Carling Cup Final: Arsenal v Birmingham City - Sunday Feb 27, 2011 @ Wembley Stadium, London, England

In the run up to the Final, Arsenal defeated Ipswich and Birmingham City defeated West Ham in the semi-finals.

Arsenal played nine matches in January, In the upcoming month, Arsène Wenger’s squad face Everton in the first of four Premier League matches. They then face Barcelona in the Champions league, Birmingham City in the final of the Carling Cup and Leyton Orient in the last 16 of the FA Cup.

Arsenal v Ipswich

On Tuesday Janaury 25th Arsenal won a spot in the Carling Cup final after beating Ipswich Town 3-0 in the 2nd leg of the semi-finals.

The Gunners trailed their Championship opponents 1-0 after the first leg and it took them 61 minutes to come from behind and level things at the Emirates.

Nicklas Bendtner got the goal which cancelled out Tamas Priskin's strike from the first leg. Three minutes later, Arsene Wenger's side were ahead.

Laurent Koscielny scored his second goal in English football since arriving from Lorient this season.

Cesc Fabregas gave Arsenal the victory, as he scored his eighth goal of the season.

On Wednesday January 12th, Ipswich Town had recorded a historic win over Arsenal in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Portman Road. The Tractor Boys bounced back from their 7-0 drubbing by Chelsea, and beat Arsene Wenger's side 1-0.

Birmingham City v West Ham

In the run up to the Carling Cup Final at Wembley, Birmingham City won a second leg extra-time victory over West Ham United that gave them a 4-3 aggregate win.

Craig Gardner scored the winning goal for Birmingham in the first period of extra-time.

West Ham's Carlton Cole gave them the lead, and a two-goal advantage in the tie, when he curled in a spectacular 25-yard shot at 31 minutes.

The Blues hit back with a stunning strike from Lee Bowyer.

With eleven minutes to go Roger Johnson headed home from a Bowyer corner to put the sides level on aggregate and take the tie to extra-time.

And Gardner gave his team the victory in overtime.

The Carling Cup is one of the most exciting football cups in the UK. Since 2008, the Carling Cup final takes place at the Wembley Stadium in London. The current Carling Cup champions are Manchester United, having beaten Aston Villa 2-1 in the 2009-2010 Final at Wembley.

Carling Cup Final: Arsenal v Birmingham City Tickets - Sunday Feb 27, 2010-11

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