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Carling Cup: Arsenal and United through

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jay Simpson scored twice as Arsenal's youngsters reached the Carling Cup quarter-finals after smashing Wigan 3-0 while Manchester United also progressed to the last eight with a 1-0 win over QPR.

Arsène Wenger fielded his talented teenagers once again after demolishing Sheffield United 6-0 in the last round.

The 19-year-old Simpson opened the scoring for the young Gunners three minutes before the break after latching onto Jack Wilshere's measured pass.

A second was added in the 66th minute when Carlos Vela raced down the left wing and squared the ball to the unmarked Simpson to score again.

Vela, the 19-year-old Mexican striker who scored three in the previous round, got himself on the scoresheet four minutes later as he latched onto Johan Djourou's pass and chipped the ball over the advancing Chris Kirkland.


Manchester United's Carlos Tevez scores from the penalty spot
Manchester United's Carlos Tévez scores from the penalty spot
Photo credit: The Sun


In contrast at Old Trafford, United was packed with Premier League regular despite making eight changes from the side that lost at Arsenal at the weekend.

QPR threatened to frustrate United and Sir Alex Ferguson's side went in at the break goalless after missing chances through Carlos Tévez and Nani.

Argentina international Tévez finally broke the deadlock as he struck from the penalty spot after substitute Danny Welbeck was fouled by QPR defender Peter Ramage.

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