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Defensive errors cost Arsenal again – Birmingham 2-1 Arsenal


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Obafemi Martins’ 89th-minute winner following a defensive mix-up from Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny gave Birmingham a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final on Sunday for its first trophy since 1963.

The Nigerian came off the bench with seven minutes of normal time remaining, and in the 89th minute capitalised on a calamitous mix-up in the Arsenal penalty area to tap in the goal which lands the Blues only their second ever major trophy.

Nikola Zigic had headed the Blues in front near the half-hour mark to send fans of the underdogs into raptures, only for Robin van Persie to equalise with a stunning volley 10 minutes later.

Szczesny
Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy
Wilshere – Song – Rosicky
Nasri – van Persie – Arshavin

Alex McLeish’s side spent much of the second half repelling attack after attack from the Gunners – with goalkeeper Ben Foster making a string of vital saves – before Martins was in the right place at the right time to pounce as Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny conspired to let the ball loose inside the box.

The Blues held on to win their second League Cup to add to their victory in the competition in 1963, and go some way to overcoming the heartache of their penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the final in Cardiff a decade ago.

For Arsenal, their six-year wait for a major trophy continues, and their attention must now turn to Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round replay against Leyton Orient on Wednesday and then a Champions League trip to Barcelona the following week.

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72 Comments on "Defensive errors cost Arsenal again – Birmingham 2-1 Arsenal"


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W?
4 years 11 months ago

REALLY CAN’T SLEEP VERY ANGRY AND SAD. Y PLS TELL ME Y……

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

still boys, still lack leadership, still no spine

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cesc
4 years 11 months ago

Screw it. This was their best chance to win something. Another year without a trophy. All because Wenger doesn’t believe in playing defense.

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ole
4 years 11 months ago

We have to sack wenger today, he seems to be bad at turning bad spells around, if we don`t i belive we will draw at best against sunderland, loose big to barca and utd, than the season is over. Don`t blame the players, they only play because wenger choose them. He must go today. I have repect for wenger but he has lost hid edge. I say this in tears, but sadly it is the truth.

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Angry fan
4 years 11 months ago

Wenger out. Enough is enough. Not going to say anything else.

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Goonerbosh
4 years 11 months ago

WTF are arsenal for real? Joke team. No backbone. No spine.

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Dave
4 years 11 months ago

@Ole,

That is exactly why you are you and Wenger is Wenger. It was a mistake, a costly one, but a mistake. It’s not as though we were outplayed or bullied. We played a fair game, unfortunate at the end but being a true fan, I’m behind this team 100%. Obviously, you are a mere bandwagon fan who only follows the team when they are on a good run (last 2 months). So go ahead, and bash on the team and the manager and be off to support a different team.

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4 years 11 months ago

what good is there if we choke on the big occasions?

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Not happy!!!
4 years 11 months ago

Wonder what excuse wenger will use this time

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OldGoon
4 years 11 months ago

my kid’s was in tears. absolutely devastated. Arsenal shouldn’t be about this. However we keep our chins up and support the team. Gooner till I fucking die.

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willbur
4 years 11 months ago

Wenger is a class clown, another parade for our accountants at the end of the year. How long must we suffer this fool. Man Utd and Chelsea are leaving us a long way behind now. Get him out

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Rob
4 years 11 months ago

Dave what are you on about. Got bullied at the back by zigic all game. No one in defence or midfield to sort them out. When not at our best our play is so predictable and easy to defend against. Nothing good come out of the game. Season will fall apart and no mental strength.

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4 years 11 months ago

could you see a Tony Adams doing something like that?

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ole
4 years 11 months ago

@Dave: And thats why you are you and not me nor wenger, but Dave can it get any worse, of course yhey were not outplayed, this was birmingham, jesus christ man, I support the ream but i question wenger and you bitch like a little girl. No one is bashing the team, i don`t blame the players, can`t you read?

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Danish Gooner
4 years 11 months ago

They are mentally weak.

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nannnna
4 years 11 months ago

Woooow show the real fans wen we lose to a lil mistake of a goal and ppl call for wengers head.lololol u guys dont support arsenal!!! Arsenal for life!!! The problem today was playin shitty rosicky in the middle wen nasri would of been better…..and itz time we played gibbs…forget clichy…we have prolly the best right back in the world..and the we got clichy. It should of been arshavin van persie and bendtner upfront!!! And song nasri and wilshere in the middle!!! But itz a sad day for arsenal fans….we coukdnt even beat Birmingham to just pick up a trophy=[

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J man
4 years 11 months ago

Lets all keep the faith. I am truly gutted, upset, dissapointed and let down but im sure the players are too. Lets wait till the end of the season to see if we win anything at all and if we dont the we’ll have to assess this squad to see if its good enough and see what Wengers got to say about it all.

CHINS UP MY FELLOW GOONERS OUR TIME WILL COME I PROMISE, REMEMBER WE MADE IT TO THIS FINAL WITH GRIT AND DETERMINATION. WE CAN STILL WIN THE PREM WE ALL JUST GOTTA HAVE BELIEF!!!

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Ewan
4 years 11 months ago

No leader in the team. All children.

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Danish Gooner
4 years 11 months ago

Turds need to be dropped in the summer: Rosicky,couldnt pass to the right player over 2 yards horrible inept and doing his best impersonation of a headless chicken.Chamakh,worst by Wenger,clearly not suited for the Pl,knackered in october,WHAT !!!! Eboue,filling in when turd one is injured.Denilson,worst brazilian player ever,probably all pele at copacabana but this is not the copa but the Pl.Wenger,wengerball has been found out especially when played with a snails pace.Song,giant disappointment and to slow for the PL a snail seems faster.Needed,determination,steel,drive and balls.

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dan
4 years 11 months ago

only our players let us down. dont blame wenger

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BARON VON WHINGER
4 years 11 months ago

and no interview from whinger after the match , great sportsman and loser that he is .

until he recongnises defeat you wont win anything lol

bad weekend for the french

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willbur
4 years 11 months ago

best rightbaack in the world—-for real?

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andy g
4 years 11 months ago

Think we need to pick are selfs up as we gave it away today by lack of communication….. jack wiltshire was the player for me that stood out,…. we don’t sack wenger…. the players are paid to do a job and they didn’t do it…. no passion or heart, the team needs a leader preferably a defender and spends some bloody money….

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Shelf Esteem
4 years 11 months ago

@Not happy!!!: As usual, he won’t have seen anything untoward

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M12AHP
4 years 11 months ago

Ok this was a loss from a silly mistake. BUT ALL YOU SO CALLED ARSENAL FANS (REALLY PART-TIME SUPPORTERS) MAKE THE TRUE SUPPORTERS SICK. CALLING FOR WENGERS HEAD ARE SMOKING SOME CRAZY STUFF. CALLIMG OUR SEASON AS BEING OVER TODAY…YOU FUCKING MAD!!GET BEHIND THE TEAM AND SUPPORT THEM NO MATTER.

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Nickerless Bender
4 years 11 months ago

ROSICKY. I would not piss on him if he was on fire. Absolute disgrace! I knew we wouldn’t win this poxy game!! Nose bleeds are an understatement! Lets see our season now full apart. Feck me, BIRMINGHAM!?

Now lets talk about the positives. Jack!! Thats all?

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willbur
4 years 11 months ago

Totally inept, I cant believe that we are all missing the point that we are not underachieving, we are just not good enough. No trophies again, the spuds must be roaring with laughter. Even they have a better squad than us now, whats so good about- Gibbs, koscielny, djourou, squilacci, rosicky, bendtner, chamakh, JET. We need genuine class

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Alan
4 years 11 months ago

Disappointing, but just one of those days. Birmingham defended well, and one bad error cost us. We do need a true leader to drive the team, and I do not believe we have had a great one sice Adams retired. Someone mentioned Chelski and Manure leaving us behind? Really? Chelsea are way off the pace in the EPL, out of everything except the Champions League, and need to build repaidly due to the grandpa syndrome settling in. Manure will hopefully drop points this week, and are still to come to the Emirates. The EPL is still very much up for… Read more »

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yozza66
4 years 11 months ago

Dave are you living in cloud cuckoo land….it isnt about running the team or AW down as we all want Arsenal to be successful but it’s about facts…I just heard AW on TV moaning about injuries and tiredness…Every supporter knows that injuries are part and parcel of the modern game and knew we had to buy in January to allow for this and fight on all fronts…everyone except AW that is…that is a fact and as long as the likes of you keep saying how fab we are doing but never win anything nothing will ever change!so why don’t you… Read more »

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Nickerless Bender
4 years 11 months ago

I JUST WANT A TROPHY!! I live and work in a predominate Scum area, and I am gonna get the abuse tomorrow. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

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ole
4 years 11 months ago

@nannnna: And who picked Rosicky? You bash half of the team and call yourself a true fan, read yor own post you f..l!! You are most truley the biggest LOL here!!

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nannnna
4 years 11 months ago

Wat you dont thing sagna is one of the best if not the best right back in the world?

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jeff
4 years 11 months ago

Thankfully the brazilian stayed on the bench, now just get rid of pappa smurf and give us a MIDFIELD, and we might just win somthing… four years ago I got called a lightweight fan for saying this…..UM the things that make you say …

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henry14
4 years 11 months ago

This just shows our squad is poor to many players arent good enough… No pride for the shirt only wilshere who is 19 and he was the only one with fight the rest are like robots who are just programmed to play pretty football and wen it gets tough they hide…yes we hate people like shawcross, barton, fletcher but this is the sort of player we need…absolutly gutted ruined my week but im sure few arsenal players happy to pick up the paycheck and carry as they are…shite !!!

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keith
4 years 11 months ago

Again Wenger has lost a tacticle battle it is quite clear to see that we will never ever win anything under Wenger.For me no great shock that we lost this as soon as i saw Rosicky playing.please write this down now so and i can say i was right.
By this time in two weeks we will be out of FA Cup,Premiership and champions league
WENGER AND RICE OUT OUT OUT

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IVERSEN
4 years 11 months ago

all this idiots come and talk when we loose for a mistake, who r u? sack wenger do that do that, what r u all about, fucking wankers all of you. this is an Arsenal fc site, not a fucking pussy site

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gain
4 years 11 months ago

Zigic should go and play basketball and not football…completely gutted!

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North London Gooner
4 years 11 months ago

Another tough day to be a gooner, absolutely devastated but now is not the time to be calling for heads or pointing fingers. Like many Arsenal fans i have questioned Wenger in the past and cried out for him to sign in January but he didn’t. There is nothing we can do about it so for now have your grievances but support the boys and hopefully we will see some memorable days this season and win something

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willbur
4 years 11 months ago

@nannnna: I dont really mate no, Dani alves, Ivanovic, Maicon, Miguel, sergio ramos……all proper players.Ours isn’t even in the same league

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ole
4 years 11 months ago

@gain: Yet he is twice the player of bendtner and chamack combined!

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nannnna
4 years 11 months ago

Loooooool yes he made a mistake on pickin rosicky…..but you cant tell me goals like that dont happen? Im behind my team and you cant tell me we arnt good enough to beat Birmingham city….come on now!!! Callin people fools wen the reason we lost wasnt that we weren’t good enough…but a mistake that could happen to any team!!! And ive always said clichy isn’t good enough for this team….sooo shut ur dirty mouth glory huntin prick!!!!

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golfwang
4 years 11 months ago

Wenger shouldn’t be held accountable for the cock up, I blame that on Koscielny a million ties more than Szczesny. He should have cleared it fuck what the goalie said. Our starting eleven had a decent game its just when we made our subtitutions did the game get away from us. I understand Bendtner coming on for RVP as the dutchman slowed down significantly. What pisses me off is bringing on Chamakh for Arshavin! That fucking mammoth Moroccan has no creativity whatsofuckingever. He comes on and everyone in the final third looks nervous to shoot, except Nasri. Wenger just needed… Read more »

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Marcus
4 years 11 months ago

Just a tinpot Cup really…the real stuff now starts in earnest

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goonergerry
4 years 11 months ago

Have never been confident that we can beat anyone without Fabregas. The defence was outmuscled all game- against some pretty average forwards who are just big and strong. Gooners need to stop deluding themselves-this team is way not good enough to win anything.

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WC
4 years 11 months ago

Arsene deserves every “has not won a trophy in 6 years” that he gets. He needed a goal and took off his two best players on the day. The team deserved the loss, they weren’t much better than Birmingham and the defense picked a terrible day to be mediocre.

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ole
4 years 11 months ago

@nannnna: Bitter are we? Soory lad lets not get carried away, hope we both still love the same team……. Lets not drive eachother to Spuds;)

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Tshepo
4 years 11 months ago

I was suprised when i saw Rosicky in the starting line up, im not gonna focus on the last minute mistake we conceded, we had chances to bury Birmingham. Our substitution looks too weak,chamakh?? I mean really now, Birmingham players were tired,almost like they were in a round 12 of boxing match,inexperienced and lack of maturity played a role, Koscielny could have acted much better,clear the ball and argue later,very gutted,we never finish off our opponents……..

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Nickerless Bender
4 years 11 months ago

Please don’t think I am knocking the might reds! But, is it me but only a handful of players turn up when no 4 isn’t playing? There is no drive at all. I find it pathetic, that no 19 has to push this team. How we gonna be when el capitan goes next year. I am not asking for AW’s head, but the historical mentality is to bury our heads in the sand! WE NEED DRIVE, AND ROSICKY IS NOT GONNA’ DO THAT! I would rather of given it to the Alex Macleish If I was one of the players… Read more »

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karlos
4 years 11 months ago

bad day but hardly anyone gives jack wilshere credit for being the best player in the arsenal team today, feel sorry for him.

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willbur
4 years 11 months ago

We were rubbish, we will never be the best, not even in london, long as weve got wenger rest assured we will never win anything. Chelski and Man Utd know how to win things. Im sorry but im so angry

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