CARLING CUP LIVE: Arsenal 1 Wigan 0 and West Ham 4 Manchester United 0 - follow all the action as it happens

It's an all Premier League affair in the Carling Cup in this evening's two quarter-finals. High-flying Arsenal host struggling Wigan, while West Ham will look to put their own league troubles to one side when they welcome Manchester United to Upton Park. Follow all the action as it happens with Sportsmail with kick-off at 7.45pm. Email me your thoughts on tonights action at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk

 

Carling Cup (7.45pm)

Arsenal 2-0 Wigan FT

West Ham 4-0 Manchester United FT

21.49: So it's the London sides Arsenal and West Ham that progress to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, but who will join them?

Find out tomorrow when in the second city derby, Birmingham face Aston Villa and the last team remaining outside the Premier League Ipswich welcome West Bromwich Albion to Portman Road.

In addition their is also Europa League action as Manchester City host Red Bull Salzburg, but for now that is all from me, thank you for following Sportsmail coverage and don't forget to check back for our coverage of the Europa League and Carling Cup tomorrow.

21.46: But it's Arsenal who are now red hot favourites to end their trophy drought after outclassing a very lacklustre Wigan side that are almost too shy to create any attacking opportunities let alone scoring.

Roberto Martinez has got them passing well enough but sooner or later he is going to have to drop the bombshell in that dressing room that it's goals that win games.

21.43: What a performance from West Ham, after a convincing win over Wigan on Saturday they have produced arguably their best performance of the season to knock out unbeaten Manchester United.

In terms of how their season can go from here they have a superb opportunity to build on some new found confidence.

21.41: Full-time: Arsenal 2-0 Wigan

21.40: That must be the closest Wigan have come all game, as N'Zogbia rifles a shot that whistles just past the post. In truth they have not gave Arsenal stopper Szczesny anything to do, very poor in attack this evening.

21.39: Full-time: West Ham 4-0 Manchester United

21.38: Late pressure from United as they look for a consolation but West Ham will be desperate to hold on to a clean sheet to complete a massive victory for the club.

21.36: Three minutes injury time at Upton Park.

21.35: Into stoppage time at the Emirates where Samir Nasri sees his effort after going round the keeper saved off the line.

21.34: THIS is the final sub of the season as as Junior Stanislas replaces Carlton Cole who gets a loud reception as you expect from the West Ham fans.

That comes moments after Obinna's free-kick from near the by line out on the left flies just wide across goal.

21.33: Snow has eased at east London and seems to have made its way north as flakes start to settle at the Emirates. Both games just going through the motions now.

21.31: Some incentive for West Ham, InfoStradaLive inform us that This could become Manchester United's biggest Carling Cup defeat since losing 4-0 to Arsenal in Nov 2001.

21.30: Close to a consolation for United, a chipped free-kick in the box is headed just wide by Javier Hernandez.

21.29: Final sub of the evening as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Bendtner.

21.27: His hand has been forced further though as Mauro Boselli goes down injured. Jordi Gomez becomes Wigan's last throw of the dice by default.

21.25: Time to go for broke for Wigan as striker Callum McManaman replaces Ronnie Stam, no worries about goal difference in a cup competition. I'm surprised Roberto Martinez hasn't gone 2-3-5 to be honest.

21.23: Big change at West Ham, Zavon Hines makes his first appearance of the season as he comes on for Pablo Barrera. Party time at Upton Park.

21.22: Close to three at the Emirates, as Denilson feeds in Walcott who after opening his body up fires just wide of the near post.

21.19: While Winston Reid is on for Tomkins, unlike Evans he has had a solid game at the back.

21.18: Speaking of subs, Evans' nightmare is over as Wes Brown replaces him.

21.16: Double sub from Wenger. Craig Eastmond replaces Van Persie while Samir Nasri is on for Jack Wilshere.

I honestly cannot tell you why Arsene Wenger feels the need to bring on Nasri.

21.13: GOAL! WEST HAM 4-0 Manchester United

Fergie looks stunned, the players look stunned I'm stunned. West Ham look like scoring with every attack!

Rafael who has come on for his brother Fabio lets Obinna whip in (another) cross to Carlton Cole who after controlling it makes Evans look like a complete ametuer by turning around him and firing low past Kuszczak. Hammers fans are going nuts.

Slide for the semis: Bendtner puts Arsenal into a two goal lead

Slide for the semis: Bendtner puts Arsenal into a two goal lead

21.11: GOAL! ARSENAL 2-0 Wigan

But at two it's game over. Vela who has not had his best game does produce a fine ball for Nicklas Bendtner to slide in and give the Gunners some breathing space.

21.09: It's quietened down again at the Emirates, while it's still 1-0 Wigan are well in this.

21.06: Snow is falling down at Upton Park, hope it does not settle and end up getting this called off. Can barely see the players!

Dreamland: West Ham players celebrate with goalscorer Carlton Cole (9) after the striker puts West ham 3-0 up against Manchester United

Dreamland: West Ham players celebrate with goalscorer Carlton Cole (9) after the striker puts West ham 3-0 up against Manchester United

21.03: GOAL! WEST HAM 3-0 Manchester United

Where has this West Ham side been this season? Their first real attack this half sees Obinna cross from the left byline and Carlton Cole steal in six yards out to beat Jonny Evans to the ball where he headers past Kuszczak. Hammers surely heading for the semi-finals.

Red head: Ferguson watched his side fall behind

Red head: Ferguson watched his side fall behind

21.01: Much better from the Emirates, Arsenal looking much more dangerous in attack but Wigan showing their own attacking intent to try and get back in this.

20.57: Massive let-off for Robert Green, his drop-kick clearance cannons off Macheda's back but luckily for him his defence is alert enough to stop the away side from making anything of it.

Would have been on to lineup next to his South Africa gaff on the mantelpiece.

20.56: West Ham have to deal with some early pressure themselves as Man Utd look to get a goal that gets them back into this, and how often do we see them succeed?

20.53: Better news is he seems ok, Wigan look a bit more up for it this half as they force the early pressure.

20.52: Sadly for Gunners fans a familiar sight for you, Van Persie is down and looks quite hurt, looks like a head injury though so he may just be out for the count for a couple of minutes or so.

20.50: Changes for Manchester United, Federico Macheda replaces Bebe for the second-half.

20.41: There is not too much going on at the Emirates though, very scrappy game and it's a bit of an eye-sore, very unusual for a Gunners game, with four attacking players in the starting XI.

20.37: Fergie looked as red as his hat when he went off at half-time, he will be fuming at the defending for both the goals. West ham have one foot in the semi-final, bet they wish they could play Carling Cup games every week.

20.35: Half-time: Arsenal 1-0 Wigan
Half-time: West Ham 2-0 Manchester United

20.34: Nothing came of it but we are in the fifth minute of added time...where has this come from?

20.33: Into the fourth minute of added time at the Emirates and Wigan have a corner.

Wrong end: Alcaraz connects with a header that ends up flying past his own keeper to give Arsenal the lead

Wrong end: Alcaraz connects with a header that ends up flying past his own keeper to give Arsenal the lead

20.30: Mexico and snow just don't go, van Persie once again plays vela through but this time he falls over before he can even get his shot away, just as well his side are winning.

Three minutes of injury time in both games.

20.27: Victor Moses was replaced by Charles N'zogbia so Wigan are not just playing with 10 men.

Meanwhile Obinna goes close to making it three when his low shot outside the box is well palmed away by Kuszczak.

20.26: GOAL! ARSENAL 1-0 Wigan

Just a couple of minutes before half-time and a Theo Walcott corner is headed into his own goal by Antolin Alcaraz. To be fair the home side have started to up the ante and that was coming.

Double trouble: Spector was on red alert to double West Ham's lead

Double trouble: Spector was on red alert to double West Ham's lead

20.24: GOAL! WEST HAM 2-0 Manchester United

A good night to haunt your old clubs and a bad night for football studs. Fabio da Silva attempts to clear a loose ball but he completely loses his standing foot allowing Jonathan Spector to steal in and fires past Kuszczak.

20.23: Trouble for Victor Moses, he has gone down hurt which at first looked like simulation but judging by the fact he is now off the pitch suggest otherwise. Big blow this for Wigan.

20.22: More West Ham pressure. Obinna sends in a free-kick from the right but this time the ball to the near post is headed well wide by James Tomkins.

20.20: Wigan will be delighted with how things have gone so far, Arsenal are not exactly peppering their goal and although the Latics have been a bit rough in the tackle a couple of times have produced a performance that will at least please Roberto Martinez.

20.15: Never thought I would write this sentence but so far Arsenal have been most dangerous from set-pieces.

They win another on the touchline near the penalty box but van Persie's in-swinger for once fails to trouble the Latics defence who clear.

20.12: How on earth has he missed that? Robin van Persie bamboozles the Wigan defence by playing a through ball to Carlos Vela in the penalty area, but the Mexiacn with the goal at his mercy misses the target completley. Fantatstic skill from the Dutchman though.

This one counts! Jonathan Spector celebrates his opening goal with Victor Obinna against Manchester United, moments after West Ham saw a strike controversially ruled out for offside

This one counts! Jonathan Spector celebrates his opening goal with Victor Obinna against Manchester United, moments after West Ham saw a strike controversially ruled out for offside

20.08: GOAL! WEST HAM 1-0 Manchester United

No doubts over this one though! Victor Obinna from the edge of the area chips a ball to the near post where Jonathan Spector rises like a salmon to head past Tomas Kuszczak. Darren Flecther's marking is poor but take nothing away from that header.

20.06: Avram Grant is furious but looking at the replays it is actually the correct decision, very brave but correct final call from referee Mark Clattenburg. He of course involved in that Nani goal against Spurs.

20.03: GOAL! WEST HAM 1-...wait a minute it's been disallowed by a very, very late call!

Victor Obinna looks to have put West Ham ahead after his shot deflects off Jonathan Spector and nestles into the back of the net.

But the linesman puts out a very late flag, so late that Obinna has finished celebrating and the goal is chalked off.

20.01: Two games and hardly a chance to speak of. I would blame the snow but that seems to be getting the blame for everything at the moment.

Two against one: Robin Van Persie (centre) is closed down by James McCarthur and Maynor Figueroa

Two against one: Robin Van Persie (centre) is closed down by James McCarthur and Maynor Figueroa

19.59: Remember that attacking West ham start? Forget it, it's all Manchester United with the possession but they have not gone as close since that Obertan chance.

19.56: No Arsenal siege as yet, Wigan have settled after a nervy start and are holding their own, how long will that last.

19.52: Manchester United will not go closer this evening without scoring. Bebe and Anderson are linking up well in these early stages.

But its John O'Shea who nearly provides an assist when he picks up on a poor clearance to square the ball for Gabriel Obertan in the penalty box whose shot low across goal cannons off the post. Very unlucky.

19.50: West Ham much more the attacking side in these early stages, Manchester United are sitting quite deep and inviting the hosts to play.

19.48: Wigan fans hid  behind the sofa, Arsenal should be one up already after Nicklas Bendtner fails to connect with a header he should do better with, defence looking extremely nervous.

19.46: And also at Upton Park.

'Arsenal will give Wigan A thorough Beating. 5-1 While Man U may draw at West Ham. It will be a fantastic night for the Gunners as Wenger Vows to win any cup.'

Turgut Japeth

Bold, on the goals front I hope you are right.

19.45: Underway at the Emirates.

19.43: Manchester United make 10 changes for tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final against West Ham with only Anderson retained from the 7-1 thumping of Blackburn.

Ryan Giggs, John O'Shea and Darren Fletcher offere experience while young guns Chris Smalling, Javier Hernandez and Bebe are given a chance to impress.
West Ham midfielder Scott Parker is named on the bench, despite suffering from a chest infection.

Hammers boss Avram Grant makes six changes to the side that thumped Wigan 3-1 with Carlton Cole starting in attack.

19.41: Teams are out in London and it's snow all round. Big test of how 'up for it' the South American players are tonight.

19.39: Ryan Giggs is the captain for United this evening, amazing to think he is now 37-years-old now. Only seems like yesterday he was the young and upcoming star.

19.36: Thermals for Fergie tonight, that's all the evidence you need it's a chilly evening in east London, he thinks we are in for a great cup-tie tonight. Let's hope he is right.

19.33: Wow, I have not seen that sight in years. Avram Grant has a big cheery smile on his face as he gives an interview.

He looks like he has seen the future that shows his side winning 6-0 this evening. Wonder how long that lasts.

19.30: Speaking of past cup clashes. Paolo Di Canio's goal at Old Trafford in 2001 for the Hammers is still my first thought when I see these two teams are due to play...well it's more Fabien Barthez's ridiculous hand for offside that I remember more but you get the picture.

And who fancied West Ham that day?

19.27: But he will have to be wary. It was Wigan that denied Arsenal a place in the Carling Cup final back in 2006 after Jason Roberts scored a late crucial away goal at Highbury in extra-time.

Just thought it was worth a mention with lightning striking twice and all that.

19.24: As much as many people will say that Arsene Wenger has lined up with a 4-4-2, I am willing to predict that will develop into a 4-2-4 with Walcott and Vela on the flanks.

The Frenchman has sensed blood in this wounded Wigan side and has probably instructed his side to 'fill their boots.'

19.22: And from Upton Park:

West Ham v Man Utd
West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ben-Haim, Barrera,Kovac, Spector, Boa Morte, Cole, Obinna. Subs: Boffin, Reid, Parker, McCarthy, Stanislas, Hines, Piquionne.
Man Utd: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Smalling, Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Bebe. Subs: Amos, Brown, Park, Carrick, Rafael Da Silva, Macheda, Eikrem.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

19.20: As they lineup from the Emirates:

Arsenal v Wigan
Arsenal: Szczesny, Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Denilson, Wilshere, Vela, Bendtner, van Persie. Subs:James Shea, James Shea, Sagna, Arshavin, Eastmond, Emmanuel-Thomas, Nordtveit.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Steven Caldwell, Alcaraz, Stam, McArthur, Thomas, Watson, Figueroa, Boselli, Moses. Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, N'Zogbia, Gomez, Diame, McManaman, Mustoe.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

19.18: Robin van Persie returns to lead Arsenal in tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final against Wigan at Emirates Stadium.

The Dutchman had not started since the end of August because of an ankle problem, but joins Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela in an attacking Gunners forward line.

Emmanuel Eboue is fit after a knee problem, but captain Cesc Fabregas remains out with a hamstring injury.

Wojciech Szczesny starts in goal, with youngster James Shea preferred on the bench to the fit-again Manuel Almunia.

Wigan - beaten at West Ham on Saturday - welcome back captain Antolin Alcaraz from suspension, but on-loan Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley is unavailable.

19.15: With all this talk about where a certain World Cup is going in 2018 it's easy to take your eye off the fact it's Carling Cup quarter-final week.

As far as all-Premier League ties are concerned they do not come that much more mis-matched in terms of form, and you could be forgiven for thinking tonight's fixtures are foregone conclusions.

Holders Manchester United have not lost in this competition since 2007, while Arsenal's Under-fives should be overwhelming favourites against a Wigan side in a spot of bother.

But West Ham are back in the ascendancy after their impressive win at the weekend while the Emirates hasn't quite been a fortress of late with Newcastle, West Brom and Spurs all victorious against the odds.

Moral of the story? You just never know in football. Team news on the way.

Super-sub: Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score a late winner in the last round for Manchester United

Super-sub: Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score a late winner in the last round for Manchester United

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