Arsenal land plum draw and Irons get the Blues

ARSENAL’S position as overwhelming Carling Cup favourites was enhanced last night when they were paired with Championship side Ipswich in the draw for the semi-finals.

The Gunners, without a trophy since their FA Cup victory over Manchester United in 2005, are now ideally placed to win their first silverware since they moved into Emirates Stadium.

Ipswich, through to the last four for the first time since 2001, are currently just four points outside of the Championship relegation zone but secured their place in the last four by beating Premier League West Brom 1-0 at Portman Road last night.

West Ham’s reward for their 4-0 win over Manchester United is a tie against Birmingham. Alex McLeish’s side beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Second City derby to qualify for the semi-finals.

SEMI-FINALS | CARLING CUP

Ipswich Town v Arsenal
West Ham v Birmingham City

First legs to be played: w/c 10 Jan
Second legs to be played: w/c 24 Jan