Arsenal starlet Chuks Aneke gave senior manager Arsene Wenger a reminder that young talent is flourishing at the club.
The French boss has been linked with a couple of big-money signings in recent months as the January transfer window draws closer, but Aneke showed that their is plenty of talent in the Arsenal junior ranks willing to step-up when given the chance.
Aneke bagged a hat-trick for the young Gunners in the 6-1 FA Youth Cup victory against Darlington last night, leading to U18 manager and Arsenal legend Steve Bould describing the player as one of the hottest talents in English football today.
"If there are two better players in the country your going to have to go a hell of a long way to find them," said Bould in reference to Arsenal starlets Aneke and Benik Afobe.
The later scored twice in the rout at Barnet's Underhill ground, and it was an overall performance that delighted the Arsenal junior's manager.
"The biggest thing wasn't the goals, it was the attitude of everybody involved. The boys that played tonight were first class."
Aneke made his Arsenal second string debut in the 2008/2009 season, and featured more heavily last term in Neil Banfield's side.
Still only 17-years-old, Aneke continues to chip in for the junior side when called upon, and has represented England at U16 and U17 level in his career thus far.
A player with fantastic creativity, Arsenal bosses predict a bright future for the player, who might be loaned out to gain more first team experience in senior football.
His first 11 opportunities are likely to come in the League Cup for Arsenal, although this hat-trick will serve as a timely reminder to Wenger that players are continuing to develop at the Emirates and could make the step-up.