Emmanuel Frimpong advanced his recovery from a serious knee injury by turning out for the Arsenal reserves last night.
Neil Banfield's second-string ran out 4-2 winners against Sunderland at Underhill but the major talking point was the return of Frimpong, who suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in August.
The teenager was making great strides prior to is injury blow and had even been tipped to force his way into Arsene Wenger's senior squad.
Banfield is now urging the 19-year-old to recapture his best form in an Arsenal shirt and catch the eye of Wenger once more.
"It’s great for Emmanuel, he was distraught after doing his knee [in pre-season]. It’s great to see him back out on the pitch," said the Arsenal reserve team coach.
"He was giving himself every opportunity for the manager to pick him [before his injury] and now he has got to get himself back to that level. He is coming back and playing which, at this moment in time, is the best thing."
Frimpong, an athletic defensive midfielder in the mould of Alex Song, was born in Ghana but qualifies to play for England having moved to London as a child.
Having played for England at junior level, Frimpong will seemingly eventually graduate into the senior squad - and Wenger has called on the FA to make sure the youngster doesn't slip from the Three Lions' grasp.
"Here you have a boy who can choose between England and Ghana, so if I was in your place I would have no hesitation and invite him very quickly to play for England," said the Arsenal boss.
"I think he will have a big future."
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