Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock crashed his £140,000 Mercedes G-Wagon jeep into a barrier on an M25 slip road but escaped unhurt.
The 21-year-old lost control at the wheel and his car somehow stayed upright before ending in the bushes.
The smash reportedly took place on Saturday afternoon when the Gunners prospect was on his way to training.
And Willock went on to play in Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Leeds the following day before being subbed off just before the hour mark.
An eyewitness told the Daily Mail: “I didn’t know who he was. He was a bit shaken, but fine.
“I got out of the car and I went to his window, which was blacked out. You could see that he was trying to reverse back out of the verge.
“The back wheel was missing but you could see the hub spinning out. He wound the window down and I said: ‘You can’t reverse’. He let out a big scream.
“I said: ‘You went around the corner a bit fast’.
“He said: ‘I know, I’m an idiot’. He said he was on his way to training, for Arsenal.
“He got out and said: ‘Do you think it’s a write off?’. I said: ‘I’m no expert, but I think so – you have half a tree in your front bumper’.”