Arsenal Knocked Out Of Capital One Cup By Bradford

by David on December 12, 2012

Arsenal suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their history as they were knocked out of the League Cup quarter-finals by Bradford City on penalties.

The Gunners have faced a lot of criticism this season for their worst start to a Premier League campaign in manager Arsene Wenger’s 16-year reign, and tonight’s defeat and performance is only going to heap more pressure on the beleaguered Arsenal manager.

What has to frustrate Wenger the most, is that he lost playing his best side. This was not a team for the future that Arsenal put out tonight. This was the first team with the likes of Wilshere, Podolski and Cazorla.

“They defended well and we all know what happened on the penalties. We had many, many chances and their keeper had a good game,” Wenger said.

“Whenever you go out it’s not a good result for Arsenal. We lost on penalties to a team who played very well. I cannot fault the effort of my team, we gave everything for the 120 minutes and you have to give credit to Bradford.

“It’s not a lack of quality. We’ll get over this, it’s part of our job. We’ll focus on the next game.”

After Bradford midfielder Garry Thompson took advantage of woeful Arsenal defending to volley home a free-kick at the far post in the 16th minute, Parkinson’s side must have expected to be tested to the limit by their illustrious opponents at Valley Parade.

But instead a strong Arsenal team took until the 88th minute to equalise when Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen headed home from a Santi Cazorla cross.

The Gunners were just as laboured in extra time and they paid the price in the penalty shoot-out, which Bradford won 3-2 as Cazorla’s kick was saved by Matt Duke and Marouane Chamakh and Vermaelen both hit the post.

Bradford’s ninth successive penalty shoot-out victory booked their first ever appearance in the League Cup semi-finals.

Arsene Wenger will get all the blame for this defeat, but surely the players have to shoulder a lot of the blame. There was a lot of experience in Arsenal colours tonight, but there was not a lot of passion.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

mike December 12, 2012 at 2:52 am

The tactics are all wrong. We keep on wanting to walk the ball into the net. Nobody shoots the ball. just endless passing which goes nowhere.

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ryan December 12, 2012 at 3:51 am

mike that’s not really true in this match though. i don’t even support wenger anymore but what you said just isn’t true. we had a LOT of shots even from long range. loads of them got blocked, we hit the post, many went wide and a few were excellently saved.

i’m not defending arsenal because i think they should be embarrassed and we need a new manager who can motivate these players imo. but regardless we definitely didn’t just pass all day and never shoot, that’s not true at all last night

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dboy ( RVP WAS RIGHT NO AMBITION) December 12, 2012 at 7:41 am

Let’s talk about Players that need to be sold we have a long sh%t list starting with Wenger, Gazidis, Hillwood, Kroenke, then we have Fabianski, Squillachi, Djourou, Santos, Yennaris,Coquelin,Frimpong,Ramsey,Diaby and Rosicky (injury prone hardly play),Gervinho,Arshavin,Bendtner,Chamak,Denilson,Park.

Just imagine what could happen if we sold the sh%t list put 4 million pounds on each players head you get 64 million pounds. Next step get rid of Wenger, and get a good replacement. Take the 70 million pounds in the coffers add it to 64 million and you got R134 million pounds to spend. JUST IMAGINE!!!!
BUT No !! that won’t happen> WHY?
Arsenal equalize and the AKB’s start chanting Arsenal is the best club in the world. Delusion filled with mediocrity and a lot of brainwashed idiots who can’t see the light. All of them were out yesterday saying how we turned it around against West Brom. Where are they now? They gave Wenger and the board the power to to mess up the team. Damn Wengerites!!!

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john muhindo December 12, 2012 at 5:13 am

How can agood manager sell good players? How can good manager finish 3 seasons on rope? Does he feel it? I think he should retire. This is too much. Is the club out of direction? Oh God …… our sins should be washed away.

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David Pinto December 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

You need a Lethal striker and a natural number 6. Period.

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Jin December 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

One more bad news!!!!!

Breaking News: Manchester United Planning A Bid For Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

Source: http://www.soccersouls.com/2012/12/breaking-news-manchester-united-planning-a-bid-for-arsenals-theo-walcott/

So Walcott is not staying…

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iano December 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

First team quite an embarassment,some players r sharp others hv no focus arsene has nothing to say after tht except lie coz we watch the game frm all angles of the pitch

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