Could Arsenal lose the Carling Cup Final on a set-piece?

Sky pundit Paul Merson says Birmingham will be very dangerous on set-pieces.

Dramatic second leg at St Andrews last night.

Leading 2-1 from Upton Park, West Ham went 3-1 up at half time with a thumping strike by Carlton Cole in 31 minutes.

Second half, Alex McLeish brought on the towering striker  Zigic, who transformed the game with knockdowns. Lee Bowyer netted with a scorching shot, centreback Roger Johnson headed in a corner to level it at 3-3, and Craig Gardner scored the winner in extra time.

Whatever you say about Birmingham, they’re far better than Leeds or Ipswich.

One of Arsene Wenger’s mantras going into a cup final is, “Any final is 50-50”

It’s up to Wenger to pick his strongest team and make sure he wins the Carling Cup.

On a big pitch, Arsenal should dominate possession  , outplay Birmingham and score three goals.    

He’s said, “We’ll give everything to win it.” But he says a lot of things.

Bottom line, Arsenal’s team of skilful young millionaires should run rings round Birmingham.

Don’t ask : Could Arsenal lose the Carling Cup Final because they still can’t defend a corner or a ball into the box?