Carling Cup 2011 Final: Arsenal vs. Birmingham Live Stream (Free Online Video)
Arsenal vs. Birmingham Live Stream: Today’s Carling Cup (League Cup) final is a great opportunity for Arsenal to claim their first major trophy since Patrick Vieira lifted the FA Cup in 2005, beating Manchester United on penalties in Cardiff. Arsene Wenger’s men, who are unbeaten in their past 11 games in all competitions, have made the League Cup final on six previous occasions, winning just twice.
The Gunners have beaten Birmingham City twice in the Premier League this season and have not lost to them in eight games. However, Wenger will be without Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) and Theo Walcott (ankle) but Robin van Persie (hamstring), Laurent Koscielny (back) and Abou Diaby (calf) should return after missing the home victory over Stoke. This means Alex McLeish’s side, who are two points above the relegation zone, can play a defensive style of game and still be in contention for the silverware at the end of the final whistle at Wembley.
The League Cup has never been high on Wenger’s list of priorities but Fabregas expressed his disappointment at missing today’s final, saying: “Even on Friday morning I had hoped to be involved, even if it was on the bench. But the boss, Arsene Wenger, is right and the most important thing is to make sure I get fit as quickly as possible to help Arsenal for the rest of the season.”
If Arsenal have gone six years without a major title, the Blues have waited ages for one. They have played two League Cup finals winning in 1963 after beating Aston Villa and losing on penalties in 2001 against Liverpool.
McLeish has won 19 trophies as a player and manager in Scotland but is eager to lift his first major trophy in England against the North Londoners.
Who do you think will win? The match kicks-off at 16:00 GMT.
UPDATE: Birmingham beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Carling Cup final to secure their first major title in 48 years. Watch the highlights below: