Nasri spot on as Gunners conquer Lane

Penalty controversy as Spurs are crushed 4-1 in extra time, while Everton crash out of cup after shoot-out drama against Brentford

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, watched from the stands as his side thumped bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at White Hart Lane on a dramatic evening in the Carling Cup third round.

Wenger, who was serving a one-game FA ban for improper conduct, picked a strong side in the competition he normally leaves to the club's emerging talent, and they were too much for Tottenham, who took the game into extra time but were overwhelmed as tiredness took hold.

The key moment of the night however was highly controversial as Arsenal's Samir Nasri appeared to dive under a challenge from Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong to win a penalty that the Arsenal player converted to put his side 2-1 ahead.

Bassong accused Nasri of diving. He said: "I did not touch him, I did not grab him. I have seen the video and from my point of view it was not a penalty. I touched his chest but I did not grab him. He went down too easily."

The biggest shock of the night was at Griffin Park where David Moyes was involved in a confrontation on the pitch with an Everton supporter after his team lost on penalties to League One Brentford. The Premier League side led after four minutes through Seamus Coleman but were pegged back shortly before the interval by Gary Alexander. Charlie MacDonald had the chance to give Brentford the lead from the penalty spot in normal time but scored in the shoot-out which Brentford, with four flawless penalties, won 4-3. Jermaine Beckford's kick was saved by Richard Lee and Phil Jagielka hit the post.

Everton are yet to win in the Premier League and Moyes admitted: "I'm concerned, as any manager would be in this position. We wanted to have more points on the board and we did not want to be knocked out of the cup. I changed things this season after the way we started last the two seasons. I have a job on. This is where I have to manage. I take responsibility."

He added of the confrontation: "One supporter threw a bottle into the crowd. I said to him, 'I saw what you did. I saw your face'. I wanted to grab him, but I guess that would only have inflamed the situation. If the police want my help to identify the guy I'd be delighted to do so."

Brentford manager Andy Scott said it was the biggest win of his managerial career. He added: "Now we want another big club, at home, and this time on television."

Other third-round ties saw the Premier League's bottom club West Ham United win 2-1 at Sunderland, Championship side Burnley beat Premier League Bolton 1-0 in the Lancashire derby, and Stoke City beat Fulham 2-0.

Arsenal's joy at beating Tottenham was tempered by concerns that Kieran Gibbs may have broken his bone in his foot. The recently-capped England international broke a metatarsal last season and he will be scanned today to determine whether he has a repeat of the same injury.

Wenger said: "It is a metatarsal again, it is the one next to the one he had broken, the second one, so we hope we have good news tomorrow morning, because that would be a massive blow to us."

The news comes after it was revealed Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will be out for three weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained at the weekend in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland, making him doubtful for the Gunners' encounter with Premier League leaders Chelsea on 3 October.

Wenger said he enjoyed watching Arsenal's passing game from the stands, after accepting a charge of improper conduct concerning his behaviour at the end of Saturday's match at Sunderland.

He said. "I accepted the FA charge because what I was charged with, I did. I could not deny it. I could appeal so thought it was better to get it behind me. It was quite enjoyable to watch it from upstairs. Communication was a problem sometimes but overall it went well."

Wenger added that he might be taking the Carling Cup seriously this season. "If everybody is fit we can go far in this competition," he said. "We got a few reproaches that we didn't take the competition seriously. You have momentum going and it's important not to interrupt it."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admitted his team were out on their feet in extra time. "I looked at my players and four of them were cramped up," he said. "I knew I was in trouble. People kept saying we had to take him off or him off, but I only had one sub. It was going to be difficult."

Voices
There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
charity appealTime is running out to secure your favourite lot as our auction closes at 2pm tomorrow
Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special
tv
News
Claudia Winkleman and co-host Tess Daly at the Strictly Come Dancing final
people
Arts and Entertainment
Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing
tvReview: 'Absolutely phenomenal' Xtra Factor presenter wins Strictly Come Dancing final
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Apprentice finalists Mark Wright and Bianca Miller
tvBut who should win The Apprentice?
News
news
Extras
indybest
News
Elton John and David Furnish will marry on 21 December 2014
peopleSinger posts pictures of nuptials throughout the day
Sport
Brendan Rodgers looks on from the touchline
SPORT
Life and Style
A still from the 1939 film version of Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'
life
Arts and Entertainment
J Jefferson Farjeon at home in 1953
booksBooksellers say readers are turning away from modern thrillers and back to golden age of crime writing
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick