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  1. League Cup - Bradford send poor Arsenal out on penalties

    League Cup - Bradford send poor Arsenal out on penalties

    Bradford City's League Cup run continued with a shock penalty shoot-out win over a dire Arsenal side at Valley Parade. More

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    Time:120'
    • Bradford City
    • Arsenal
    • - Thanks for joining me tonight. The inquest will be long, painful, and hand-wringing for Arsenal fans, many of whom will turn on Arsene Wenger after this. Let me know your thought on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport - although there may be a few of you, so I might not reply to all. Goodnight and bravo Bradford! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • - PENS: 3-2 (Bradford): VERMAELEN HITS THE POST! ARSENAL ARE OUT! BRADFORD ARE THROUGH TO THE SEMIS!
    • - PENS: 3-2 (Bradford): Ritchie Jones to win it... SAVED BY SZCZESNY! Terrible penalty, low and weak and straight at Szczesny. Too much pressure.
    • - PENS: 3-2 (Bradford): OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN SCORES - and he had to, miss and it was over. Low, bottom left, no problem.
    • - PENS: 3-1 (Bradford): CONNELL SCORES! Sending Szczesny the wrong way and the ball into the top left.
    • - PENS: 2-1 (Bradford): WILSHERE SCORES! Arsenal back in it as he coolly slots it home.
    • - PENS: 2-0 (Bradford): DARBY MISSES! Poor penalty, low and easy for Szczesny who guessed right.
    • - PENS: 2-0 (Bradford): CHAMAKH HITS THE POST! Genuinely unlucky, inside of the post and away after beating Duke.
    • - PENS: 2-0 (Bradford): JONES SCORES! The set-piece expert sends Szczesny the wrong way and the ball to the left.
    • - PENS: 1-0 (Bradford): CAZORLA MISSES! WHAT A SAVE BY DUKE! Cazorla was going top right but it was a touch too low and Duke guessed right, two hands palming it away!!
    • - PENS: 1-0 (Bradford): DOYLE SCORES! The ex-Hull man beats Szczesny but only just, the keeper getting a touch.
    • - Ok, the shoot-out will commence in a minute or so. Looks like Doyle will take the first one for Bradford - he scored when they beat Wigan on pens last time out...
    • - @Santa_Cruz___: "i ndon't care about arsenal. i'm a man u supporter. GO BRADFORD!" ; @69Yoshy69: "Arsenal have played so badly, I'm in a state of shock how they've managed to get to penalties against Bradford!" ; @Kelisima05: "Have they ever considered getting another coach??" FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • - Quick Twitter rampage - just how bad are Arsenal at the moment? Does it make sense? Can they get their act together for a shoot-out? Let me know @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 120+1 Vermaelen crosses in from the left, too high for Mertesacker. Cazorla shoots, deflected, Duke prevents the corner and the match goes to penalties.
    • 120' Just one minute off added time in extra-time. Arsenal free-kick on halfway...
    • 119' No, a foul in the box from a Bradford player and Arsenal have the free-kick.
    • 118' Bardford have a late corner - can they snatch something?
    • 117' Gibbs on the left now, inside to Cazorla, wide to Rosicky, who overhits a cross with men lining up.
    • 116' Turgott picks up the ball on the right but runs it out for a throw.
    • 114' Connell is offside as a high ball lands to him on the left wing.
    • 113' Sagna with a booming clearance to touch. Bradford have done well to get this far - can they snatch an unlikely winner now?
    • 112' Oxlade-Chamberlain again gets in down the right but he opts to shoot, sending it well over. At least he's being direct.
    • 111' Arsenal continuing to pile it forward - can they get a winner or will it be penalties?
    • 109' CAZORLA HITS THE BAR! A scorching long-range effort from the rather quiet left foot of the Spain man. Keeper beaten all day.
    • 108' Great ball by the Ox but McArdle flicks it away from a flying Chamakh. It lands for Gervinho, but his low cross is poor and easily cleared. Down the other end, Szczesny has to come out of his box to clear.
    • 107' Chamakh flicks an angled header wide after a clever diagonal run to meet Cazorla's dead ball - but it flies just wide. Unlucky.
    • 106' The second half of extra time commences. Remember - Bradford will be okay with penalties, they tend to win shoot-outs!
    • 105+1 Half-time in extra-time and it's 1-1. All Arsenal now though.
    • 105' Another good piece of keeping by Duke, who rushes out quickly to smother the Ox after Sagna sent him in down the right. Corner.
    • 104' Gibbs heads over now after Sagna's cross is deflected into his path - should have put it across goal for the unmarked Chamakh
    • 103' Bradford want handball against Vermaelen on the edge of the Arsenal box but the ref waves it away.
    • 102' Chamakh meets the corner with his head but it loops into Duke's arms.
    • 101' Another poor ball from Chamberlain, too deep for Chamakh far post, but Darby takes no chances and puts behind for a corner.
    • 100' Now Chamberlain with a run down the right but his cross skews out of play and on to the roof of the net.
    • 99' Good save by Duke again as a shot comes in from Wilshere! Corner. Cazorla takes it, Sagna flies in with the header but Jones(R) heads off the line!
    • 98' Almost a counter for Bradford but Sagna is quicker than Jones(R) and plays it back to Szczesny.
    • 97' Arsenal fail to make that corner count and Duke has it back. Surely only a matter of time, provided it doesn't run out!
    • 96' Brilliant dribble fom Wilshere after a one-two with Chamakh, he should have hit it right-footed but waited to work it to the left, going too wide and blocked by Duke. Corner.
    • 94' Rosicky with a superb through-ball to release Chamakh, who drills it low first time but McArdle slides across to block! Fantastic block!
    • 93' Chamberlain with a shot that he feels hit a defender's arm but nothing given.
    • 92' BRADFORD SUB: Turgott, a former West Ham youngster, replaces Hanson.
    • 92' Booking for Vermaelen for a foul on the right wing....
    • 91' Extra-time is underway!
    • 90+4 That was the last kick of normal time, 1-1 and we have extra-time. Suddenly there's only one winner in this.
    • 90+4 Cazorla elects to shoot and it's a fine effort, great save by Duke but it lands for Rosicky whose cross is deflected to Cazorla WHO SHOOTS BOTTOM LEFT BUT TIPPED AWAY BY DUKE!
    • 90+3 Late free-kick as Doyle is booked for a foul on Chamberlain. 30 yards out, a touch to the left, Cazorla to take...
    • 90+2 Gervinho on the left, he plays it back to the Ox, he wriggles away from a few challenges but Gibbs is offside as Gervinho tries to send him away.
    • 90' Chamakh is offside as a lofted ball sends him through.
    • 89' Four minutes added time.
    • 89' Can Arsenal score again? Not yet, Rosicky sending a curling low effort just wide!
    • 88' Cazorla sends it in but Mertseacker's header is poor. Back with Cazorla, who swings in the cross AND VERMAELEN BURIES IT! 1-1!! Bullet header from the skipper, Arsenal level.
    • 87' Rosicky finds Chamakh on the right and he holds it up... Now Cazorla but his shot is blocked, corner.
    • 86' Chamberlain to take but he sends a poor low ball in, Chamakh lazily flicks it on but into the arms of the keeper Duke.
    • 85' Wilshere wins a free-kick off Meredith, an Australian plying his trade in League Two.
    • 84' Hanson is a right handful, holding the ball up and taking two defenders out in the process. Arsenal do clear though.
    • 83' Oxlade-Chamberlain should have scored but slipped at the last as he blasted over from a fine Gervinho cut-back. Genuinely dangerous.
    • 81' Arsenal are toiling dreadfully now. It will take a moment of magic probably.
    • 79' Duke with a decent low stop after Wilshere tried to go it alone after a mazy run.
    • 78' Arsenal starting to look a bit aimless now - chucking in long balls of all things.
    • 76' Things were looking up for Arsenal after throwing on the cavalry but Bradford's subs have shut the game down somewhat. Good tactics from Parks.
    • 74' BRADFORD SUB: Wells comes off to an ovation, Connell on in his place.
    • 73' An aimless long ball from the Ox is watched out by the Bradford defence.
    • 72' BRADFORD SUB: The goal-scorer Thompson is off for Ritchie Jones.
    • 72' Hanson uses his height to defensive effect as he heads clear. Now Gervinho on the left puts in a low ball that Jones hacks to touch for another corner. This one is headed weakly over by Chamakh though.
    • 71' GOOD SAVE DUKE! Oxlade-Chamberlain's first touch is a fizzing drive that the ex-Hull man bats away! The Ox comes again and wins a corner off McArdle. How often do he and Walcott he look their brightest spark?
    • 70' ARSENAL DOUBLE SUB: Podolski and Ramsey come off, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rosicky on.
    • 69' Wells backheels it through Vermaelen's legs but fouls him straight afterwards.
    • 68' After checking he's ok, the ref books Wells.
    • 67' Wells trips Wilshere in the middle of the park and hurts himself doing so.
    • 66' Chamakh does well to flick a header past a defender, but his next touch is woeful, passing it straight back to a Bradford player.
    • 65' Thompson inside to Wells, now Jones on the ball but his shot is blocked. Hanson could be in but Mertesacker smacks it away!
    • 64' Szczesny cools Arsenal nerves by coming out of his box to clear as a wayward clearance causes problems.
    • 63' Scrappy stuff from both sides now. I can see why Wenger wanted a 'proper' striker on, but Coquelin should have stayed. Wilshere has been ineffectual.
    • 62' Darby catches Wilshere, who goes down heavily. Clumsy not malicious, but the England midfielder is hurt. It's only his nose though, so no fears of a lay-off.
    • 61' ARSENAL SUB: Chamakh on for Coquelin. Coquelin had been Arsenal's best player.
    • 60' Gervinho on the right cuts inside and plays a one-two with Cazorla but - from an angle and not that close in - opts to shoot when he should have passed, miles wide.
    • 59' Oooh Cazorla almost sent Podolski one-on-one but slightly overhit the through ball. Much better movement as the German adopts a more central role.
    • 58' Sagna on the right wing now, lots of space for Coquelin WHO PLAYS ACROSS A SUPER BALL BUT BEHIND PODOLSKI! So close!
    • 57' Hanson almost turns Mertesacker on to a through ball but a poor touch means it's back with Szczesny.
    • 56' Promising for Arsenal as Gervinho is sent in - but a poor touch means that what could have been a shooting opportunity ends up with him passing it wide to Wilshere.
    • 55' At least Arsenal are shooting on sight now. They need to find a solution for Gervinho though.
    • 54' Jones again with a free-kick on the right - Mertesacker clears this time before Thompson can get a touch. Arsenal break, Gervinho to Cazorla, now Ramsey who buys the shot with a super first touch - but mis-hits it well wide.
    • 53' Jones puts the ball in but, at the second time of asking, Arsenal scramble it clear via Gibbs. This time Arsenal do not concede a corner, although the ball clearly came off Coquelin. Wakey wakey lino.
    • 52' Jones swings it over but it's too high for McArdle and Sagna clears. Atkinson keeps it in though and a long ball is switched to Wells - who is onside! Onside and free on the right, but a poor cross hits Gibbs. Corner.
    • 51' Vermaelen fouls Hanson on the Bradford right, which means another Jones free-kick!
    • 50' A lulle in the match, which will suit Bradford. Arsenal seem to lack intensity when they fall behind to 'inferior' opposition.
    • 48' Bradford almost release Hanson, a long ball leaving Arsenal's defence floundering but the 6'4" target man unable to bring it down.
    • 47' Flying header clear from McArdle after a promising move down the left from Gibbs. Never mind - was only Gervinho arriving anyway.
    • 46' The second half starts. Arsenal need to man up. How many times have I said that this season?
    • 45+1 Half-time, 1-0 to Bradford who are good value for their lead, although Gervinho missed an open goal. An actual open goal, like the ones you see on blooper videos.
    • 45' As one minute of added time is signalled, Wells leaves Vermaelen for dead again but curls a long-ranger high and wide.
    • 44' SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! Long ball, flick-on from Hanson and Wells somehow slid into a low finish ahead of Vermaelen, it beat Szczesny but went inches wide of the far post.
    • 43' Wilshere overhits a through-ball for Gervinho, who is quick but not that quick!
    • 42' The replay does Gervinho no favours - the keeper had been beaten by the flat low cross, and it was just Gerv and the net. From six yards. Terrible.
    • 41' GERVINHO WITH A HORRIBLE MISS! Open goal from Gibbs's low cross after a fine passing move, Arsenal finally offering an incisive final ball but a total mis-hit from the Ivorian! One of his worst!
    • 40' Cazorla with a long-range effort that drifts just wide, well a yard or two with the keeper initially worried but realising it was swinging outwards.
    • 39' Free-kick to Bradford on the right which Jones will take, once the defenders have moved up for it... He aims it at big Hanson, but he went too early, offside.
    • 38' Coquelin has been Arsenal's brightest spark - and he hits the post with a low drive after realising Gervinho is not going to make a diagonal run needed to buy space inside the box. Fine low effort.
    • 37' More passing play from Arsenal but the Bradford defence isn't being stretched - it's all very will doing the tiki-taka but the movement needs to match the passing for it to have any impact.
    • 35' Arsenal still passing it about well enough, but the lack of a final ball - and forward movement - is startling.
    • 34' Coquelin takes a high ball on the chest before volleying left-footed about a yard wide! One of Arsenal's better chances.
    • 33' The lack of urgency from Arsenal is bizarre - a goal down to a League Two side, they're passing backwards half the time and the forwards not showing centrally.
    • 31' Now Arsenal have a corner but, after it's initially cleared, a dreadful shot from Wilshere is jeered by the home fans.
    • 30' This time the Jones corner is cleared, by Mertesacker. However his team-mates fail to complete the clearance, Jones getting it back and swinging it into the box where Thompson controls and bicycle-kicks - straight at Szczensy though.
    • 29' Bradford with a bit of respite after what was a decent spell for Arsenal, and from it the exciting Wells wins a corner off Vermaelen after spinning him brilliantly.
    • 28' A poor delivery that Bradford clear. Lofted back in but cleared again.
    • 27' Cazorla is caught late by a clumsy one from McArdle, and it's a free-kick to Arsenal.
    • 26' Better from Arsenal as the sweep it from right to left but Gervinho underhits his pass to Coquelin, who is tackled by Thompson.
    • 25' Cazorla again finds Sagna, but with deliveries like that Bradford may as well give him the freedom of the right.
    • 24' Arsenal really aren't having a good night are they? Passing it well enough - without any real penetration - but defending like children. Sound familiar?
    • 23' OFF THE LINE BY GIBBS! Jones's low corner caught Arsenal napping at the near post, a few bodies flew in but I don't think anyone touched it until Gibbs hacked clear!
    • 22' Another set piece for Bradford on the right, again Jones to take what is a corner this time...
    • 21' Wells again causing problems on the right but he gets his cross in this time, Atkinson unable to meet it as Vermaelen clears.
    • 20' Wilshere and Coquelin fail to combine on the left, much to the home fans' delight.
    • 18' Arsenal look to bite back immediately but rather wisely Bradford have everyone back as they seek to avoid conceding so soon after taking the lead.
    • 17' Atkinson it was with the flick-on - surprising, given he's not one of the bigger lads in there. Terrible marking from Arsenal - McArdle was stood unmarked behind him and could have scored himself. Gary Jones with the initial set piece.
    • 16' GOAL BRADFORD! Arsenal make a total pig's ear of fielding that free-kick, and Thompson pokes it in at the far post!! Incredible!
    • 16' Wells on the right wins a free-kick off the lumbering Vermaelen. The big (BIG) men come up...
    • 15' Lots of space again for Sagna, his cross is headed clear to Cazorla, whose shot is blocked but lands nicely for Sagna - whose second cross is poor.
    • 14' Arsenal have a free-kick which is quickly taken, and wasted. Then Bradford lose control of it while passing around the back and it's an Arsenal throw.
    • 12' Arsenal passing it nicely again on the edge of the Bradford area but they can't pick a spot for a through ball. Instead it's spread wide for Sagna, he dinks it into Wilshere whose cross is met by Podolski - who heads high and wide! Again a good chance.
    • 11' Down the other end Mertesacker stretches to intercept a low ball into the box but he makes a hash of it and Szczesny has to fly out at the feet of Hanson, taking a whack in the process! Good keeping, terrible defending!
    • 10' Vermaelen is unmarked as he rises to meet the corner, but he heads over! Should have been 1-0!
    • 9' Gervinho gets in down the right again, weaving in and out of the defenders but McArdle blocks for a corner.
    • 8' Bradford clear the corner, but Sagna has space for another cross - however, Gervinho punched the cross and is booked for handball.
    • 7' Gervinho is in space on the right, inside to Wilshere now, Arsenal looking to keep the ball.... Now Sagna on the right crosses in but headed behind by Darby as Podolski arrived at the far post. Corner.
    • 6' Gervinho wide to Ramsey, who slips but retains possession and starts a passing move that uses the full width of the pitch.
    • 5' Wells, the Bermuda international, gets past Vermaelen but fouled the Belgian as he tried to clear the long ball. Szczesny saved anyway.
    • 4' Hanson is a handful in the air, standing at 6'4", but he had strayed offside when the cross came in from the right. There are some big lads in this Bradford side - Luke Oliver is 6'7"!
    • 3' Arsenal get forward now with Ramsey on the right, he almost finds the late-arriving Coquelin but his touch lets him down. That was an extended one-two as the Frenchman made the initial pass out wide.
    • 2' Arsenal clear the initial free-kick but Bradford are putting pressure on them and it takes a few more phases of play for Szczesny to get hold of it.
    • 1' Gibbs looks quizically at the ref after clipping the heels of Thompson, who had turned him nicely.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 19:40 Teams are out - needless to say plenty of gloves on show as England dips below zero tonight.
    • 19:35 Mike Dean is tonight's ref. The Wirral native has shown two reds and 52 yellows this season, in 15 matches. As those stats imply, he's not exactly card happy but on occasion will flash them about - as he did when Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1 (eight yellows, one red) and when Watford beat Charlton at the Valley (seven and one).
    • 19:30 MATCH ODDS: Bradford 7/1, Arsenal 4/11, Draw 4/1 (William Hill). My view? A 4-0 win for Arsenal, who have the big guns out in force tonight. Let me know your predictions on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 19:25 Arsene Wenger: "We will have an experienced squad at Bradford. We have a good recovery time ahead of the game at Reading on Monday. So we can use the players we want to use. The only new player who is not available is Olivier Giroud. He got a kick on his back on Saturday. He has not recovered and he will be out."
    • 19:20 Phil Parkinson: "We have to use the passion of our crowd on the night. I think in English football the biggest prize is the Premier League title and then after that it's getting in the Champions League and Arsene Wenger has managed that year in, year out. It'll be a great occasion to have a full house and we have to make sure we have a performance full of commitment and desire."
    • 19:15 Bradford, meanwhile, are unchanged from the weekend, with winger Kyel Reid (groin) and striker Zavon Hines (ankle) unlikely to return before Christmas, while Andrew Davies (knee) is looking at a New Year comeback. Fellow defender Luke Oliver (Achilles) is out for the rest of the season. Loanee Curtis Good - whose involvelemt in the FA Cup saw Bradford expelled pending an appeal - is on the bench.
    • 19:10 A very strong Arsenal XI then, indeed the only absence of note is that of Mikel Arteta, on the bench as Francis Coquelin starts. Olivier Giroud (back), Theo Walcott (calf), Laurent Koscielny (thigh) and Andre Santos (stomach muscle) are out. There is no Andrei Arshavin - at all, not even on the bench.
    • 19:05 TEAMS - Bradford: Duke, Darby, Meredith, Hanson, Thompson, Atkinson, McHugh, G.Jones, Wells, McArdle, Doyle; Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, R.Jones, Connell, Hines, Turgott, Good /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho; Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Squillaci, Rosicky, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Bradford and Arsenal's League Cup quarter-final clash at Valley Parade.
  • Summary

    • - PENS: 3-2 (Bradford): VERMAELEN HITS THE POST! ARSENAL ARE OUT! BRADFORD ARE THROUGH TO THE SEMIS!
    • - PENS: 3-2 (Bradford): Ritchie Jones to win it... SAVED BY SZCZESNY! Terrible penalty, low and weak and straight at Szczesny. Too much pressure.
    • - PENS: 3-2 (Bradford): OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN SCORES - and he had to, miss and it was over. Low, bottom left, no problem.
    • - PENS: 3-1 (Bradford): CONNELL SCORES! Sending Szczesny the wrong way and the ball into the top left.
    • - PENS: 2-1 (Bradford): WILSHERE SCORES! Arsenal back in it as he coolly slots it home.
    • - PENS: 2-0 (Bradford): DARBY MISSES! Poor penalty, low and easy for Szczesny who guessed right.
    • - PENS: 2-0 (Bradford): CHAMAKH HITS THE POST! Genuinely unlucky, inside of the post and away after beating Duke.
    • - PENS: 2-0 (Bradford): JONES SCORES! The set-piece expert sends Szczesny the wrong way and the ball to the left.
    • - PENS: 1-0 (Bradford): CAZORLA MISSES! WHAT A SAVE BY DUKE! Cazorla was going top right but it was a touch too low and Duke guessed right, two hands palming it away!!
    • - PENS: 1-0 (Bradford): DOYLE SCORES! The ex-Hull man beats Szczesny but only just, the keeper getting a touch.
    • 109' CAZORLA HITS THE BAR! A scorching long-range effort from the rather quiet left foot of the Spain man. Keeper beaten all day.
    • 107' Chamakh flicks an angled header wide after a clever diagonal run to meet Cazorla's dead ball - but it flies just wide. Unlucky.
    • 105' Another good piece of keeping by Duke, who rushes out quickly to smother the Ox after Sagna sent him in down the right. Corner.
    • 99' Good save by Duke again as a shot comes in from Wilshere! Corner. Cazorla takes it, Sagna flies in with the header but Jones(R) heads off the line!
    • 96' Brilliant dribble fom Wilshere after a one-two with Chamakh, he should have hit it right-footed but waited to work it to the left, going too wide and blocked by Duke. Corner.
    • 94' Rosicky with a superb through-ball to release Chamakh, who drills it low first time but McArdle slides across to block! Fantastic block!
    • 90+4 Cazorla elects to shoot and it's a fine effort, great save by Duke but it lands for Rosicky whose cross is deflected to Cazorla WHO SHOOTS BOTTOM LEFT BUT TIPPED AWAY BY DUKE!
    • 89' Can Arsenal score again? Not yet, Rosicky sending a curling low effort just wide!
    • 88' Cazorla sends it in but Mertseacker's header is poor. Back with Cazorla, who swings in the cross AND VERMAELEN BURIES IT! 1-1!! Bullet header from the skipper, Arsenal level.
    • 83' Oxlade-Chamberlain should have scored but slipped at the last as he blasted over from a fine Gervinho cut-back. Genuinely dangerous.
    • 79' Duke with a decent low stop after Wilshere tried to go it alone after a mazy run.
    • 71' GOOD SAVE DUKE! Oxlade-Chamberlain's first touch is a fizzing drive that the ex-Hull man bats away! The Ox comes again and wins a corner off McArdle. How often do he and Walcott he look their brightest spark?
    • 59' Oooh Cazorla almost sent Podolski one-on-one but slightly overhit the through ball. Much better movement as the German adopts a more central role.
    • 58' Sagna on the right wing now, lots of space for Coquelin WHO PLAYS ACROSS A SUPER BALL BUT BEHIND PODOLSKI! So close!
    • 44' SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! Long ball, flick-on from Hanson and Wells somehow slid into a low finish ahead of Vermaelen, it beat Szczesny but went inches wide of the far post.
    • 41' GERVINHO WITH A HORRIBLE MISS! Open goal from Gibbs's low cross after a fine passing move, Arsenal finally offering an incisive final ball but a total mis-hit from the Ivorian! One of his worst!
    • 38' Coquelin has been Arsenal's brightest spark - and he hits the post with a low drive after realising Gervinho is not going to make a diagonal run needed to buy space inside the box. Fine low effort.
    • 34' Coquelin takes a high ball on the chest before volleying left-footed about a yard wide! One of Arsenal's better chances.
    • 23' OFF THE LINE BY GIBBS! Jones's low corner caught Arsenal napping at the near post, a few bodies flew in but I don't think anyone touched it until Gibbs hacked clear!
    • 17' Atkinson it was with the flick-on - surprising, given he's not one of the bigger lads in there. Terrible marking from Arsenal - McArdle was stood unmarked behind him and could have scored himself. Gary Jones with the initial set piece.
    • 16' GOAL BRADFORD! Arsenal make a total pig's ear of fielding that free-kick, and Thompson pokes it in at the far post!! Incredible!
    • 12' Arsenal passing it nicely again on the edge of the Bradford area but they can't pick a spot for a through ball. Instead it's spread wide for Sagna, he dinks it into Wilshere whose cross is met by Podolski - who heads high and wide! Again a good chance.
    • 11' Down the other end Mertesacker stretches to intercept a low ball into the box but he makes a hash of it and Szczesny has to fly out at the feet of Hanson, taking a whack in the process! Good keeping, terrible defending!
    • 10' Vermaelen is unmarked as he rises to meet the corner, but he heads over! Should have been 1-0!
    • 19:05 TEAMS - Bradford: Duke, Darby, Meredith, Hanson, Thompson, Atkinson, McHugh, G.Jones, Wells, McArdle, Doyle; Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, R.Jones, Connell, Hines, Turgott, Good /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho; Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Squillaci, Rosicky, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh

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