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Havertz hat-trick as Chelsea cruise while Arsenal see off the Foxes

EFL Cup 3rd rd round-up


Chelsea's Kai Havertz

Chelsea's Kai Havertz

Chelsea's Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz's hat-trick spearheaded Chelsea's 6-0 League Cup hammering of Barnsley as Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell enjoyed promising Blues debuts.

Germany playmaker Havertz bagged his first Chelsea goals, relishing a more central role as Frank Lampard's men overpowered their Championship opponents.

Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud also found the net in a dominant Chelsea display at Stamford Bridge.

Toni Rudiger's omission for Chelsea's squad for the second match in a row left the Germany defender eyeing a loan exit before the October 5 transfer deadline.

Silva's arrival could push Rudiger down the pecking order in west London, with the Brazil stalwart adding immediate organisation in an authoritative hour's work.

Fikayo Tomori's return to the first team fold could compound Rudiger's situation, and the 27-year-old could now seek a move during this window.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was left wishing he had been rested for the 5-2 win at League One side Fleetwood after two errors of judgement made for an awkward night.

The visitors were coasting at half-time through two Richarlison goals only for England's number one to blunder three minutes after the restart.

Pickford, one of five players retained from Saturday's victory over West Brom, dithered over a clearance virtually under his own crossbar and it was charged down to allow substitute Mark Duffy a free shot.

Alex Iwobi looked to have rescued his team-mate with a goal less than two minutes later only for more indecision from Pickford, who sat out the previous round last week to allow Joao Virginia to make his debut, to lead to another goal.

Having started to come for Glenn Whelan's far-post cross he changed his mind and, when Ched Evans returned the ball, Pickford got a hand to Callum Camps' overhead kick which was straight at him but could not keep it out.

It made for an uncomfortable final half-hour even after Bernard fired home a fourth and substitute Moise Kean scored with Everton's last kick of the night.

Arsenal set up a potential fourth-round clash with Liverpool after seeing off Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

A Christian Fuchs own goal and a last-gasp Eddie Nketiah tap-in saw the visitors secure a 2-0 victory - leaving them with a trip to either Lincoln or Liverpool next week.

This was the only third-round clash between two Premier League sides but neither really resembled their strongest XI with both Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang given the night off.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made seven changes as weekend match-winner Nketiah was recalled alongside the likes of David Luiz, Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe.

Despite the rotation, there was no room in the matchday squad for either Mesut Ozil or Matteo Guendouzi - who are yet to kick a ball for the Gunners this season.

Newcastle thrashed 10-man Morecambe to ease into the fourth round.

The Premier League side outclassed their League Two opponents scoring five times before the break, for the first time since 1993.

Joelinton scored twice, with Miguel Almiron, Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles and a Sam Lavelle own goal adding to the tally.

The hosts were 4-0 down when Toumani Diagouraga was sent off.

Newcastle travel to League Two Newport in the fourth round.

All ties are due to take place in the week commencing 28 September.