League Cup Final: Arsenal v Birmingham City

The final for the League Cup is on the last Sunday in February and after semi-finals over the course of the last two nights, we now know that it will be Arsenal and Birmingham City who will meet at Wembley.

Both sides managed to turn round first leg deficits, Arsenal running out 3-1 winners on aggregate against Ipswich, whilst Alex McLeish’s men needed extra time to defeat West Ham United 4-3.

The Gunners last contested the final in 2007, on the day that Theo Walcott scored his first goal for the club, albeit in defeat, as a Didier Drogba double gave Chelsea a 2-1 win in a bad-tempered affair which saw three red cards.

For Birmingham it is a first final appearance for 10 years, when Trevor Francis’ side were cruelly beaten on penalties by Liverpool after a 1-1 draw.

The League Cup is the only major honour in the history of Birmingham City, victorious in 1963, but they’ll be hard-pressed to record a second win in the competition against an Arsenal side who have already dismantled them 3-0 at St. Andrews in the Premier League this season, and beaten them at the Emirates Stadium also.

Whenever these two have met in recent years there’s always been an undercurrent of bad feeling – since the horror injury suffered by Eduardo at St Andrews in 2008 – and the games are usually packed full of controversial incidents – Jack Wilshere red card and questionable Robin van Persie dive this season alone.

So it should make for an interesting game when it arrives in just over a months time.

But surely it will be Arsene Wenger’s flamboyant side who will be walking away with the trophy. Surely.


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