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

Sunderland 0-3 Arsenal: 25 Oct, 2005

A convincing win for Wenger's side at the Stadium of Light, sending them into the fourth round.

Nicklas Bendtner: The Dane replaced Owusu-Abeyie as a late substitute on Wearside to begin his topsy-turvy career with the Gunners. After a successful loan spell with Birmingham alongside Seb Larsson in the 2006/07 campaign, Bendtner returned to the Emirates Stadium in Wenger's first team set-up. Three seasons of involvement passed before the temperamental striker fell out of favour, and he joined Sunderland on loan in 2011/12. They didn't sign him, though, and despite Arsenal's best efforts to get rid with a succession of aborted trasfers, he joined Juventus in a largely pointless spell in 2012/13. Despite vowing never to play for the club again he hung around as the Gunners' second-choice striker until summer 2014, when he joined Wolfsburg.

Fabrice Muamba: Born in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), Muamba's father had to leave the country because of his political views. After moving to London in 1994, Muamba Jr. joined him at the age of 11. Despite being unable to speak a word of English when he arrived, the domineering-midfielder-to-be achieved 10 GCSEs and three A levels. Taken on at Arsenal as a schoolboy, Muamba made two League Cup appearances in his time at the club, but with Patrick Vieria ahead in the pecking order he moved to Birmingham City in 2006. Later at Bolton, in 2012, he suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup clash at Tottenham, his heart having stopped for 78 minutes. To great relief Muamba made a full recovery, but was advised not to play professional football again. Now enjoying media work and ambassadorial roles.

Anthony Stokes: Adopted by his aunt and uncle Joan and John Stokes at three years old, Stokes played for the Shelbourne youth team before appearing on Arsenal's long-standing Irish scouting radar in 2003. Made his debut for the reserves at the tender age of 15. A successful loan spell with Falkirk in 2006, where he scored 14 goals in 16 SPL games, saw him sign for Sunderland in a £2 million deal. After struggling with only three goals in 36 appearances for the Black Cats he moved north of the border once more when Hibernian signed him for £500k. Celtic paid £1.2 million for him in 2011 on the back of 22 goals in his only season in Edinburgh.