Recent Arsenal signing Mikael Silvestre is ready to challenge for a first-team debut after a successful run-out for the club's reserves.
The 31-year-old former Manchester United defender has been on the bench three times for the Gunners in recent weeks, but has yet to be called into action by Arsene Wenger.
However, Silvestre came through a second string outing against Stoke City to press his claims for a first senior appearance for the club.
He told the club's official website: "I feel good. I got through the 90 minutes without any discomfort or pain and physically I felt at the same level as my team-mates, so it felt good.
"The boss asked me if I wanted to play, because it was a long time since I last played competitively, back in August or July with United.
"Before I get back with the first team it was good for me to play and get something other than training.
"It was a perfect run-out before playing with the first team. It is a good level in the Reserve League and getting to know my young team-mates was a good experience."