Jerome Thomas is just one name on the lengthy list of prodigious talents who put their Arsenal education to good use.
Thomas made only one senior appearance under Arsene Wenger - starting the 1-1 draw with Rotherham in 2003 - but his career went from strength to strength after his departure.
2001 - 2004
3 (1 starts, 2 as a sub)
Breaking into the Arsenal side was always a tall order with the likes of Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg in their prime, so Thomas left for Charlton Athletic on a permanent deal following two separate loan spells with QPR.
Thomas made a name for himself with West Brom, helping the Baggies to promotion in the 2009/10 campaign before scoring against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in Albion’s shock 3-2 victory in September 2010.