Unai Emery says he was proud of the way the younger members of his Arsenal squad played in the FA Cup third round victory over Blackpool.
A brace from 19-year-old midfielder Joe Willock eased the Gunners to a two-goal advantage at the break and Alex Iwobi rounded off a solid performance with a late third.
The win might have been even more comprehensive had Eddie Nketiah not missed a hat-trick of great chances in the first half.
Despite failing to find the back of the net, the boss was encouraged by the performance of the England under-21 international.
“I am very happy with Willock and also with Eddie,” he told his post-game press conference.
“Eddie had three good chances to score, but the most important is to create these chances. Willock scored and I think it’s good for them and for us.”
He added: “We need every player with the commitment. And with the preparation, when the team needs it, they can help us. The opportunity is coming in some matches like today for example.
“We mixed the experienced players in the squad and in the first 11 with some young players like Willock, like Eddie Nketiah and also Ainsley and I think it’s a good combination, because they can show us they are progressing with the team.
“The most important is with the passions, they work hard and be concentrated when they need to help again today.”
The late introduction of Bukayo Saka and Zech Medley meant that a total of four teenagers got game time at Bloomfield Road. Two more, Matteo Guendouzi and Emile Smith Rowe, were on the bench.
While the quartet who played have plenty of work to do if they are to convince the manager that they have a long-term future at the club, it certainly reflects well on the academy that so many youngsters are being given the responsibility of wearing the first team shirt.