
Wilshere off after 88 minutes. Has looked fit and sharp. Would think he'll be on the bench on Saturday. #AFCU21— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) April 13, 2015
Wilshere was the best player on the pitch by miles. Gnabry was a bit disappointing. Diaby wasn't very good at all.— Red and White (@RedAndWhite11) April 13, 2015
Reading marshaled well and won it with Keown's 1st half goal. Wilshere looked decent as did Gnabry in first half #AFCU21— The Arsenal Way (@TheArsenalWay49) April 13, 2015
wilshere looks fit. he will be ready for wembley— Marwan D. (@randomindead) April 13, 2015
Jack Wilshere looked pretty sharp in that game considering how long he was out for. Some nice flicks and tricks too. #Arsenal— Scarlet Fallon (@ScarletFallon1) April 13, 2015
Without bias wilshere has definitely been man of the match. Crowley and gnabry looked good . But not yet ready IMO— Sergeant Gnabry (@worldstarbro) April 13, 2015
was refreshing to watch Wilshere again. cant wait for him to be back in the senior team on Saturday, this time against the proper Reading.— Wilshere (@DecentWilshere) April 13, 2015
Watching the U21's, and although they're trailing against Reading, they can take a few positives out of the game. Wilshere excellent. #afc— Mosope Ominiyi (@Football365Mo) April 13, 2015
Wilshere's performance was encouraging tonight. Diaby's, not so much.— Arsenal (@ArsenaI_UK) April 13, 2015