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Connor Wickham takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wojciech Szczesny by David Norris. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter, Nicklas Bendtner makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Connor Wickham on Gael Clichy. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Samir Nasri comes on in place of Robin van Persie. Andrey Arshavin leaves the field to be replaced by Theo Walcott. The official flags David Norris offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Header from close range by David Norris clears the bar.
Neves Denilson fouled by Connor Wickham, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
Francesc Fabregas grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 3 (3)-(1) 0 Ipswich.Assist by Andrey Arshavin.
Effort from deep inside the area by Francesc Fabregas misses to the left of the target.
Colin Healy goes off and Shane O'Connor comes on.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.
Shot by Jason Scotland. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
Shot by Grant Leadbitter. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter played to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Neves Denilson misses to the left of the target.
Laurent Koscielny scores a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 2 (2)-(1) 0 Ipswich.Corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, the assist for the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
(Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Jason Scotland coming on for Tamas Priskin. Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Colin Healy results in a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren O'Dea. Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Nicklas Bendtner from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1 (1)-(1) 0 Ipswich.The assist for the goal came from Jack Wilshere.
Emmanuel Eboue fouled by Connor Wickham, the ref awards a free kick. Andrey Arshavin takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, clearance by Mark Kennedy.
The referee blows for offside. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, save by Marton Fulop.
The referee penalises David Norris for handball. Laurent Koscielny takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line.
Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.
Foul by Neves Denilson on Grant Leadbitter, free kick awarded. Carlos Edwards takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line, Colin Healy makes a clearance.
Foul by Andrey Arshavin on David Norris, free kick awarded. Carlos Edwards takes the direct free kick.
Mark Kennedy concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Connor Wickham challenges Nicklas Bendtner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johan Djourou.
Grant Leadbitter takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gael Clichy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Norris by Jack Wilshere. Carlos Edwards takes the direct free kick.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamas Priskin on Laurent Koscielny. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andrey Arshavin, save by Marton Fulop.
The ball is sent over by Nicklas Bendtner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on David Norris. Direct free kick taken by Marton Fulop.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Marton Fulop.
Francesc Fabregas produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Short corner worked by Francesc Fabregas.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Tamas Priskin. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Andrey Arshavin concedes a free kick for a foul on Tamas Priskin. Free kick taken by Marton Fulop.
Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, Darren O'Dea makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Marton Fulop restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Andrey Arshavin, Marton Fulop makes a save.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Damien Delaney. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left channel, Marton Fulop makes a save.
Connor Wickham is given a yellow card. Foul by Connor Wickham on Johan Djourou, free kick awarded. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Nicklas Bendtner, Header from close in by Robin van Persie hits the post.
Nicklas Bendtner sends in a cross, Robin van Persie takes a shot.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andrey Arshavin.
Colin Healy challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
Tamas Priskin fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Edwards takes the direct free kick.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Marton Fulop.
Bacary Sagna leaves the field to be replaced by Emmanuel Eboue.
Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Norris. A cross is delivered by Grant Leadbitter, Close range header by Damien Delaney goes over the crossbar.
Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Norris. Grant Leadbitter produces a cross, Gareth McAuley produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tamas Priskin by Laurent Koscielny. Carlos Edwards restarts play with the free kick.
Tamas Priskin challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter to the near post, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Mark Kennedy. Robin van Persie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Effort on goal by Grant Leadbitter from long distance goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee gets the game started.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Wojciech Szczesny has warned Ipswich they can park the bus or as many tractors as they want in front of goal at Emirates Stadium, but eventually Arsenal will break them down and reach the Carling Cup final.
The Suffolk club are set to defend a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg at Portman Road a fortnight ago after a below-par Gunners were beaten by Tamas Priskin's second-half strike.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who had likened the Tractor Boys' approach to a long-ball "rugby" style, maintained it would be a completely different game when they met again at Ashburton Grove for the right to go to Wembley.
Town defender Damien Delaney openly admits Paul Jewell's men will do all they can to hang onto their lead, claiming "we will go and park the bus in front of the goal at the Emirates, like Jose Mourinho said".
Gunners goalkeeper Szczesny, though, insists those tactics will result in a comprehensive defeat in the end.
"We have a team from the Championship coming to the Emirates and they probably won't fancy it too much, but we fancy our chances and are confident we will go through," said the young Pole, who has impressed after taking his chance in goal.
"We are Arsenal and believe we can beat anybody."
Szczesny added: "They have a one-goal advantage which they will try to defend, but as soon as we score the first goal, it will be downhill for them.
"We just have to break them down and score as many goals as we can. We are confident we can turn this around."
Wenger will again rotate his starting XI for the game, with those among the substitutes on Saturday - like Kieran Gibbs, Emmanuel Eboue, Denilson, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh - all probably set to feature, while there could yet be a debut for young Spanish centre-back Ignasi Miquel.
Meanwhile, Ipswich manager Paul Jewell remains confident of keeping hold of captain David Norris as he attempts to lead his side to Wembley.
Jewell said: "David Norris hasn't told me he wants to join Portsmouth. I will be sitting down later in the week with some of the players out of contract this summer.
"I want to keep our better players here, but if people, young or old, do not want to be here, they can move on. But David Norris has definitely not intimated to me that he wants to leave. It's a problem I've inherited. If the players are here to the end of the season I would expect them to give their best and I'm sure they will."
Jewell was keen to bring in one of his former players at Wigan last week, only to see defender Pascal Chimbonda join QPR instead.
But Jewell - who has tied teenage striker Connor Wickham to a new deal - remains on the hunt for reinforcements.
He said: "We're in for lots of players. We've made bids for two players but we will just have to wait and see. It's a busy time for everyone at the moment but amongst it all we have a massive game on our hands.
"It's still a long-term project. There's no magic wand. You can feel the confidence within the club but it's only one game and we've got to go to Arsenal on Tuesday.
"I have already picked my team for the Arsenal game. I'm not treating this game any differently."
Midfielder Lee Martin will miss out as he is cup-tied, so Jewell could name the same XI which won the first leg.
Gunners off to Wembley
Arsenal booked their place at Wembley as they finally broke down Ipswich to win 3-0 in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium.
The npower Championship club were protecting a slender 1-0 lead from a fortnight ago in Suffolk, and defended resolutely to frustrate the Gunners for more than an hour.
However, Nicklas Bendtner finally ended their resistance with a fine individual goal before Laurent Koscielny headed in a second and captain Cesc Fabregas kept Arsene Wenger's men on course for a first trophy since 2005.
Nine thousand Ipswich fans had made the journey from Suffolk, perhaps more in hope than genuine expectation of a cup shock.
Arsenal, who named a strong side, made a positive start, and Van Persie - who missed the first leg at Portman Road, but had struck six goals in his last three appearances - fired a volley just over the angle from Bacary Sagna's cross.
Fabregas used his programme notes to hit back at claims from Roberto Martinez he had dived to win a penalty during the 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Wigan here on Saturday.
After 10 minutes, the Spain World Cup winner burst into the Ipswich box and went down under an outstretched arm from Gareth McAuley, but referee Mark Halsey waved play on.
McAuley was then in the thick of the action at the other end, heading over a deep free-kick into the Arsenal danger zone.
There was then a stoppage after Sagna needed treatment following an accidental clash of heads with his keeper Wojciech Szczesny when trying to defend.
The France international was unable to continue with what looked like possibly a broken nose, so Emmanuel Eboue replaced him after 18 minutes.
A clever flick from Van Persie released Fabregas into the right side of the Ipswich area, but his low shot was saved at the near post by Marton Fulop.
Van Persie then went within inches of levelling the tie when his header crashed against the bar from Bendtner's right-wing cross.
Bendtner's shot was blocked after Fulop dropped a free-kick in the six-yard box as the Tractor Boys continued to defend resolutely.
Jack Wilshere chipped the ball through to Fabregas in the left side of the box, but after bringing it down superbly, the skipper could only drill a low shot across the face of goal - after which the travelling fans took great delight in chanting `1-0 to the rugby team' in reference to Fabregas' post-match comments following the first leg.
It was more of the same at the start of the second half, as Arsenal had plenty of possession, but were faced with trying to break down an organised resistance, Ipswich deploying two banks of four men behind the ball.
The pressure, though, was relentless and when the breakthrough finally came after 61 minutes, it was thanks to a moment of real quality from the much-criticised Bendtner.
A quick ball from Wilshere out to the left was brought down superbly by the Dane, who then cut inside with a deft backheel before curling a low shot into the bottom right corner.
Before Ipswich could recover, it was 2-0.
Fulop came to punch a left-wing corner from Arshavin, but got nowhere near the ball as Koscielny headed in from six yards.
Chants of `Wembley' started to ring out around the stadium as the Gunners fans started to dream of an end to their six-season trophy drought.
There was a warning, though, when substitute Jason Scotland broke into the left of the penalty area and his angled shot was saved at the near post.
Fabregas, however, ended any hopes of a comeback after 77 minutes when he slotted home after being played in by Arshavin following a surging 40-yard run.
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