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Carling Cup: Arsenal are tipped to lift their first major trophy in 6 years. But could Birmingham surprise them?

Carling Cup: Arsenal are tipped to lift their first major trophy in 6 years. But could Birmingham surprise them?

Arsenal's Robin van Persie takes part in a training session in London. Arsenal are heavy favourites to win their first major trophy in six years when they meet Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON - ARSENAL are heavy favourites to win their first major trophy for six years when they face Premier League strugglers Birmingham City in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Their last silverware of note came in the 2005 FA Cup, a relative drought for a side who became accustomed to glory in the first six seasons of manager Arsene Wenger's tenure. 'I don't know if not winning a trophy for a few years puts more pressure on us or not,' Wenger said. 'All I do know is that when you go into a final you desperately want to win it.' Arsenal, who will be without injured captain Cesc Fabregas and winger Theo Walcott, have beaten Birmingham twice in the leagu...

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