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 6-1 Coventry: 26 Sep, 2012

Gunners trounce League One side with goals from Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Walcott (2) and Miquel. 

Damian Martinez: The Argentine keeper is still at Arsenal, and also appeared in the infamous 7-5 victory over Reading last season. In October he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency 28-day loan. Unlikely to make an impact in Wenger's first team with Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano all ahead in the pecking order. 

Martin Angha: Joined Arsenal from FC Zurich in 2010 and made his debut here, where Arsenal were rarely tested. Left the club this summer and joined FC Nurnberg in the Bundesliga, but hasn’t made an appearance for the German side yet.

Serge Gnabry: The German's debut here was quickly followed by his Premier League bow within a month. The explosive youngster is now a fully fledged member of the first team and scored his first professional goal against Swansea last month. You can see our in-depth analysis of him here