Arsenal have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup after defeating Liverpool 2-1.
There was plenty of attacking endeavour on show and the packed stands were treated to three top-class goals. Fran Merida netted his first goal in Arsenal colours on 19 minutes, but his excellent strike was cancelled out by an equalling good finish from Emiliano Insua six minutes later.
Nicklas Bendtner restored Arsenal’s advantage five minutes into the second half and the Gunners held on for victory.
Liverpool fans got their first sight of Alberto Aquilani and his 15-minute cameo was filled with promise, while Arsenal will have been buoyed by the sight of Samir Nasri playing 90 minutes for the first time since breaking his leg in the summer.
Fran Merida & Insua goal: