Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsene Wenger's latest uncut gem
The opponents were Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup, and it was only after Chamberlain's powerful 58th-minute strike that Gooners across the globe could heave a sigh of relief. He had an excellent all-round game, and looked by far the most accomplished player on the park.
The young Portsmouth-born winger, who only turned 18 in August, has made a rapid rise to stardom. He joined Southampton at the age of seven, and broke into the first team towards the end of the 2009-10 season.
However, he established himself as a regular during the following season, making a total of 41 appearances across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists.
More than the stats, though, it was the overall quality, speed, maturity and flair he displayed that set pulses racing, and soon enough, Premier League clubs came calling. He joined Arsenal on August 8, 2011, and made an instant impact in a man-of-the-match display on his first start for the club against Shrewsbury.
In his brief career thus far, Chamberlain has put together enough highlights to fill a DVD. Here are some of his most exciting moments for Southampton, Arsenal and England under-21.
Let's begin with his most recent highlight.
Making his first start for Arsenal, during a period of real strife for the club, Chamberlain saw his team trailing by a goal to unfancied League Two side Shrewsbury. Kieran Gibbs then equalized for Arsenal at the end of a first half when Chamberlain was a bit "timid", in the words of Arsene Wenger.
But it was all Arsenal in the second half, as young Alex took the game by the scruff of it's neck, and capped a fantastic performance with this goal.
Picking up a pass from Emmanuel Frimpong some 35 yards out, Chamberlain took a touch before hammering it home past Shrews 'keeper Ben Smith. Smith should have done better, but the goal was no less than the delighted Arsenal youngster deserved.
He was rightly voted man of the match, and on this evidence, it won't be for the last time...
Making only his third appearance for the England u-21 side, Chamberlain was introduced as a second half substitute, with England trailing 0-1. What followed was something that can only be described as a "one man show."
The young Gunner took over the game, and put the Israelis to the sword. He had a hand in all four goals, claiming three assists, and additionally, earning the penalty that led to the fourth.
This video shows the influence he had in the short time he spent on the pitch, making numerous touches, many of them leading to goal-scoring opportunities for his team.
What stood out the most was how he was always available to receive the ball all over the pitch, and how his teammates kept looking for him to make things happen.
And he did....
I've saved the best for last.
Pace, vision, touch, class, anticipation, strength, finishing. Did I leave anything out??
There are plenty of examples of all those adjectives in this stunning montage of Chamberlain's Southampton career. In fact, there are a couple of goals that possess all those virtues.
If anyone is still wondering how Arsene Wenger's most expensive signing this summer was also his youngest, this video should make things clear.
The boy is more than special. Lick your lips, Gooners...