Twenty-sixteen has been a frustrating year for Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 22-year-old began the 2015/16 term on a high after scoring against Chelsea in the Community Shield but soon suffered from a poor run of form.
Injuries further curtailed his season, with a knee problem ruling him out of England's Euro 2016 campaign.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain has since been working hard to regain full fitness in a bid prove his worth in an Arsenal shirt - and he's been duly rewarded.
During a pre-season friendly against RC Lens on Friday evening, the versatile youngster scored a quite outstanding goal with a chipped effort (see below).
Lionel Messi, eat your heart out.
Momentum was with Arsenal following Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike but were ultimately unable to find a winning goal.
Indeed, it took a moment of magic to spare the Gunners' blushes after going behind to their French opponents.
Calum Chambers was at fault for Lens' opener when his header fell straight to the feet of Abdellah Zoubir, whose effort was saved by Emiliano Martinez and eventually bundled home by Mathias Autret.
Arsenal struggled to penetrate Lens' defence thereafter, with Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Chuba Akpom all flattering to deceive throughout.
Up stepped Oxlade-Chamberlain, though, who latched onto Serge Gnabry's through ball in the 82nd minute and found the back of the net emphatically.
Arsenal were poor on the whole, of course, but with each passing friendly, Arsene Wenger's men will regain fitness and redevelop their understanding with one another.
Onwards and upwards for the Gunners.