Jan 25

Arsenal reach Carling Cup Final

Arsenal booked their place in the Carling Cup final after scoring three second half goals against a determined Ipswich side at Emirates Stadium.

The Tractor Boys led 1-0 from the first leg, and held on for a little over an hour, but two goals in three minutes turned the game Arsenal’s way.

Goals in quick succession from Nicklas Bendtner and Laurent Koscielny, though, turned the tie Arsenal’s way. Cesc Fabregas added a third.

Arsenal’s Starting XI & Subs

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Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy
Fabregas – Denilson – Wilshere
Bendtner – van Persie – Arshavin

Subs: Shea, Gibbs, Eboue, Song, Nasri, Walcott, Chamakh.

Fabregas had riled Ipswich before the game by dismissing them as a ‘rugby team’, leading their fans to sing the England rugby song ‘Swing Low Sweet chariot’ as Arsenal struggled to break them down in the first half.

Robin van Persie headed against the bar on the half-hour, and Fabregas skewed a shot wide from a good position a few minutes later, but Ipswich, defending diligently held on to their advantage until half-time.

The deadlock was finally broken 16 minutes into the second half, Bendtner cutting in from the left with an extravagant piece of skill, then curling a finish inside the far post.

Three minutes later Arsenal had a second, Andrey Arshavin crossing for Koscielny to head home.

It was the Russian, out of sorts for much of this season, who laid on the third as well, latching on to Denilson’s long pass and crossing for Fabregas to score.

Arsenal will face the winners of Wednesday’s semi-final between Birmingham City and West Ham United in the final. West Ham lead 2-1 from the first leg.

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6 Responses to “Arsenal reach Carling Cup Final”

  1. elkieno says:

    hmmm I think that 3rd goal came from a counter attack from deep in our half. I think denilson passing to Cesc, Cesc short pass to Arshavin, Arshavin ran to edge of box then short pass to el Capitan to finish it by nutmeg keeper, brilliant goal summing up ARSENAL…. and its my birthday the best present i will get today, oh and its aussie day and hot!!!
    one more game (final) at end of Feb? can put that away now and concentrate on league and catching utd…

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  2. ADEWALE says:

    I THANK U ALL 4 MAKING MY DAY, THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE, THANKS ONCE AGAIN 1 LOVE TO ALL GUNNERS FANS STAFFS PLAYERS ND EVERYBODY…..

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  3. Marty Price says:

    Watched on Satelite, outdoors bar, 70 degree weather. Ipshwich played their hearts out today, and deserve credit. The Gunners win just topped a sunny day by the bay…hella cool!

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  4. jason says:

    God, thank You!

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  5. Kevin says:

    At the moment it looks like we will play West Ham much prefer to play them then those thugs Birmingham.

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  6. Ibam Halem says:

    This is the best day of my life. The first time we’ve reached a major final since I started supporting the Gunners. This is our trophy for sure and hopefully Cech,Nasri and RVP will all stay for a long long time as we are no longer without a tropy. Come on Wembley here comes the Gooners to get our trophy

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