Top 10: League Cup finals

4. Birmingham 2-1 Arsenal, 2011

Arsenal’s clearest chance of silverware in the last six years looked straightforward enough. Relegation-threatened Birmingham should have provided no problems for Arsene's aesthetes, but again the Gooners' crazy-paving defence cost them dear. Giant Serb Nikola Zigic put Blues ahead before Robin van Persie’s volleyed leveller. As Arsenal pressed, a string of fine Ben Foster saves earned the keeper a historic second Alan Hardaker Trophy (awarded for the League Cup final's man of the match). Then came a winner of comical ineptness befitting the north Londoners' downfall: a harmless long ball heading safely back to Wojciech Szczesny, until Laurent Koscielny's interjection gifted it to late sub Obafemi Martins. The Blues were relegated three months later, but had won their first trophy since 1963.


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