London duo and City into quarters

Arsene Wenger's young Gunners dazzled in the English League Cup once again as Arsenal reached the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Liverpool, while Chelsea and Manchester City both romped through on Wednesday 28 October.

Spanish teenager Fran Merida, yet another gem from the Wenger production line, announced his arrival on the big stage in impressive style when he netted his first Arsenal goal in the 19th minute - drilling in a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Emiliano Insua drew Liverpool level in the 26th minute with a blistering 25-yard volley, his first goal for the Reds, only for 21-year-old Dane Nicklas Bendtner to produce a powerful finish after 50 minutes to put Arsenal into the last eight in Wenger's 750th game in charge.

The only bright spot for Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was a brief cameo appearance from Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani, who came off the bench in the closing stages for his long-awaited debut after his pre-season move from Roma.

Chelsea cruised through with a 4-0 victory over Bolton at Stamford Bridge despite resting the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech. First-half goals from Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda put the home side in command before Deco and substitute Didier Drogba finished off Gary Megson's side after the break.

Manchester City destroyed Scunthorpe 5-1 at Eastlands, where summer signing Roque Santa Cruz scored his first goal for Mark Hughes' team. Stephen Ireland had got City's early opener but Scunthorpe hit back with a Jonathan Forte equaliser in the 26th minute.

But once Santa Cruz restored City's lead with a 38th-minute header there was only going to be one winner. Joleon Lescott increased City's lead in the 56th minute before Carlos Tevez netted after 71 minutes. Michael Johnson, on as a substitute, added City's fifth with 13 minutes remaining.