Arsenal 3 v Ipswich 0 ( 3-1 on agg.)

Arsenal stormed into the Carling Cup final with a rousing 3-0 win over Ipswich at the Emirates to seal their first final at the new Wembley. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, the Gunners were to prevail with a strong second half showing and goals from Nicklas Bendtner, Lauerent Koscielny and Cesc Fabregas. The Gunners’ captain took special pleasure with his strike, a goal that silenced the 9000 Ipswich travelling support.


So Arsenal’s six year wait for silverware could finally be over and a Carling Cup final date against the winners of the West Ham v Birmingham tie.

It was to be a nervous opening 45 minutes in north London as whenever the Gunners mounted an assault on goal, a wall of blue was mounted to frustrate the home side. Bendtner was again doing a fine disciplined job for the team stationed on the right, but freely exchanging with Robin Van Persie and Andrey Arshavin.


The Russian had another frustrating game as whatever he tried just did not come off. Fabregas was getting forward at will and had early shouts for a penalty denied by referee Mark Halsey. Midway through the first half and it was Bendtner’s cross from the right that fell perfectly for Van Persie to head, but with Marton Fulop beaten, the ball hit the bar.


Jack Wilshere then fed Fabregas who shot low and quick but just the wrong side of Fulop’s upright.Just past the hour mark however Arsenal took the lead. Wilshere’s raking 50 yard pass was controlled by Bendtner. The Dane stepped inside Carlos Edwards before unleashing a fierce drive for Arsenal to take the lead.Three minutes later and the Gunners doubled their lead. Koscielny was left unmarked and as Fulop flapped, the France born defender saw a free header crash into the back of the net.


Another three minutes elapsed and another Arsenal goal arrived. Denilson had been his hustle and bustling self all night and when he won the ball, Fabregas was already alongside him. The Arsenal captain slipped the ball to Arshavin, took his return pass before nutmegging Fulop with a crisp shot.


Ipswich had arrived determined to defend their one goal lead from the first leg and foe 45 minutes that tactic worked. However against a mature and intelligent Arsenal side who are desperate to lift their first trophy since 2005, that was never going to be a successful approach. For Arsenal, that first trophy just got a big step closer.