29 Oct 2010

Arsenal thump Newcastle

11:07 am on 29 October 2010

The England winger Theo Walcott scored twice as Arsenal cruised into the quarter-finals of the English football League Cup with a 4-0 win over Newcastle at St James Park.

Walcott's brace, an own goal from Newcastle reserve keeper Tim Krul and a Nicklas Bendtner strike settled the tie for Arsene Wenger's men, riding high after last weekend's victory over Manchester City.

Both Arsenal and Newcastle made nine changes from the teams which scored impressive away victories in the Premier League last weekend.

At Upton Park, West Ham came from behind to defeat Stoke 3-1 in extra time after trailing for most of the match. All Whites defender Winston Reid stayed on the bench for the Hammers.

There was more extra-time drama at Villa Park, where Aston Villa overcame spirited resistance from Championship side Burnley to win 2-1.

Birmingham, Manchester United, Ipswich, West Brom and Wigan have already won through to the last eight.

The quarter-final draw takes place this weekend.