Although Unai Emery opted for a number of senior players in his League Cup starting XI, it was the kids who really stole the show.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Joe Willock of Arsenal celebrates scoring a goal game during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forrest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Joe Willock of Arsenal celebrates scoring a goal game during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forrest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli grabbed his first and then second goals for Arsenal, making him the 8th Brazilian to score for the club.

Reiss Nelson got his first, Joe Willock his fifth while Rob Holding also scored on his return from injury.

The average age of Arsenal’s four goalscorers on the night was 20.25, dragged up by Holding’s ‘advanced’ age of 24.

As such, the atmosphere at the ground, as it tends to be when the kids play well, was much less repressive than it’s been for Premier League game and this was reflected back in the joy seen in many of the photographs from the game.

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