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 3-1 Shrewsbury: 20 Sep, 2011
James Collins shocks the Emirates with an early goal but the Gunners roar back with goals from Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Benayoun.
Ryo Miyaichi: The Japanese winger is yet to hold down a regular place at the Emirates Stadium but has at least excited Arsenal fans with his pace and trickery. Unfortunately a succession of long-term injuries have stalled his career but now he’s back and looking to make up for lost time.
Oguzhan Ozyakup: Came on for the last 13 minutes in his competitive debut for Arsenal. The young Turkish midfielder didn’t have much time to make an impact but did so in his short stint on the pitch, setting up Yossi Benayoun for Arsenal's third of the night. At the end of the season he was sold to Besiktas for €500,000, and has since made a great impression for the Turkish side. Made his Turkey debut earlier this year - although he could have played for the Netherlands too.