BRADFORD (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal FC season suffered another huge dent on Tuesday night after the Premier League side was dumped in the quarter-final League Two side Bradford on penalties.
Both teams had played to a 1-1 ties in regular and extra-time, before the home send sealed the win, 3-2, from the spot kicks.
There was no doubt that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger intended to win this trophy this season to end the club’s long run without silverwares and the starting team he picked tonight showed all indications.
However, things got off to a rough start for Arsenal after their zonal marking left Garry Thompson freed on the back post and he volleyed home from close range in the 16th minute from a free-kick that was flicked into his path by Will Atkinson.
Wenger’s side dominated the possession – on 63 to 37, but was let down by the poor attempts in front of the goal.
The visitors did manage to grab a late equalizer when captain Thomas Vermaelen headed home in the 87th minute.
But Vermaelen, along with Santi Cazorla and Marouane Chamakh all missed in the shoot out – allowing Bradford to progress to the semifinals for the first time in club’s history.
Arsenal have also failed to beat Bradford three times now.