13 Nov 2008

Arsenal teenagers too good for Wigan

7:32 am on 13 November 2008

Arsenal's remarkable band of youngsters have delivered another breathtaking performance, crushing Wigan 3-0 in the Carling League Cup fourth round.

Jay Simpson's first two goals for the north Londoners and a jaw-dropping third from Carlos Vela ensured Arsene Wenger's side cruised into the quarter-finals and left Wigan nursing severely bruised egos.

It was no surprise to see Wenger treat this tie as a sort of after-hours kindergarten - the Frenchman has been using the League Cup to blood his young players since his appointment in north London in 1996.

Even so, it was still startling to witness a side with an average age of just 19 outclass a Wigan team which showed just one change from their last Premier League game against Stoke.

And Carlos Tevez struck from the penalty spot in the 75th minute as Manchester United edged into the Carling Cup quarter finals with a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

There were also wins for Derby, Stoke and Watford.