On 27 February 2011, Arsenal lost 2-1 to Birmingham City in the League Cup final at Wembley.
Arsenal had previously beaten Spurs (1-4), Newcastle (0-4), Wigan (2-0) and Ipswich Town (3-1 agg.) on their way to the final. It hadn’t been a massively challenging run, despite the Gunners losing the first leg of the semi-finals 1-0 to the Tractor Boys, and everyone tipped Arsenal to beat Birmingham in the final to end their trophy drought.
Arsenal hadn’t won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005, fans and the media were beginning to get impatient and there was a real sense of excitement surrounding the fixture.
Nikola Zigic put Birmingham 1-0 up in the 28th minute before Robin van Persie brought the score to 1-1 before halftime.
By the end, Arsenal had control of the game, all they players had to do was force the tie to extra time and we could clinch it.
However, a mix up between Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny allowed Obafemi Martins to round the keeper and score to put Birmingham 2-1 ahead in the 89th minute.
There was no coming back that late on and Arsenal went trophy-less for another three years until we beat Hull City in the FA Cup final in 2014.
Birmingham were relegated at the end of the 2010/11 season.