From Vela to Van Persie, Sunu to Cesc: Arsene Wenger's League Cup debutants

From Van Persie to Vela; Spicer to Sunu ("who?!" you cry), the League Cup has long been Arsene Wenger's fine-tuning laboratory for blooding Arsenal's prodigous stars of tomorrow. 

There's been mixed success, of course, but who can doubt the usefulness of English football's third-favourite competition to the Gunners' fastidious Frenchman? 

So here's a glance at some of the fresh-faced youngsters to have made their names in the red and white on frosty Tuesday nights...

Arsenal 1-2 Ipswich: 1 Nov, 2000

Wenger's upstarts cancel out Jamie Clapham's second-minute opener through Igor Stepanovs, but James Scowcroft scores late to win it for the visitors. 

Stuart Taylor: Earned a 2002 Premier League winner's medal with 10 appearances in the Gunners' double winning side, but in eight years at Arsenal he was second or third-choice keeper. After spending time on loan at Bristol Rovers, Crystal Palace, Peterborough and Leicester he eventually moved to Aston Villa on a four-year deal in 2005. Despite saving a Wayne Rooney penalty in 2007 he made only 12 appearances in four years. Spent three years as back-up keeper at Manchester City but failed to play for the first team. Now at Reading, he played against the Gunners in a 4-1 defeat for the Royals in March 2013.

Moritz Volz: Snapped up from Schalke in 1999, Volz played twice for Arsenal after making his debut in this match. He'd play against Sunderland in the same competition two years later, before joining Wimbledon on loan. Fulham took him permanently in 2004, where he achieved cult status and scored the top flight's 15,000th goal against Chelsea. Later played for Ipswich (loan), St. Pauli and TSV 1860 Munich.


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