Arsenal exit English League Cup after penalty shootout

Posted on by SoccerPunter

Bradford City from English League Two stunned Arsenal with a 3-2 penalty shoot-out victory after a 1-1 draw in the League Cup quarter-finals.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen was the villain after missing the decisive spot-kick.

Braford City took a surprise 1-0 lead after Garry Thompson’s powerful volley, but Arsenal pushed the game into penalty shootout when Vermaelen scored just three minutes before full-time.

Bradford went on to win their ninth consecutive penalty shoot-out with Santi Cazorla and Marouane Chamakh missing the first two kicks for the Gunners before Vermaelen‘s blunder consigned Arsene Wenger’s side to arguably the most humiliating loss of the Frenchman’s 16-year reign.

Wenger, who has often opted to field a weakened side in this competition, decided to name eight of the players that had beaten West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

But there was no sign of any momentum from that win as Arsenal, looking totally out of sorts in temperatures that were below freezing when the game got under way, hit a new low in an already traumatic campaign.

Bradford forward Nahki Wells forced Wojciech Sczesny into an early save after breaching the visitors’ backline and the home fans were soon celebrating as Thompson picked an opportune time to claim only his second goal of the season.

The former Morecambe and Scunthorpe attacker converted Gary Jones’ free kick from the right as Bradford, in front of their biggest crowd at Valley Parade since 1960 of 23,971, threatened to cause a major cup upset.

Arsenal showed signs of improvement late in the half as French midfielder Francis Coquelin went close to his first goal for the Londoners, striking his left footed shot against a post from the edge of the area.

Gervinho then missed right in front of goal with Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke beaten after Kieran Gibbs had set up the chance with a cross from the left.

The hosts could have been 2-0 up at half-time though as Wells slotted just wide of the post after James Hanson had headed on Duke’s long kick.

Bradford, who had previously won on penalties at Premier League side Wigan in the last round, continued to defend in committed fashion at the start of the second half.

But Arsenal were not helping their cause as their wayward finishing continued when Aaron Ramsey sliced a shot wide after an incisive move from the visitors.

Gervinho was next to fire a shot well wide of its target and Wenger opted to send on Chamakh, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as his side desperately searched for an equaliser.

Oxlade-Chamberlain immediately tested Duke from distance on 70 minutes, Arsenal’s first shot on target in the entire game, but they could not find any momentum.

Bradford, who have already played a total of 31 matches this term, showed no signs of fatigue, defending in numbers as they tried to protect their lead.

Wilshere forced Duke into another save with a left footed shot from outside the area while Cazorla had a shot deflected wide.

But Arsenal eventually found a late equaliser two minutes from time with Vermaelen heading home from six yards out following Cazorla’s cross from the left.

Cazorla could have won it for Wenger’s team inside 90 minutes with two efforts that were kept out by Duke but the game went into extra-time.

Duke saved well from Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain while Cazorla hit the crossbar in the second half of the added 30 minutes but the visitors could not find the goal to prevent penalties.

Cazorla’s first kick was saved by Duke and then Chamakh hit the post.

Bradford missed penalties from Stephen Darby and Ritchie Jones, the latter, but Vermaelen hit the post with the final kick as the hosts reached the last four for the first time.

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown josha5330 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Racing Club vs Independiente
15 minutes ago
Unknown josha5330 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Charlotte Independence vs One Knoxville
16 minutes ago
Unknown josha5330 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Alvarado vs Agropecuario
18 minutes ago
Unknown King254 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Patronato vs San Telmo
25 minutes ago
Unknown King254 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Alvarado vs Agropecuario
25 minutes ago
Unknown King254 posts a Last Team to Score tip on Tacuary vs Nacional Asunción
25 minutes ago
Unknown King254 posts a Over / Under tip on Tacuary vs Nacional Asunción
25 minutes ago
Unknown King254 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Richmond Kickers vs Tormenta
25 minutes ago
Unknown King254 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Tauro vs Azuero
25 minutes ago
Unknown King254 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Forward Madison vs Lexington
25 minutes ago
News Headlines
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Top Draw Teams
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.



Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2023 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.