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December 11, 2012
• Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 23971
G. Thompson 16'
Bradford City won 3 - 2 on penalties
T. Vermaelen 88'
Bradford to go first....
Thank you for sticking with us, I have been Andy Sixsmith - catch you soon!
Wow. What drama. Bradford looked to have won it, only for Arsenal to peg them back in normal time and penalties. But this Bradford team does not lose penalty shootouts. They produce a huge giant killing to dump Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup.
BRADFORD ARE THROUGH TO THE SEMI-FINAL OF THE CAPITAL ONE CUP BEATING ARSENAL 3-2 ON PENALTIES!!!!
ARSENAL MISS!! (Vermaelen)
BRADFORD MISS!! (JONES)
ARSENAL SCORE!! (Oxlade-Chamberlain)
BRADFORD SCORE!! (Connell)
ARSENAL SCORE!! (Wilshere)
BRADFORD MISS!! (Darby)
ARSENAL MISS!! (Chamakh)
BRADFORD SCORE!! (Jones)
ARSENAL MISS!! (Cazorla)
BRADFORD SCORE!! (Doyle)
120' + 10'
Pen SO Miss Thomas Vermaelen
120' + 9'
Pen SO Miss Ritchie Jones
120' + 8'
Pen SO Goal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
120' + 7'
Pen SO Goal Alan Connell
120' + 6'
Pen SO Goal Jack Wilshere
120' + 5'
Pen SO Miss Stephen Darby
120' + 4'
Pen SO Miss Marouane Chamakh
120' + 3'
Pen SO Goal Gary Jones
120' + 2'
Pen SO Miss Santi Cazorla
120' + 1'
Pen SO Goal Nathan Doyle
Yellow Card James Hanson
I repeat. Bradford are pretty good at penalties. Eight consecutive penalty shootouts win say so.
I'm glad to tell Bradford fans and sorry to tell Arsenal fans that this one is heading for the dreaded penalties. Two and a half minutes for one side to say otherwise.
Another waste. This time, Marouane Chamakh badly underhits a pass as Oxlade-Chamberlain steps up to hit the target. Really poor by the Moroccan.
Such a waste. Arsenal have players queuing up in the area, but Oxlade-Chamberlain can only blaze a deep cross behind for a goal kick. Time running out.
Into the last eight minutes. If Arsenal do want to find a winner, I suggest they find either Tomas Rosicky or Santi Cazorla - the pair have been mercurial.
WOODWORK! Santi Cazorla has really demonstrated his class more and more as the match has gone on and he sends a rasping 25-yard drive smacking against Matt Duke's crossbar. Inches away from what would surely be a winning goal.
And Chamakh glances wide from a delicious Cazorla delivery. Arsenal have 14 minutes to prevent this from going to the penalty lottery.
Arsenal straight back onto the front foot. Corner.
Half time in extra time. The Bradford rearguard action stands firm. Can it for a further 15 minutes? We're off again...
The chances are starting to rack up for Arsenal now. More good build up play leads to Sagna's cross lopping up to the back post, but Gibbs can only nod over from close range. Bradford weathering the storm at the moment.
Just as a heads up.... Bradford have won eight consecutive penalty shoot-outs. Just saying.
Real chance. Gibbs who has raided well down the left on numerous occasions sends a thumping drive straight at Duke. The corner is eventually cleared by Bradford but it's now incessant pressure on their goal.
Wow. What play by Jack Wilshere who dances, Messi-like, through the Bradford defence, but he neglects to shoot until the last second and Duke crowds him out. Brazillian trickery from the little midfielder who has been exceptional tonight.
You can't over-estimate the difference Tomas Rosicky has made since coming onto the field. The classy Czech has glided round the field and has given the Arsenal midfield a definite spring in their step.
This is a rapid start to extra-time. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is insistent there's a handball in the area he prepares to fire home but that would have been very, very harsh.
Yellow Card Thomas Vermaelen
First real chance for the home side to throw one into the area, but even that is dealt with comfortably by the Arsenal team.
Bradford after all their effort and courage in the normal 90 minutes looked out on their feet in stoppage time. Arsenal suddenly found a bit of zip. And just in the nick of time too.
We are good to go in the first half of extra-time. Who's your money on?
90' + 4'
Wow. What a chance to end the 90 minutes in Bradford. Cazorla's free-kick is well saved by Duke and the rebound produces an even better stop by the Bradford custodian. It's extra time....
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Nathan Doyle
90' + 3'
Santi Cazorla playing his own game of keep-ball on the edge of the Bradford area, before being chopped down. Free-kick... 25 yards out...
90' + 2'
And as Kieran Gibbs is flagged offside, this one seems to be heading to extra-time. Can Bradford shake that building lactic acid from their legs and face up to what surely, will be an Arsenal onslaught in the extra 30?
90' + 1'
Four minutes added on in Yorkshire.
The Arsenal fans chanting that their team is the greatest team the world has ever seen. Tongue firmly in cheek I'm assuming. Because on this evidence, you couldn't work out who was the Premier League side.
What's the price on an Arsenal winner now then?
Assist Santi Cazorla
Goal Thomas Vermaelen
GOOAAALLL!! This is a hammer blow, an absolute hammer blow for brave Bradford City. Cazorla's first corner is cleared but his second attempt is a peach and Thomas Vermaelen stoops to nod home at the far post. Big, big goal for Arsene Wenger. His side have got out of jail for now.
Better by Arsenal but again, as has been the story of the whole evening, they lack the finish. Gervinho springs to the by-line but his cutback is blazed over by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Bradford five minutes away from an unbelievable upset.
Jack Wilshere is starting to run the game. Shame he has only eight minutes to save it but he's the only one right now in an Arsenal shirt who looks likely.
When you're about to be unceremoniously dumped out of the cup, I'm sure Arsenal fans weren't overly delighted to see Marouane Chamakh enter the fray. By my reckoning, he's given the ball away every time he's touched the ball so far. At least the lad's consistent.
Arsenal really flattering to deceive at Bradford. Lots of lovely, intricate build up but no end product still as we prepare to enter the final ten minutes. The onslaught has yet to materialise.
Arsenal will be very, very glad to see the back of Nakhi Wells. The 22-year-old has run the Gunners' defence ragged tonight.
Less than twenty minutes left for Arsenal to save their League Cup campaign. Twenty minutes for Bradford to reach dreamland.
Ah. First shot on target for Arsenal - substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends a stinging drive in, but it's straight at Duke. Bradford retreating ever deeper into their own half...
Yellow Card Nahki Wells
Credit to Bradford. Real credit. Far from simply hanging on, they're springing forward whenever they get chance too and are causing hesitancy in the Arsenal defence every time they do. Per Mertesacker has to be alert to clear after another impressive Wells break.
Less than half an hour remains in Yorkshire. Bradford are on course for a famous cup win and a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals. (Apologies for any future jinxes)
How Gervinho has stayed on the field, only Arsene Wenger will know. The Ivorian this time gets his build up play spot on, but his finish, again, lacks composure and he drags a shot well wide.
This is dangerous for Bradford. Arsenal are winding things up in the final third and starting to open up the home side's defence on a regular basis. This time, Lukas Podolski's cut back eludes everyone and Bradford can clear.
Gervinho is doing very little to dispel the recent criticism he's been under. A lovely ball out from the back finds the Ivorian, but he dillies, dallies and then gives the ball away to end yet another Gunners attack.
Chance. Glorious chance for Arsenal. Lightning fast counter-attack by the away side leads to Cazorla pulling it back for Ramsey, but the Welshman fires wastefully wide. Arsenal still yet to test Matt Duke in the Bradford goal.
Arsenal eventually deal with a cross, but the pressure is immediately back on the Premier League side - Bradford corner.
If Bradford play as well as they did in the first half, a Cupset is very much on. But Arsenal are the top scorers in this season's competition. And with a sniff of a trophy in their nostrils, don't expect Arsene Wenger's side to go quietly.
The second half is up and away. And what an important 45 minutes for both sides. For very different reasons.
Bradford 1-0 Arsenal. Garry Thompson's excellent volley the difference between the two sides on a cold night at Valley Parade. Arsenal have fizzed the ball about nicely but only fashioned one clear chance. And even for Gervinho, they don't come much clearer. The Ivorian puts wide from 2 yards out. Catch you back here in 15 minutes.
That's all she wrote and half time. Bradford will be delighted. Arsenal will be furious. They go in a goal down. But for all those despairing Gunners out there, remember last time you went in at half time behind in a Capital One Cup tie? Watch this space...
Wow. Bradford could be two up. Another Hanson flick-on is gobbled up by Wells but the youngster's shot slides agonisingly wide of Szczesny's goal. This has been a fine half from the home side.
Gervinho. Gervinho. Gervinho. I...words can't describe this miss. But I'll try. Lovely, slick build up play from the Gunners leads to Kieran Gibbs sliding a perfect ball across the six-yard box. You'd have bet your house on anyone scoring. Apart from the Ivorian who shins inexplicably wide. Arsene Wenger is disgusted and well he might be.
You get the sense that Arsenal are starting to warm up, no mean feat on a baltic evening like tonight. Bradford should be really worried at how much space Cazorla is picking up between midfield and defence and the Spaniard fires another swinging sighter wide of Matt Duke's goal. Five minutes until the break.
Better from Arsenal as suddenly Bradford are put under pressure. Francis Coquelin dances through the home side's rear guard before slamming a shot off the outside of the post. Santi Cazorla follows up thirty seconds later with a wild effort, driven high over the bar.
Kieran Gibbs is doing his best to provide that spark, raiding well down the left wing in support of Lukas Podolski. But the young left-back is penalised for a handball as he smashes a volley inches wide. Dare I say it, but Bradford looking steady here.
Hum. Jack Wilshere won't want to watch this back. A Cazorla corner is only cleared as far as the England international, but he leans back and slices high, wide and not so handsome wide of goal. Arsenal lacking a major spark at Valley Parade.
Steve Bould will be tearing whatever hair he has left out tonight. Again, Arsenal fail to deal properly with a corner and the ball eventually drops to Garry Thompson, but the scorer can only swivel a drive straight at Szczesny.
Or Podolski territory. The German smashes it straight into the wall though. Although on second looks, there was a raised arm. But few protests from the Arsenal players. Bradford stand firm.
Bradford are doing a wonderful job of stifling the Gunners' midfield right now. A lot of softly, softly, catchy monkey going on around the edge of the area but zero end product. Free-kick though now 25 yards out and central. Cazorla territory you feel.
Arsenal are definitely doing their bit to discourage zonal marking. The home side look dangerous every time they get a set piece, with the latest installment leading to a scrambled clearance from the Gunners. Encouraging if you're a Bradford fan.
Halfway through the first half at Valley Parade then and it's easy to see who'll be the happier manager in the dugout. Arsene Wenger is fuming. Plenty of time left though.
The game quickly settles back down into the Arsenal possession trend but Bradford are now quite content to sit back and soak up any pressure. A dangerous game, but in all honesty, who can blame them?
Arsenal look positively stunned by that Bradford breakthrough. Valley Parade seems stunned. A major Cupset is on the cards in Yorkshire.
Assist Will Atkinson
Goal Garry Thompson
GOOAAALL!!! The free-kick DOES lead to a chance and a lovely finish for Garry Thompson, who volleys in at the back stick with Szczesny unable to keep it out. Arsenal's defending was...woeful at best.
Arsenal, as expected having buckets of possession at Valley Parade, but as of yet, are failing to fashion many clear opportunities. Bradford have a free-kick by the right corner flag and a chance to swing one in at pace.
Decent start here. Szczesny does well to dive and retrieve a loose ball which Hanson was close to stabbing past him, before, at the other end, Wilshere's clipped cross is header over the bar by Podolski.
Cazorla, as expected, is at the centre of everything. First, Gervinho races on to a gorgeous chipped pass behind the defence and turns McHugh inside out, but attempted cut-back is blocked. From the subsequent corner, Cazorla finds Vermaelen, but he can't keep a free header down.
Yellow Card Gervinho
Sagna is having some joy getting forward on the right. His first cross is well headed behind by Darby, with Podolski lurking at the back post. Cazorla's corner comes to nothing but the Gunners work it back out to their right-back, who picks out Gervinho. The Ivorian's header is saved, though, and he fouled a defender anyway.
A long header clear is not dealt with well by Vermaelen, who lets the ball bounce, and Wells boisterously nips in to advance on goal before stabbing a shot that Szczesny gets down to save. The whistle goes again, though, as Wells pushed Vermaelen in the back a little too aggressively.
Bradford have a big man up front in Hanson, who wins a header in the box from Darby's cross and knocks the ball down. He's flagged for offside before anyone can get hold of the loose ball, though.
Good play between Coquelin and Cazorla results in the Frenchman picking out Ramsey on the right, but his low cross is too powerful and Coquelin can't control it.
Good early signs for the hosts. Gibbs fouls Atkinson on the Bradford right and a short free-kick is slid in to Thompson, who can't get great contact on his cross after slipping in an attempt to evade his marker. It's cleared, but there was a couple of Bradford shirts lining up in dangerous positions.
We're underway at Valley Parade.
As we await kick-off, here's Chris Teale: "The players emerge onto the pitch at Valley Parade into a cauldron of noise. The stadium is rocking for this game, and is packed to the rafters full of home fans hoping to see another famous upset."
What of Arsenal's opponents tonight? Bradford are managed by Phil Parkinson, previously of Charlton, Hull and Colchester, and currently sit in 4th place in League Two. They were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2000-01 season and have not been back in the top flight since.
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.
Arsene Wenger has called upon a strong side for tonight's match at Valley Parade, with the Gunners not due to play in the Premier League until Monday evening. They are, of course, making another attempt at clinching their first silverware since the FA Cup in 2005.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live play-by-play coverage of Arsenal's Capital One Cup quarter-final against Bradford City.
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