Mathieu Flamini offered an encouraging performance as Arsenal beat Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
The experienced Frenchman was preferred to Mikel Arteta in the defensive midfield role, with Francis Coquelin picking up a knee injury at the weekend in the loss to West Bromwich Albion.
Coquelin is out until 2016, and Flamini passed the first audition as his replacement, although at 31-years-old he is unlikely to start every single game.
Against Zagreb, he did exactly what was asked of him, keeping the ball by recording a 93 per cent pass completion rate, and even created one goalscoring opportunity.
His three interceptions was more than any other Arsenal midfielder made, while defender Nacho Monreal made four.
He also blocked one goal-bound effort, and made just two fouls, without being booked.
Arsenal travel to Norwich City this weekend aiming to bounce back from their last away loss, and Flamini has done all he can to earn another shot from the start.
Here is a look at how supporters reacted to his performance, largely in praise of his display, but not without critiquing areas for improvement...
Flamini is now like a new signing, you've got to like him #AFC— Son of Adam (@teejay_1969) November 24, 2015
Flamini seemed to look decent today, if he plays like he did today then we won't miss Coquelin as much. #afc— Vedat (@ArsenalDilek) November 24, 2015
Flamini is playing like his life depends on this game...His attitude is always great but sometimes he gets carried away in the moment.. #afc— Sanket (@SanketGooner) November 24, 2015
Flamini gets slated but I know one thing he ain't afraid of anyone on that pitch and I as a fan love that #AFC— Rob Belsom (@RobBelsom) November 24, 2015
One unusual event happened on earth today, Flamini played 90' and got no yellow— Richard Thomas (@TWEETARRAZZI) November 24, 2015
Thought Flamini played really well tonight. Definitely not as bad as some people make him out to be, still able to do a job in midfield.— Hássan Gülzár (@HassGeee) November 24, 2015