Arsenal were unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup as Sheffield Wednesday blew them away with a stunning 3-0 victory at Hillsborough.
The Gunners, who beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Everton to briefly go top of the Premier League in the last seven days, were brought back down to earth by the Championship outfit, who deservedly progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 thanks to goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson.
It means that Arsene Wenger’s wait for a first League Cup of his lengthy reign goes on and the Gunners have not won this competition since 1993, when they were victors over the Owls at Wembley.
But what may come as a bigger cost to Wenger on a damaging night is injuries suffered to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, who both went off in the opening stages of the match.
The fortunes of the two sides in those 22 years could not have been more different, but Wednesday were every inch the worthy winners and they claim a second successive Premier League scalp following a third-round victory at Newcastle.
Chelsea’s season suffered yet another turn for the worse on Tuesday night as Stoke knocked the holders out of the Capital One Cup.
The pressure on Jose Mourinho cranked up another notch at the Britannia Stadium as 10-man Stoke claimed a 5-4 win on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
Eden Hazard was the only man in the shootout who failed to convert his spot-kick, the playmaker stepping up last and seeing his effort saved by Jack Butland to increase Blues boss Mourinho’s woes.
Diego Costa was forced off injured in the first half, and they subsequently fell behind when Jonathan Walters cracked a superb 52nd-minute effort in off the bar.
The Blues snatched a leveller in stoppage time through substitute Loic Remy, moments before Phil Bardsley’s sending off gave them a man advantage.
Everton reached the Capital One Cup quarter-finals after keeping their cool in the penalty shoot-out to advance past Norwich at Goodison Park.
Sebastien Bassong’s first goal since December 2012 had given Norwich a 51st-minute lead that was cancelled out by Everton captain Leon Osman’s equaliser 17 minutes later.
The two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes in a 1-1 draw, but the Toffees converted all four of their penalties while Joel Robles saved from Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond shot over when needing to score as Everton progressed 4-3.
Hull City beat Premier League high-fliers Leicester on penalties to make the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
The Tigers needed a shoot-out to see off Accrington at the first hurdle and 11 weeks on Steve Bruce’s men stepped up to the spot once again to keep their run in the competition going.
Back-up goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was the hero, denying Riyad Mahrez – whose extra-time goal had been cancelled out by Abel Hernandez – and leaving David Meyler to strike home the decisive spot-kick against a much-changed Leicester.
Everton 1 – 1 Norwich City (Pen 4-3)
Hull City 1 – 1 Leicester City (Pen 5-4)
Sheffield Wednesday 3 – 0 Arsenal
Stoke City 1 – 1 Chelsea (Pen 5-4)