Archive for January, 2011

Arsenal v Birmingham City – Carling Cup Final

Arsenal v Birmingham City

Carling Cup Final – Sunday 27th February 2011 at Wembley Stadium – 4.00pm

Arsenal will face Birmingham City in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley after the Blues beat West Ham United 4-3 on aggregate in the second Semi-Final on Wednesday night and Birmingham City defeated West Ham United 2-1.

Thanks to goals by Bendtner, Koscielny and Fabregas – Arsenal was out in front 3-0. Arsenal brought on Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott for the remaining five minutes, yet the game petered out and the hosts walked away 3-0 winners and 3-1 on aggregate.

Arsenal 3-0 Ipswich Town 25/01/2011
Birmingham City 2-1 West Ham United 26/01/2011

Carling Cup Final: Arsenal v Birmingham City Tickets

An appearance in the Carling Cup final represents a great chance for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners to win a trophy, their first since relocating to the Emirates.

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01 2011

Arsenal Fast Facts

Robin van Persie

Arsenal currently sits in fourth place in the top of the Premier League.

* Arsenal are the only Premier League team to claim more points per game away from home (2 v 1.9) this season.

* Arsenal have the best record against bottom-half teams this season, but only the sixth-best record against top-half sides.

* In the first half v West Ham, Cesc Fabregas had more touches of the ball than all West Ham’s midfielders combined.

Leeds v Arsenal

Robin van Persie feels it is “vital” that Arsenal come through their FA Cup replay against Leeds at Elland Road.

Van Persie did not feature in either the Leeds game or the Carling Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Ipswich.

However, the Holland forward, 27, feels Arsenal have the strength in depth to produce the required performance at Elland Road which would secure a home fourth-round tie against Huddersfield.

“Those two cup games were not good enough, but against West Ham, everyone played really well and were fighting for each other,” van Persie said.

“This game is vital because we have a big chance.

“If we win against Leeds, then after that it will be a game against a lower league side again.

“I have looked at the draw, there are a lot of other Premier League teams playing each other, so lots of teams will go out, which means we have big chances to go further.

“We have the squad to go further because 90% of the squad are fit now and we can rotate a bit when needed.

“If you ask me, we will go for that [FA Cup] game as well.”

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01 2011

Carling Cup: Ipswich Town 1-0 Arsenal

Ipswich Town 1-0 Arsenal

Although Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Ipswich Town in the Carling Cup – the Gunners do have the second leg of their semi-final coming up.

Arsenal will have to overturn the 1-0 deficit against Ipswich when they play again at Emirates Stadium on January 25 in order to reach the Carling Cup Final.

Arsene Wenger decided to leave Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie home when the squad travelled to Portman Road. Wenger must be surprised that his side have failed to beat two Championship opponents in the past week.

Arsenal make the short journey to Upton Park on Saturday to face West Ham. The Hammers still have a strong chance of reaching the Carling Cup final after their 2-1 win over Birmingham City on Tuesday.

Hammer’s manager, Avram Grant, reportedly may get the axe at Upton Park.

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01 2011

Arsenal’s Manager Gives Advice to David Beckham

David Beckham

Whether or not David Beckham will play in the Premier League this winter is the talk of England today.

Arsenal’s manager, Arsène Wenger, commented about David Beckham’s desire to play Premier League football this winter.

Becks, a former England captain has finished the US season with LA Galaxy and has been noted as desiring a temporary stint with the Premier League before the new MLS season begins in March.

Wenger said they do not need Beckham at Arsenal, but he thinks the 35-year-old should play as long as he wants and for whom he wants.

“I respect every single attitude,” said Wenger. “I respect a lot the guy who plays until the last day of his potential and doesn’t care too much about what people say because he knows he will never play again after that.

“We had players here like Pires, who just play as long as they can. Everybody has to do what they feel is right for him. There is no rule, I am not a great believer that a guy should go out on his high. If he feels like that, yes. If you love to play, you play as long as you can.

“That’s the advice I give to any single player because after that life is still a long way to go and you can do so many different things but you cannot play anymore.”

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01 2011