EDDIE NKETIAH and Folarin Balogun both sent Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta very clear messages with their respective performances against Sunderland.
But they were by no means the same message.
Nketiah, 22, thrived against the third-tier outfit, looking a class above as he sealed a brilliant hat-trick with a confident backheel.
But Balogun, on the other hand, looked like a kid among grizzled men.
Both have had their short-term futures questioned of late – with Nketiah's contract set to expire at the end of the season, and Balogun linked with loan moves aplenty.
On tonight's evidence, it's clear which of these players needs to be at Arsenal in the second half of the season and beyond.
Young striker Balogun got off on the wrong foot, scuffing a presentable headed opportunity horribly wide after being found by a super Cedric Soares swinging cross.
This set the tone for his evening, snatching at chances and showing a little over-exuberance.
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He couldn't have illustrated this better than when he was booked for clattering into Sunderland skipper Bailey Wright early on in the second-half.
He was hooked by Arteta shortly after, as the Spaniard opted to bring on Granit Xhaka to take control of the midfield – leaving Nketiah as the lone front-man.
Balogun has no shortage of loan suitors, with plenty of EFL clubs, perhaps even Sunderland themselves, interested in taking him for the rest of the season.
The regular senior football would do the 20-year-old a world of good, as he is clearly beyond youth football now, having scored 13 goals in 11 PL2 appearances for Arsenal's Under-23s this term.
Being stuck in limbo between youth and men's football won't do him any good.
Nketiah, meanwhile, is the real deal when it comes to predatory finishing.
Arteta has made no secret of the fact that he'd like the former Leeds loanee to stay – but just 38 minutes of Premier League football this term has not convinced him to sign on the dotted line.
Tonight may have been against League One opposition, but Nketiah showed that he is worth more regular game time – especially with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the picture.
If Arsenal fail to convince him to stay long-term, it may come back to bite them on the backside.
With Alexandre Lacazette also set to be out of contract in the summer, Arsenal have plenty of decisions to make.
But maybe it's time to choose youth for good, to show that they have learned from their Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil contract gaffes.
Arsenal's youth is their strength this season.
But you never quite know with this club if another Willian-type signing is around the corner.
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