Arsenal’s Joe Willock (right) is congratulated on scoring the winning penalty
Joe Willock secured Arsenal’s first win over Liverpool at Anfield since 2012 with the winning penalty in a shoot-out after a goalless 90 minutes to put them into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
The hosts paid the price for not making the most of their dominance in normal time, having out-shot their opponents 16 to six.
Divock Origi and Harry Wilson, in sudden death, both saw efforts saved and with only Mohamed Elneny failing for Arsenal it was left to Willock to secure a 5-4 victory with the decisive kick, which Adrian got a hand to but could not keep out.
Unusually for matches between these two sides – the last nine Anfield meetings in all competitions have brought 48 goals – it was the goalkeepers who took centre-stage even before the shoot-out.
Sam Vokes sent Stoke into the quarter-finals after an impressive 1-0 win at Aston Villa.
The striker’s first-half header clinched a second Premier League scalp for the Sky Bet Championship side after their victory at Wolves last month.
Henri Lansbury and Keinan Davis missed fine chances while Potters goalkeeper Adam Davies denied Ollie Watkins as Villa bowed out.
Said Benrahma gave his Premier League suitors a nudge as Brentford gained some revenge for their play-off final defeat with a 3-0 victory over Fulham.
Benrahma, the star of Brentford’s promotion bid last season, scored twice as the Bees reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
The Algerian midfielder has been linked with a host of top-flight clubs but, with an anticipated move yet to materialise he was given his first start of this season, and he took his chance in style.
What Brentford would have given for a performance like this two months ago, when they were pipped to promotion by their west London rivals in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
On this evidence Brentford may well have been the better equipped to make a decent fist of the Premier League.
Defeat meant more misery for Fulham boss Scott Parker, whose side have lost all three matches upon their return to the top flight.