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League Cup

  • 11 December 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 23971

Bradford City won 3 - 2 on penalties

Bradford City - Arsenal Preview: Gunners hoping to avoid giant-killing in Capital One Cup

Bradford City - Arsenal Preview: Gunners hoping to avoid giant-killing in Capital One Cup

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The visitors will look to book their place in the semi-final, but will have to make it past a Bantams side who have already taken one Premier League scalp this campaign



Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Meredith
Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Atkinson
Hanson, Wells

Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Squillaci, Gibbs
Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Gervinho

Bradford have no fresh injury concerns coming into the tie, with striker Zavon Hines (ankle) and winger Kyel Reid (groin) both making good progress but unlikely to return before Christmas. Luke Oliver (Achilles) is out for the rest of the season, while Andrew Davies (knee) looks set to return in January.

Arsenal fielded a weakened squad during their 7-5 victory over Reading in October, but Arsene Wenger has insisted that, while one or two players will be rotated, he will be fielding a strong side here. One of those set to miss out is Bacary Sagna, who is still suffering from an ankle problem.

Abou Diaby (thigh) is thought to be around two weeks away from a return, while Laurent Koscielny (thigh) and Theo Walcott (calf) are also sidelined. Andre Santos could return from an abdominal injury that has kept him out for the past few weeks.

With the Gunners likely to rotate in some capacity, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky could partner Mikel Arteta in the centre of midfield, allowing Wenger to rest Jack Wilshere and the influential Santi Cazorla.

  • There have been 25 previous clashes between the two sides, with 11 going Arsenal’s way, nine Bradford’s and five ending in a draw.

  • The Bantams have already taken one Premier League scalp this campaign, beating Wigan on penalties at the DW Stadium in October.
  • The hosts boast the best home defensive record in League Two, having conceded just six times in 11 matches at Valley Parade.
  • Bradford have only lost once in their last 12 fixtures.
  • Arsenal currently have the second-best defensive record on the road in the Premier League this season, conceding just six in eight games.
  • Mikel Arteta (pictured, right) has made an average of 87.1 passes per game this season, the third-most of any player in Europe's top five leagues behind Manchester United's Michael Carrick (88.1) and Barcelona's Xavi (98.8).
  • The Gunners have not won the League Cup since 1993, and have not won a single trophy since 2005.

Players to watch

N. Wells

Position: Attacker

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The 22-year-old has been in sparkling form for the Bantams this season, with 14 goals to his name in all competitions this term. The Bermudian is brave, intelligent in his movement and is lightning quick on the ball. As if that wasn’t enough, he is also more than capable of hitting a scorcher from distance. The Gunners’ back line will have to ensure that the space in behind them is minimal to limit the threat of Wells’ pace.

T. Rosický

Position: Midfielder

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The Czech Republic international has suffered a frustrating period on the sidelines since aggravating an achilles injury at Euro 2012 during the summer. But his return to fitness is a huge boost for Arsenal, as his intelligent play and urgency with the ball raises the tempo of the Gunners’ game and forces the opposition into making mistakes. Rosicky will look to dictate the play from deep in midfield, but will also get forward in attack and add to the visitors’ goal threat.

Editor's Prediction

Bradford are on a fantastic run at the moment and will be brimming with confidence after claiming the scalp of Wigan in October. However, Arsene Wenger may see the Capital One Cup as the key to ending Arsenal’s trophyless spell and, with the Frenchman planning to field a strong side, it is hard to see past the Gunners on this occasion.

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