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1 (3) vs 1 (2)
Played
December 11, 2012 2:45 PM EST
Coral Windows Stadium — Bradford, West Yorkshire
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 23971‎
 
120+1′ (PSO) Nathan Doyle
Jack Wilshere 120+6′ (PSO)
120+3′ (PSO) Gary Jones
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 120+8′ (PSO)
120+7′ (PSO) Alan Connell
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Bradford City 1-1 Arsenal (3-2 penalties)

Goalkeeper Matt Duke was the star of the show for the Bantams, as they clinched a penalty shootout win over Arsenal.

By Nicholas McGee

  • Matt Duke
    26
    4
    4.00

    Matt Duke Top of the Match

    The hero of hour, Duke made fine saves from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere in the second half and looked composed for the entirety of the contest. Unfortunate to concede after an excellent showing. Crucially saved from Cazorla in the shootout.

  • Stephen Darby
    9
    6
    2.50

    Stephen Darby

    At fault for Arsenal's equalizer, a blot on an otherwise fine display. Produced a poor penalty in the shootout.

  • James Meredith
    11
    5
    3.00

    James Meredith

    The left back marshaled his wing excellently and was a key part of a wonderful defensive effort from the Bantams

  • Carl McHugh
    9
    4
    3.00

    Carl McHugh

    The center back was solid for much of the game but was part of a defensive unit that fell asleep in the last five minutes of normal time.

  • Rory McArdle
    9
    5
    3.00

    Rory McArdle

    Anchored the defense well with his center back partner and deserves credit for a solid performance.

  • Garry Thompson
    9
    5
    3.50

    Garry Thompson

    Volleyed home City's goal, a fine goal that capped a disciplined performance from the midfielder

  • Will Atkinson
    9
    5
    3.00

    Will Atkinson

    Produced an efficient shift in the middle of the park before eventually being replaced by Blair Turgott.

  • Gary Jones
    8
    4
    3.00

    Gary Jones

    His free kick produced the Thompson's goal, and Jones delivered a battling display which helped Bradford dominate in the first half. Was also successful with his spot kick.

  • Nathan Doyle
    7
    4
    3.00

    Nathan Doyle

    Doyle played for the entire 120 minutes and never looked like tiring against a side of much higher quality. Scored in the shootout.

  • James Hanson
    7
    4
    3.00

    James Hanson

    Made a nuisance of himself and never allowed Vermaelen and Mertesacker to rest.

  • Nahki Wells
    18
    4
    3.50

    Nahki Wells

    Bradford's best field player, the striker outmuscled Arsenal's defense on a number of occasions and was unlucky not to find the back of the net.

Substitutions

  • Blair Turgott
    6
    3
    2.00

    Blair Turgott

    Was reduced to the thankless task of chasing long balls and was never able to make any sort of impression on the game.

  • Ritchie Jones
    7
    2
    2.00

    Ritchie Jones

    Came on for Wells in the second period but never came close to having the same impact as Arsenal controlled proceedings. Missed his penalty.

  • Alan Connell
    7
    2
    3.00

    Alan Connell

    The second-half substitute did not have much of a chance to get forward and had to most of his work in defense. Like all of Bradford's play, however, he never shirked his responsibilities and performed admirably. Scored from the spot.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    43
    8
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Poland international made a number of good saves but could do nothing top prevent Bradford's opener. Saved twice in the shootout.

  • Bacary Sagna
    15
    17
    1.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Blameless for Arsenal's poor defensive display, and got forward with increasing regularity as the contest wore on.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    13
    14
    2.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    One of the Gunners' better players, the fullback looked dangerous on the attack and was relatively solid defensively

  • Per Mertesacker
    12
    17
    1.50

    Per Mertesacker

    The German struggled to handle Bradford's aerial approach for much of the evening but had little to do in the latter part of the game.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    9
    26
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Took a long time to settle defensively but was always a threat from set-pieces and was excellently placed to head home Arsenal's leveler. Missed the decisive penalty.

  • Francis Coquelin
    14
    11
    2.00

    Francis Coquelin

    Another bright spot for Arsenal, Coquelin delivered an energetic performance and was unlucky not to score in the first half.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    6
    31
    1.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Anonymous in the midfield, a poor performance from the Welshman. Replaced by Rosicky.

  • Santi Cazorla
    23
    17
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    The Spaniard did his best create attacking opportunities and finally found a way through when his cross was nodded in by Vermaelen. Crashed a thunderous effort against the bar in extra time, but missed a vital penalty in the shootout.

  • Jack Wilshere
    25
    10
    2.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Struggled to have much of an impact on the game in the first half, but became more of an influence as the game grew on. Slotted home his penalty comfortably.

  • Lukas Podolski
    15
    22
    1.50

    Lukas Podolski

    Starved of service, should have headed Arsenal ahead in the first 10 minutes. Substituted early in the second half

  • Gervinho
    7
    53
    1.00

    Gervinho Flop of the Match

    Missed a gilt-edged chance towards the end of the opening period. Failed to create much of note, disappointing from the Ivorian.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    31
    8
    2.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Brought on midway through the second period to increase Arsenal's creativity and certainly had an impact as he help Arsenal overwhelm a tiring Bradford in the latter stages.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    18
    13
    2.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    His presence gave the Gunners more energy and the England youngster was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet. Easily dispatched his penalty.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    10
    27
    1.50

    Marouane Chamakh

    The Frenchman was never given a sniff of a chance by the Bradford defenders and endured a frustrating evening which was capped off when he missed in the shootout.

Results
 
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4 1
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4 1