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The tackle felt 'round the world

Updated: January 28, 2011, 5:09 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

It's been four years since Arsenal was allowed to enter a Wembley final without paying for a ticket, so the news that the Gunners will play Birmingham City at English soccer's most hallowed ground for the not-particularly-grandiose-but-I'll-take-it-anyway Carling Cup has me toggling between two emotions.

On one hand, I am thrilled. This is, after all, the Gunners' best chance to stick it to those who tediously bleat and tweet about Arsenal failing to win a trophy since Napoleon's ...

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