Arsene Wenger's League Cup debutants: what happened next for 48 young Gunners
West Brom 0-2 Arsenal: 24 Oct, 2006
Another away win for Wenger's starlets, this time at The Hawthorns courtesy of Jeremie Aliadiere's double either side of half-time.
Denilson: Born in the favelas of Sao Paolo, like many Brazilian footballers it was football saved him from poverty as his hometown side offered him a professional contract. Part of the squad that won the 2005 Copa de Libertadores and FIFA Club World Club, he moved to London looking for first-team football in a £3.4m deal. Made 96 appearances in north London before the emergence of Jack Wilshere curtailed his playing time. After a loan spell with his old side he returned to Sao Paulo for good in 2013, then headed to the UAE with Al-Wahda in the summer of 2015.
Armand Traore: An early injury to Emmanuel Adebayor paved the way for Traore's Arsenal debut after 24 minutes of this game. The future Senegal international impressed enough to start the following matches against Everton and Liverpool, both semi-final legs against Tottenham and then the final against Chelsea (which the Gunners lost 2-1). After a loan spell at Portsmouth in 2008/09 Traore returned to the Emirates as a surprise first choice with injuries to both Gael Clichy and Kieran Gibbs. It didn't last, though - the former France youth international was shipped out temporarily to Juventus before QPR snapped him up permanently in summer 2011.
Mark Randall: Just a cameo for the Milton Keynes-born yougnster here, but it would be the first in a string of appearances for Arsenal's first team. The midfielder played against Everton in the next round and earned two league appearances sandwiched in between a loan spell at Burnley, but it was his Champions League appearances against FC Twente and Porto that will really stick in the memory (for Randall, at least). It wasn't to be in the long-term, though - he later joined MK Dons and Rotherham on loan, then signed permanently for Chesterfield before leaving for Ascoli. Moved around since and is currently at Crawley Town.
Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: 25 Sep, 2007
Sheff United 0-3 Arsenal: 31 Oct, 2007
Eduardo at the double and Denilson on song as Gunners sail to a comfortable victory at Bramall Lane.
Kieran Gibbs: The converted left winger had a good run at Arsenal. Played twice in the 2007/08 cup campaign before joining Norwich on loan for a short spell at Carrow Road. A mixture of injuries, Gael Clichy and Armand Traore hampered his progress at the Emirates - yet the England man progressed to become first-choice left-back for a time, until he began to lose his spot to Nacho Monreal. Left for West Brom this summer for £6.75m after more than 200 games for the Gunners.
Henri Lansbury: The former England U21 man will always regret never really making it at Arsenal (but he did alright, even with that hair). The talent was certainly there for the creative young midfielder, but a regular stream of imported talent eventually left Lansbury in the cold at the Emirates. Played eight times for the Gunners over five seasons, wedged in between loan spells with Scunthorpe, Watford, Norwich and West Ham. But with first-team opportunities clearly limited he joined Nottingham Forest for around £1m in summer 2013. His performances there saw him become Forest captain in 2015, before he was poached by Aston Villa for £3m in January 2017.
Nacer Barazite: Born in Arnheim to a Dutch mother and Moroccan father, Barazite started his career as a youth player with NEC. Joining Arsenal in 2006, he made his debut at Bramall Lane after replacing Eduardo. He played in the next round against Blackburn at Ewood Park but dislocated his shoulder after 17 minutes and never played for Arsenal again. After loan spells at Derby and hometown team Vitesse, he signed for Austria Wien. In 2011 he top scored in the Europa League with eight goals, attracting the attention of moneybags Monaco, for whom he signed in a £4.5m deal. His time in the principality proved to be a disappointment, though, as he failed to establish himself in the team amid a string of expensive signings. Barazite is currently with Yeni Malatyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig.
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