Arsenal and Unai Emery took a different approach to the most recent international break, organising a friendly game against Al-Nasr in Dubai.
Keen to keep the core of his squad fit and on their toes, Emery and his squad travelled to the Middle East.
It handed the Gunners boss an opportunity to give minutes to the likes of Denis Suarez, while also take a look at some youngsters coming through.
With Arsenal coming away victorious, here are four things we learned from the game.
Suarez needs more time and he may not get it
Arsenal fans may never get to see the best of Denis Suarez. After joining on loan in January, he was desperately short of match fitness and has needed time to get up to speed.
This was a great opportunity for the player to get some minutes under his belt, but a permanent move to London may be beyond him at this stage. He showed flashes of brilliance but must now produce that in the Premier League.
Shkodran Mustafi had a game to forget as he continues to struggle under Emery. The German has looked off the pace all season and he was unable to contain Alvaro Negredo, one name that will be familiar to Arsenal fans. Mustafi is facing a bleak future at Arsenal and performances like that are not helping his cause.
Jenkinson's timely reminder
While the opposition and circumstances must be taken into context, Carl Jenkinson gave Emery a timely reminder with a goal in the 3-2 win. His future at the club has been a subject of debate this season, but never say never.
Leno continuing to impress
Bernd Leno had been enjoying some good form ahead of the friendly and he showed more of the same against Al-Nasr.
It would be fair to say that the German had a bit of a rocky start after arriving from Bayer Leverkusen, but after adapting to the demands of the Premier League, he is showing exactly why he was brought to London.