From League One to starting in England's opening match of Euro 2012 in the space of 12 months: it has been quite a year for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal fans knew they were signing one of the brightest prospects in English football when Arsène Wenger made his move for the talented 18-year-old last summer - but few would have expected such an exciting debut campaign.
Alex featured in all of the Gunners' major competitions this season, claiming his first Premier League goals against Blackburn and scoring on his Champions League debut against Olympiacos, a goal which made him the youngest-ever English scorer in the competition. He was made to wait for first-team opportunities in the Premier League but repaid Wenger's faith with a convincing first start against Manchester United.
He rarely looked back and was soon a regular member of the Arsenal side which hit top form over February, March and April. Gervinho's return to the first team at the tail end of the campaign ultimately saw starting opportunities limited - but Alex had already made his mark.
In May, Roy Hodgson came calling. A fine year with Stuart Pearce's England Under-21s coupled with a promising debut season at Emirates Stadium was enough to convince the new England manager that the 18-year-old was good enough for Euro 2012.
Arsenal fans can look forward to an exciting future for Alex should he continue at this rate of development.
“I think it's gone really well in terms of bedding in with the boys and into the squad. Not so much as a first-team regular as obviously as I am still young and there are lot of good players around me doing really well. I just feel part of the squad now, am really comfortable with all of the lads, the fans and feel a massive part of it. Maybe not so much now but I can see myself being a part of Arsenal's future. That is where I would like to be anyway and I am going to work as hard as I can to make sure I achieve that."
Hodgson admits the youngster's mature central midfield display against AC Milan in the Champions League made him stand up and take notice. The 18-year-old proved his versatility for the first time in the 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium with a fine performance against the Italian giants.
Alex takes on AC Milan at Emirates Stadium