Arsenal under-21s kicked off their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a 3-0 win over League One side Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.
Freddie Ljungberg’s youngsters got off to the perfect start when 18-year-old Emile Rowe Smith, who made such an impact on the first team’s pre-season tour of Singapore, opened the scoring on four minutes.
Eddie Nketiah took advantage of a defensive mix-up to double Arsenal’s lead with 12 minutes remaining and Joe Willock rounded off the scoring late on.
The Checkatrade Trophy features all League One and League Two clubs, as well as 16 Premier League and Championship ‘B’ teams.
The Gunners will next travel to Cheltenham Town on 30 October before rounding off their group stage fixtures with a trip to Forest Green Rovers on 7 November.
Arsenal XI: Dejan Iliev (GK), Tolaji Bola, Julio Pleguezuelo (C) (88’), Zech Medley, Joseph Olowu (45’), Charlie Gilmour, Joe Willock, James Olayinka, Robbie Burton (72’), Emile Smith-Rowe, Tyreece John-Jules.
Subs: Arthur Okonwo (GK), Tobi Omole (45’), Dominic Thompson, Trae Coyle, Gedion Zelalem, Bukayo Saka (87’), Eddie Nketiah (72’).