Manchester City ran out 3-0 winners against West Ham on the night and 9-0 on aggregate to progress to the League Cup final.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce still believes in the magic of the FA Cup - but his side's current league form means a third-round trip to face Nottingham Forest
Fulham moved out of the bottom three as they came from a goal down to beat 10-man West Ham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
Fulham climbed out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three after goals from Steven Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov fired them to victory over West Ham.
Three goals in four second-half minutes meant Barclays Premier League strugglers West Ham and West Brom had to settle for a share of the spoils from a 3-3 draw
Theo Walcott's brace and a strike from the returning Lukas Podolski saw Arsenal make the ideal start to a pivotal festive period with a 3-1 win at West Ham.
Theo Walcott's brace and a strike from the returning Lukas Podolski saw Arsenal make the ideal start to a pivotal festive period at West Ham.
Veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen cannot hold off Spanish rival Adrian forever at West Ham, according to boss Sam Allardyce.
Kevin Nolan returns from suspension for the Boxing Day home clash with Arsenal, while manager Sam Allardyce will continue to select defender James Tomkins
West Ham United are in talks about bringing in a new striker to bolster their misfiring forward line.
Jozy Altidore missed the only big chance of a frantic 0-0 draw at Upton Park, as West Ham United and Sunderland fought to move clear of the relegation places.
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