It's been a long time coming, but Jack Wilshere is finally looking somewhere back to his best for Arsenal.
He was the orchestrator of Thursday night's 4-2 win over BATE in the Europa League, providing the assist for Theo Walcott's opener.
Wilshere played a one-two with Olivier Giroud, burst through the defence and delivered an inch-perfect cross for Walcott to score.
It was somewhat reminiscent of the goal Wilshere scored against Norwich back in 2013, when he played a series of one-twos before finding the back of the net.
In his post-match interview, Arsene Wenger described the 25-year-old's performance as "outstanding" and said he clearly hasn't lost his quality.
"He had an outstanding first half and he fought until the end," said Arsenal's manager. "I think he is on a good way back to his best and he showed that tonight.
"He is at an age where a player usually gets to the best of his career. He has only been stopped by a series of injuries.
"I just pray that he is not hampered any more by any problems, then you will see him getting stronger and stronger. He has shown again tonight he has not lost his quality."
Arsenal fans are hoping Wilshere's display against BATE will soon earn him a start in the Premier League - and if truth be told, he deserves it.
Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey have both shown they're prone to the odd poor performance this season, whereas Wilshere has been consistently fantastic when played.
And it would appear even Cesc Fabregas was impressed by Wilshere on Thursday judging by the comment he left on his former teammate's Instagram page.
Here's what Wilshere posted:
And here's the lovely little comment Fabregas left:
The Spaniard simply wrote: "Well done my friend." Class.
Wilshere will only hope his performance against BATE is enough to see him started against Brighton & Hove Albion over the weekend.
The Englishman's direct and combative style of play is totally different to what Xhaka and Ramsey offer, which could put him in good stead in the future.News Now - Sport News