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 2-0 Newcastle: 25 Sep, 2007
Late goals from Bendtner and Denilson send Gunners through to round four.
Fran Merida: Francisco "Fran" Mérida Pérez signed for Arsenal at the age of 17 from Barcelona. Labelled as a younger Fabregas, he only appeared in 16 games for the club over three years. Left on a free for Atletico Madrid but made only 20 appearances for the Spanish side. After a loan spell at Braga he joined another Atletico, this time Club Atletico Paranese in Parana state, north of Sao Paolo.