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1 (3) vs 1 (2)
Played
December 11, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
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 (aet, 3-2 on penalties)

Goalkeeper Matt Duke was the star of the show for the Bantams as they clinched a penalty shoot-out win over Premier League opposition to earn a place in the semi-finals

By Nicholas McGee at Valley Parade

  • Matt Duke
    66
    2
    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 shoot-out.

  • Stephen Darby
    23
    2
    2.50

    Stephen Darby

    At fault for Arsenal's equaliser, a blot on an otherwise fine display. Produced a poor penalty in the shoot-out.

  • James Meredith
    21
    0
    3.00

    James Meredith

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

  • Carl McHugh
    17
    3
    3.00

    Carl McHugh

    The centre-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
    17
    2
    3.00

    Rory McArdle

    Anchored the defence well with his centre-back partner and deserves credit for a solid performance.

  • Garry Thompson
    20
    0
    3.50

    Garry Thompson

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

  • Will Atkinson
    17
    0
    3.00

    Will Atkinson

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

  • Gary Jones
    18
    1
    3.00

    Gary Jones

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

  • Nathan Doyle
    20
    0
    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 shoot-out.

  • James Hanson
    20
    0
    3.00

    James Hanson

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

  • Nahki Wells
    38
    1
    3.50

    Nahki Wells

    Bradford's best outfield player - the striker outmuscled Arsenal's defence on a number of occasions and was unlucky not to find the back of the net.

Substitutions

  • Blair Turgott
    14
    4
    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
    16
    1
    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
    17
    0
    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 defence. Like all of Bradford's play however he never shirked his responsibilities and performed admirably. Scored from the spot.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    96
    42
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Poland international made a number of good saves but could do nothing to prevent Bradford's opener. Saved twice in the shoot-out.

  • Bacary Sagna
    40
    73
    1.50

    Bacary Sagna

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

  • Kieran Gibbs
    45
    65
    2.00

    Kieran Gibbs

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

  • Per Mertesacker
    46
    73
    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
    37
    82
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

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

  • Francis Coquelin
    57
    59
    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
    14
    151
    1.50

    Aaron Ramsey

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

  • Santi Cazorla
    92
    52
    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 shoot-out.

  • Jack Wilshere
    113
    48
    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
    28
    108
    1.50

    Lukas Podolski

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

  • Gervinho
    24
    211
    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
    118
    28
    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
    67
    62
    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
    27
    118
    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 shoot-out.

Results
 
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4 1
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4 1