Julian Draxler stepped up for German side Wolfsburg when they needed him to, showing he is beginning to live up to his much talked about potential.
Arsenal were strongly linked with signing him in January 2014, with The Guardian reporting that Schalke blocked their advances despite figures of £30 million plus being mooted.
The Mirror reported that Arsene Wenger wanted Draxler as a priority, and planned to convert him into a striker to replace Robin van Persie.
A loss of form and injuries followed, and this summer he signed for Wolfsburg for £25 million in a surprise deal, The BBC reported at the time.
He provided the assist for Vierinha's first half goal last night, and while he faded in the second, his impact was crucial.
His performance caught the attention of Arsenal fans who took to Twitter to discuss the performance of the German international, long considered the heir to Mesut Ozil.
Such a shame Arsenal didn't push hard enough for Draxler fantastic player if he can stay injury free world class potential #AFC— Samuel Uzo. (@SamuelUzo92) December 8, 2015
In the next two years - wenger, "draxler almost joined arsenal" #AFC— Arsenal FC (@OlaAyobami) December 8, 2015