Feb 27

Defensive errors cost Arsenal again – Birmingham 2-1 Arsenal

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.

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.

Leave your thoughts on the game in the comments section below.


72 Responses to “Defensive errors cost Arsenal again – Birmingham 2-1 Arsenal”

  1. Exo says:


  2. yozza66 says:

    Nannnna…don’t know if you watched the game but we actually lost today so obviously we were NOT good enough to beat blues today and golfwang…no AW can’t be held responsible for the mistake at the end but he can be held responsible for us having frailties in both goalkeeping department and centre half department as HE bought the players!Also its no use moaning about injuries if our squad is NOT deep enough to cope!You keep believing….do you HONESTLY believe virtually every football pundit in England is wrong?even Arsenal legends?

  3. Tshepo says:

    We are all gutted and so disappointed to lose this game but lets think with our minds. Very stupid, certainly thoughtless and you such a sincere ignorant fool to be calling the manager’s head. Winning the premiership will be the biggest achievement and will write off this painful memories we have today, lets rally behind the manager and players, we have a very good chance.

  4. justagunner says:

    am a 58year old man dat cried 2day thx u Mr Winger u hv done it again thxs

  5. Chris m says:

    Hurt! Pained! Shocked! & Gutted! I have to laugh just to keep myself from cracking up. I mean how can a team so good fuckup so bad & so often!!

  6. Alan says:

    Never beat the best in London? what happened a week and a half ago? What happened the last time we played Chelski? Let’s not get overly crazy here.
    And, I agree wilshere played well over all, but he also made mistakes, and gave the ball away in some very bad situations (in the lead up to the first goal? I cannot recall as I’m trying to banish that shit from my memory).

    I do agree that Rosicky seems past his use by date. Not sure what the thoughts were there, perhaps trying to get the experience? why not take him off and leave Arshavin on? That would have been better perhaps.

  7. Alan says:

    And No, I am very happy with the keeper we have. He has all the makings of a world beater. As for Kos, I think the goals was his fault alone, but he has played some blinders lately (remember Barca?). Surely we are not going to cricify two guys for the mistake today.

  8. The_Wenger_Boyz says:

    I’m as pissed off as the next person but it boiled down to a costly error thats all(we’ve had our fair share in the past! Arsenal are the ONLY top 5 club to beat Birmingham at St Andrews this season! Which goes to show they aint no pushovers. Ben Foster was outstanding and our team had been jiggled around alot in the last 2 weeks. Yes we should of won, but it was a bad day at the office. Everyone knows Wenger should of bought a defender, but he didn’t that mistake could’ve happened to them and then what would the complainers complain about? The team needs everyone to get behind them more than ever now to get them back winning. They need a huge vocal lift against Sunderland at the Emirates……….lets give it to em!!!!!!!!!!

  9. yozza66 says:

    Tshepo…we had a VERY good chance today but came up short…it now looks like RvP is out for a while as well so who do YOU think is going to step up to the plate?did you watch the Stoke game in the week?without RvP we are toothless and too reliant on the likes of Nasri to produce who can’t do it every week….look at the impact the likes of Hernandez make for Utd n tell me you honestly expect Chamakh or Bendtner to do the same…the bottom line is our 1st 11 is a match for any team but our squad is totally inept in so many important positions!

  10. truegunner says:

    uhmmm painful, words cannot describe, because i will talk about my feeling does not make me a bad supporter or anything so all u DAT will say am a part time fan have been a fan for 28years so.3 problems to day 1. Rosicky 2. Rosicky 3. Rosicky he is just DAT bad wow terrible he alone cost us the Newcastle game and he did it 2day again i just wondered y Mr Winger played him the whole game i guess i will never understand one of our only chances of scoring was looking like it was gonna come from a Ash or Nas then what does Mr Winger do takes Ash off wow am sick ma whole body hurts but well das y they say soccer is not mathematics u have 2 show up and play.in all my 28years of been a fan since 4years ago dat Mr Winger has all dis babies am serious anytime they say Arsenal is the Favorite 2 win a game i get so so scared look @ the game against barca no1 gave us a chance look @ wht we did.Anyways life goes on i still believe we will win something but all my believe will be stronger if Arsenal plays their next game and show up so all u gunner out there trust me u not alone with the pain,am looking @ ma son c how he is crying wow PAINFUL

  11. jhnhgs75 says:

    shit happens, get over it…

    it’s only a game, and should stay that way…

  12. robert says:

    this is an embrassment to arsenal fc.

  13. Fred Jay says:

    Rosicky,Bendtner, Chamack won’t win Arsenal trophies no doubt. Neither will Diaby. 2 games today out injured for weeks. One now wonders the indept of this team.Sometimes Koshielny is just like a crack head in defence, this guy has been erratic in Arsenal defense this season remember Chelsea at the beginning of the season, remember Newcastle a couple of weeks ago tackling a striker repeatedly from behind until a penalty was given against his team.Now the beat goes on. Same old story

  14. Richard says:

    I’m bread & born gooner and I’m sick and tired have watching Arsene Wenger slow decline the club I love. He has disgrace Arsenal football for the expense of money & profit. Players like Arshavin, Rosicky, Bendtner, Squillaci, Diaby, and Denilson all need to leave the club so why does Arsene hold on to these useless players. The squad needs a shake up in the summer. I’m an Alex song fan but we need 1 or 2 more defensive midfielder with more experience. Fear play to Szczesny he has played better then Fabianski and Almunia in the few games he has played but he isn’t quite ready yet so, a top class goalkeeper is needed. We also need two-centre backs with strength and height, which can defend for example (Chris samba, Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho, Ezequiel Garay). Also 2 WINGER who is not strikers who can defend as well as attack to help the full backs out. Sale Cesc and rebuild Arsenal football club, we already have Nasri, Wilshere, and Ramsey who can play there.

  15. offiong says:

    i think arsenal players never had the drive or hunger for the cup. the played without their heart

  16. kamran says:

    stop the .S…. it was a grt run… we played well.. their goal.played out of his skin…. mom… fair play to them… & their fans… enjoy…. must forget this & galvanized for the important games coming up…. up the GUNS of ARSENAL!!!

  17. northern gooner says:

    as a northern gooner im sure u dont realise how much this afternoon hurt. i really thought this wud be it. six years of hurt over !it might be better to have mates around ya to console ya, but up here there all mancs and scousers. i love arsenal so much, and always will do . but god,i am so fuckin mad with them right now ! is it just me or is everyone else feelin like this ? god bless everyone whos feelin as bad as me. lets keep the faith !

  18. northern gooner says:

    sorry,for swearin b4, but i am really really gutted. i can,t even buy a paper tomrrow cos i can,t bear wot i,ll read . dred wot to think wat will happen if we lose to orient !!!

  19. Uk says:

    @northerngunner, sorry. I used to feel like u, but last year(after 12years of putting arsenal number1) i quit, i don’t feel too good but i’m getting better, i still celebrate arsenal victories (like the one against barca) but ultimately i expect the team to fall short(like i felt while we were 4-0 up against newcastle) &most times arsenal don’t disappoint. Occasionally they do (like against man city away &of course barca)
    So feel bad, but don’t do anything stupid,life goes on. Cheers

  20. Ray says:

    First class attacking power with 3rd class defense capability.

    Can we offload Rosicky? The moment I saw his name on the line-up, there is only 1 word in my mind which is “OH-NO”. He wasted chance, don’t know what he is doing, delivering bad pass etc. He is a liability.

    Then Bendtner, unless we only want to keep him on the bench, else, he just does not have the skill to dribble past the opponent, slow and not sharp.

    Then Djourou, we know that he is not good enough and we just wonder when such shaky performance will come, well the answer was the match that caused us another wait. You don’t see Vidic so shaky.

    Koscielny, well, not sure if one day he could become a top defender but not today.

    Szce is ok but still very young. Oh no, please don’t bring back Almunia.

  21. ziggy the gooner says:

    Am totally disgusted by one gentlemen by the name of TOMMY SMYTH with a (Y) of ESPN soccer net. I love to hate him right now, he predicted our win against Barca 2-1 and indeed we won 2-1. And he predicted us loosing 2-1 to birmingham and yes indeed we lost by the same score as he predicted! I hope he doesn’t do it again in our future games cause he jinx us!

  22. Jazbo says:

    To much crap be written by supporters who should know better, one head job suggest crack heads in the team, another one say’s everything is the manger and with him we are in slow decline “WTF”…get real people, we batterd Birmingham, battered them!!!! but unfortunately as usual the oppostion keeper plays a blinder against us, we all knew that one error of judgement on either side would hand the cup to the oppostion, shit happens that’s life, get over it, support your team and look forward to the next game.
    The big talking point for me is not our throwing away the Carling cup (because with the greatest respect to city Birmingham that’s what we did) It was Wyane Roony’s elbow to face of that player, if it was an Arsenal player he would got a red card and locked up in the tower of London, but what does the ref do….thats right, NOTHING, over to the FA, let’s see what happens next!!


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