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Wenger: Disappointing defeat

Wenger: Disappointing defeat

Bradford City qualified for the last four of the Capital One Cup thanks to a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Arsenal on Tuesday night.

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Arsenal started the strongest but it was the home side who took the lead as the Gunners failed to clear a long free-kick and Garry Thompson popped up at the back post to send Valley Parade into raptures after 16 minutes.

The goal seemed to spark Arsene Wenger's men into life and they quickly settled into their trademark passing game, but the Bantams continued to look dangerous, with the strike pairing of Nakhi Wells and James Hanson causing Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen plenty of problems.

Whatever Wenger said to his troops at half-time appeared to work as they came out of the changing room with much more purpose, with both Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey going close.

The Gunners kept pushing, forcing Bradford back into their own half, but the home side continued to defend stubbornly as the tension built both on and off the field.

However, the pressure eventually told as the away side got back into the game through a Thomas Vemaelen header on 88 minutes to force the tie into extra-time.

Arsenal's quality was starting to show, with Wilshere dominating proceedings in extra-time and Santi Cazorla rattling the crossbar but it wasn't enough as the match headed to penalties and it was Vermaelen who missed the decisive kick to hand the Bantams an historic win.

Posted: 11/12/12 20:43

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