West Brom 0 Arsenal 2

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Arsenal were made to work hard by West Bromwich Albion before sealing their place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

The Gunners, fielding a relatively strong line-up, were given a rough ride by their Division One opponents but managed to grab a 2-0 win.

It could have been a different outcome if referee Matt Messias had awarded any of the three decent penalty shouts the Baggies had in the first 45 minutes.

They also had a goal ruled out incorrectly for offside when James O'Connor headed home a cross from Neil Clement.

However, it was the Premiership leaders who took the lead after 24 minutes when Kanu stabbed home a rebound from his original header.

The game was delayed during the interval when one of the referee's assitants was ruled out with a hamstring strain and Premiership referee Dermot Gallagher had to come out of the crowd to take over the fourth official duties.

West Brom piled on the pressure in the second half, but it was Arsenal that grabbed the second goal of the game.

Thomas Gaardsoe played back a loose pass to Russell Hoult and the keeper could only poke it straight out to forward Jeremie Aliadiere who tapped it into an unguarded net on 57 minutes.

The second goal took the wind out of the home side and the closest they came to finding the net was when Scott Dobie's strike rattled the bar in the final five minutes.

Arsenal comfortably saw out the last half hour to seal their passage into the next round and therefore knocking out the final representatives from the Nationwide League.