Rewind five months and few would imagine Jack Wilshere would still be an Arsenal player.
The Englishman's mediocre loan spell at Bournemouth had freshly been compounded by another long-term injury at White Hart Lane.
His time on the south coast had looked to his last chance to impress Wenger but, despite summer interest from the likes of Newcastle and Sampdoria, the midfielder has endured at the Emirates.
Furthermore, Wilshere has impressed so far this season in the choice opportunities handed to him.
The 25-year-old returned in style against Cologne before a showing in the Carabao Cup that saw some Arsenal fans call for him to usurp Aaron Ramsey in the first-team.
Come Arsenal's next Europa League fixture and Wilshere was handed another opportunity in a youthful starting XI away to BATE Borisov.
And it's fair to say the Englishman had an eventful first 15 minutes in Belarus.
Just minutes after kick-off, Wilshere nearly turned provider for Theo Walcott who's effort struck the upright.
In the ninth minute, the same partnership combined again but this time Walcott was able to deliver the final product. The ex-Southampton man bundled the ball in at the back post to open the scoring.
However, it was all about Wilshere who turned provider with a brilliant display of dribbling and crossing.
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Of course, Wenger can only take so much from one moment against Belarusian opposition but it was a ruthless final product that was typical of Wilshere's original rise.
The 25-year-old continued where he left of, too, nearly doubling Arsenal's lead only for his effort to be ruled out.
Walcott has added to his tally and at the time of writing, the Gunners are cruising at 2-0.
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