Bradford City pulled off the shock of the season so far to knock Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup on penalties and reach the semi-finals for the first time in their history. Gary Thompson had volleyed the hosts ahead after 16 minutes, before Gunners skipper Thomas Vermaelen saved Arsenal’s blushes by heading in Santi Cazorla’s cross with only two minutes of normal time remaining.
But Vermaelen turned from hero to villain in the shoot-out, as he missed his crucial penalty to see the League Two side triumph. It was no less than the impressive Yorkshire side deserved, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted the club should not be embarrassed by the loss.
But this latest defeat will add fuel to the fire to the many fans growing impatient at Arsenal’s poor domestic form this season, and their barren spell without a trophy which stretches back to the FA Cup in 2005.
Bradford no doubt will be delighted, with their progression to the League Cup semi-final going some way towards making up for their expulsion from the FA Cup for fielding an illegible player in last Friday’s 2nd round draw with Brentford.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner