Yaya Sanogo scored a hat-trick as the Arsenal U23s came from 2-0 down to beat Reading 5-2.
The 24 year old hasn’t played a game for the first team since December 2014, and has had loan spells at Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton, as well as some injury problems.
The Gunners, with experienced players like Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson in the starting line up, went two goals down before blitzing the Royals with four second half strikes after the French full-back had pulled one back before half-time.
January signing Cohen Bramall got the other goal.
The game was also notable for the inclusion of Alex Iwobi who has made 36 appearances for the first team this season.
It seems an odd decision to essentially demote him to the U23s on the day we face Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Although the young Nigerian’s form has been a bit patchy, that’s true of almost all our players at the moment, and he scored the second goal in the 2-0 win over Palace in early January.
Maybe it’s just to keep his fitness up but it’s a an odd one all the same.