Carling Cup Final - 25th February 2007
The Carling Cup Final of 2007 was billed as the battle between Arsenal’s promising youngsters and the more experienced Chelsea line up and it was the more youthful side that dominated early on taking the lead within 11 minutes.
Chelsea had barely put together a move of note but ten minutes later were level. A defence-splitting pass by Michael Ballack beat the offside trap and Didier Drogba equalised.
After being second best for much of the first period, the half-time introduction of winger Arjen Robben swung the game Chelsea’s way.
Even so there was great concern when captain John Terry received a kick in the head while braving trying to score a header. Play was held up for five minutes while Terry was put in a neck brace and eventually carried from the field and taken to hospital.
The injury to Terry though did not affect our domination of the game and it was no surprise when we took the lead, Drogba heading home brilliantly from an excellent Robben cross.
The Arsenal players now began to lose their discipline. They reacted badly to a foul by Terry’s replacement and in the fracas that ensued two of their players were sent off while John Mikel Obi himself was unfortunate to see red.
After no less than 13 minutes of injury time the contest was finally brought to an end and we had achieved our fourth League Cup triumph.
By the end of the game the substitutions and sendings off had altered the line ups so much that the average age of the Chelsea team was now less than that of Arsenal’s, a fact not picked by the press.