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Coral Windows Stadium, England

Referee: M Dean | Attendance: 23971

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Bradford City

  • Garry Thompson 16'

(3) 1 - 1 (2)



  • Thomas Vermaelen 88'
  • 122'

    Let's just put that into context, a full strength Arsenal side have been knocked out of the League Cup by a team in fourth in the old fourth division. Bradford are 64 places below them in the pyramid. Amazing scenes. Stay tuned to ESPNFC for reaction, of which there will be plenty.

  • 122'

    Oh to be a fly on the wall inside the Arsenal dressing room. That was a terrible performance, lacking the heart and desire to prosper on nights like this. Only Wilshere can emerge with some credit, and perhaps Cazorla, though his penalty was weak.

  • 122'

    A mini pitch invasion is finally cleared and Phil Parkinson and his side can take the acclaim they rightly deserve. Few Bradford fans will ever forget this one. I don't think Arsenal or Wenger will either.

  • 122'

    Vermaelen sent Duke the wrong way but hit the post and literally walked right off the pitch. An incredible achievement for Bradford. What now for Arsenal?

  • 122'

    Vermaelen misses! Bradford are through!

  • 122'

    Vermaelen must score now.....

  • 122'

    What a save! Szczesny makes a vital stop!

  • 122'

    Still, Bradford to win it. Ritchie Jones.....

  • 122'

    GOAL A super penalty, low into the corner and fierce. Bradford 3-2 Arsenal.

  • 122'

    The Ox steps up.....

  • 122'

    GOAL Connell hits back and it is Bradford 3-1 Arsenal.

  • 122'

    GOAL Wilshere scores and it is on. Bradford 1-2 Arsenal.

  • 122'

    Darby misses! A poor penalty and Szczesny makes a fine save low down. It's not over yet.

  • 122'

    Chamakh misses! He hits the post.

  • 122'

    Chamakh next....

  • 122'

    GOAL Gary Jones next for City and he . Bradford 2-0 Arsenal.

  • 122'

    Cazorla misses! A fine save from Duke! Still Bradford 1-0 Arsenal.

  • 122'

    GOAL Doyle first for Bradford, and scores! Szczesny got a hand to it but it was well struck. Bradford 1-0 Arsenal.

  • 122'

    Arsenal win the coin toss to decide which end the penalties are taken from, Bradford the order - they will go first.

  • 121'

    They've won three penalty shoot outs in three competitions this season already!

  • 121'

    Remember that stat - Bradford have won their last EIGHT shoot outs.

  • 121'

    Cazorla fires in a shot, Duke prevents the corner and that's it - PENALTIES!

  • 120'

    Last chance for Arsenal as a free kick is awarded. One minute added time...

  • 119'

    Hanson gives away a free kick and is carded for his barge. Another few second wasted...

  • 118'

    Turgott wins a free kick on the halfway line as he tried to turn Mertesacker. They are 90 seconds away.

  • 117'

    Delivery from wide areas has been poor. The Ox is the culprit this time.

  • 116'

    Now an awful cross from Rosicky as Arsenal move the ball side to side. Even Wenger turns away in frustration after that one.

  • 115'

    Turgott looks raw - he miscontrols the ball out of play in the corner. Bradford happy for it to remain there though.

  • 114'

    Gervinho wouldn't get in Bradford's team on his performance tonight. He has a chance to slide The Ox in but criminally under hits it allowing Meredith to slide in.

  • 113'

    Seven minutes and counting.....

  • 112'

    That's not such a good effort from Cazorla as he slices a shot wide from 20 yards.

  • 111'

    Gary Jones intercepts as The Ox tries to jink into the box. He's worked tirelessly tonight.

  • 110'

    And finally, a bit of noise from the home fans. They need the help.

  • 109'

    A brief pause from the onslaught as Chamakh is flagged offside.

  • 108'

    Cazorla rattles the bar! A superb swerving, dipping effort from 30 yards that beats Duke but not the bar.

  • 107'

    Chamakh meets Cazorla's corner at the near post and his glancing header flashes past the far top corner.

  • 106'

    We restart swiftly, with 15 minutes left until the lottery of a shootout.

  • 105'

    Bradford have done half a job - they've held on until HT in ET and just 15 minutes are left before penalties.

  • 104'

    A desperate saving tackle from Meredith as The Ox trotted into the box. Corner.

  • 103'

    Another cross from Sagna, it flicks off Chamakh but then Gibbs nods over at the back stick.

  • 102'

    It looks likes Bradford's best hope now in penalties, and that would suit them having won their last eight shoot outs.

  • 101'

    That's another poor cross from The Ox but Darby concedes a corner anyway.

  • 100'

    Too tight from Oxlade-Chamberlain who does well to keep the ball in but then fails to when crossing.

  • 98'

    This has now turned into the siege many people were expecting as Duke denies Gibbs this time at the near post.

  • 98'

    Very quiet from the home supporters - they should be raising the roof now and lifting their team.

  • 97'

    Lovely movement from Wilshere and a tricksy one-two with Chamakh leaves him in on goal but he waits far too long, then refuses to hit the ball with his right and only wins a corner.

  • 95'

    Bradford look knackered now; Arsenal, this is your time.

  • 94'

    The Ox has a lunging shot from Rosicky's pull back well blocked then Chamakh can't get a shot on target. Bantams looking leggy.

  • 93'

    Meanwhile Blair Turgott replaces Atkinson for Bradford.

  • 92'

    A card for Arsenal's captain for an elbowy looking shove on Connell.

  • 91'

    We are off and running in extra time...

  • 90'

    FT Sunderland 3-0 Reading. A big win for Martin O'Neill and bad bad news for Reading.

  • 90'

    FT Norwich 1-4 Villa. Lambert enjoys a triumphant return to his old club.

  • 90'

    Superb double save from Duke! Cazorla's free kick and then his subsequent smash from the edge of the box both repelled and that is that - EXTRA TIME to come!

  • 90'

    Doyle gives away a free kick as we enter the final minute. Cazorla over it.

  • 90'

    Norwich 1-4 Villa, Benteke with the settler.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added time.

  • 88'

    Villa are through to the semis it seems, Wiemann has scored again to put them 3-1 up at Norwich.

  • 88'

    Now Rosicky fires wide from the edge of the box. The next question is, can Arsenal avoid extra time?

  • 87'

    The corner was nodded right back to Cazorla and his deep delivery finds Vermaelen free to nod into the net.

  • 86'

    GOAL Vermaelen breaks Bradford hearts!

  • 85'

    Chamakh finds Cazorla on the edge and his shot is deflected behind for a corner.

  • 84'

    Such a lack of options for whoever is in possession for Arsenal. Bradford packed tightly together, as a free kick trundles through to Duke after Wilshere was fouled.

  • 83'

    Better from Arsenal but again Gervinho's cutback doesn't find a blue shirt running onto it. In the end The Ox slides in and fires an effort wide.

  • 82'

    Arsene Wenger comes onto the pitch to return the ball for an Arsenal free kick.

  • 81'

    Chamakh strays offside from Wilshere's pass to groans from the away end. They are fast running out of patience.

  • 80'

    Bradford City to win, with bet365  
    Arsenal to win, with bet365  

  • 80'

    Goal in East Anglia and Villa are 2-1 up through Andreas Wiemann.

  • 79'

    Good save from Duke as Wilshere fires in a shot from 20 yards out. It bounced just in front of the keeper.

  • 78'

    No second half goals in our other games either by the way.

  • 77'

    This is Arsenal remember - the team who scored SEVEN at Reading in the last round haven't found the net once against a League Two side. Yet.

  • 76'

    Excellent give and go between Connell and Jones wins a Bradford free kick wide right but it is a tired one from Atkinson.

  • 75'

    Bradford City to win, with bet365  
    Arsenal to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Connell is a striker by the way so no chance of Parkinson trying to completely shut up shop just yet.

  • 73'

    Nakhi Wells goes off after an excellent shift. Alan Connell is on.

  • 72'

    Darby watches a stray Ox cross go out for a goal kick. Nervous tension abounds.

  • 72'

    The goalscorer Thompson is replaced by Ritchie Jones.

  • 71'

    Now Jones sticks a leg out to turn Gervinho's cross behind. They are starting to tire but that Chamakh effort will give them a little breather.

  • 70'

    The Ox has an immediate impact - a shot is blocked then his cross is nodded behind for a corner.

  • 69'

    Arsenal changes, Rosicky and Oxlade-Chamberlain replace Ramsey and Podolski.

  • 68'

    Now Wells tries to mug Vermaelen but is whistled for a free kick. He should be careful not to give the linesman too much grief either, having just been booked.

  • 67'

    Wells is a bit too eager to nick the ball from Wilshere and is carded for a late kick.

  • 65'

    So, just 23 minutes left. They couldn't could they? James Dall is doing his nut in the office (Arsenal fan).

  • 64'

    Space opening up for Bradford on the counter as Wells again looks lively in the box but Ramsey blocks Atkinson's shot.

  • 63'

    Wells and Hanson attempt to link again but Arsenal come clear, not to great effect though. There's no incision at all.

  • 62'

    Vermaelen is not happy with Mike Dean as Hanson wins another free kick.

  • 61'

    Ramsey has taken a nasty blow to the face as he nodded a ball Hanson tried to flick away. That looked painful.

  • 60'

    Bradford City to win, with bet365  
    Arsenal to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Time for Chamakh - that's how bad things have got. Coquelin makes way.

  • 59'

    Another poor cameo from Gervinho as he gets into the box and gets the ball back from Cazorla before dragging a poor shot wide.

  • 58'

    Fitness will come into it now, in terms of being able to stick to the task and concentrating properly.

  • 57'

    Now Cazorla's poked through ball for Ramsey is just too strong. Arsenal starting to get anxious here.

  • 55'

    A great opening for Coquelin as he drifts into the box and crosses but it bisects two Arsenal players.

  • 54'

    Gervinho is not having a good night, as he chests a long ball he can't make his mind up to go right or left and in the end he runs it out to Podolski who gives away a goal kick.

  • 53'

    First good chance of the half for Arsenal as Cazorla squares for Ramsey whose first touch sets up a shooting chance but he's shanked it wide from 16 yards.

  • 51'

    Plenty of pluck from Bradford this half, as Wells thinks he's won another corner but Coquelin gets the decision. Roles reversed now though as the Frenchman fouls the Bermudan.

  • 50'

    Wells remains onside as a long ball is pumped over the top - the winger wins another corner.

  • 49'

    Hanson has Vermaelen worried with his physical prowess. The Belgian gives him a nudge from behind and Bradford win another free kick.

  • 48'

    A decent break from Bradford as Wells again looks for Hanson. Those two have linked up well.

  • 47'

    Arsenal will more than likely turn this round I know, but imagine if they were beaten at Bradford with essentially a first team line up fielded?

  • 46'

    We begin again. Can Bradford hold out?


    Garry Thompson celebrates his strike for Bradford


    So elsewhere, it is Norwich 1-1 Aston Villa in the other League Cup quarter. And in the Premier League Sunderland lead Reading 2-0 at the break. Keep in touch with it all on our live scores page.

  • 45'

    A bad tackle on Wilshere from Nathan Doyle, late and right on his ankle. Hearts in mouths for a moment but Wilshere seems ok. Not even a card. Blimey. And that is HALF TIME.

  • 44'

    What a chance! Wells gets on to Hanson's flicks, gets it past Vermaelen and pokes past Szczesny .... but the ball trickles the wrong side of the post. So close.

  • 43'

    Gervinho fails to connect with another pass this time but it isn't his fault this time as Wilshere overhits the pass.

  • 42'

    Maybe he expected the 'keeper to cut that ball out but that is a terrible, terrible miss.

  • 41'

    How has Gervinho missed that?! Beautifully worked to the left where Podolski feeds Gibbs but his cross is missed by Gervinho who is no more than four yards out. Wow.

  • 40'

    Phil Parkinson must be praying his side can hold out until half time and then give the pep talk of his life.

  • 39'

    Cazorla cuts across the ball from range but it can't bend enough to trouble the net.

  • 38'

    Hanson is penalised for a hand in the back of Mertesacker - he was offside too.

  • 37'

    Thompson wins another free kick deep in Arsenal territory. Hanson the target again.

  • 36'

    So close for Coquelin after a lovely touch on the edge of the box - he hits the post then as the ball is recycled Cazorla fires over at the back post.

  • 35'

    Balls into Arsenal's box are definitely the way forward for Bradford, who are lumping it in from throw ins too. Szczesny claims this one but only after it bounces.

  • 34'

    Ramsey slips on the ice cold turf and hands Bradford a goal kick. He shanked the ball against his other foot.

  • 33'

    So, a third of the game gone and Bradford in front. No wonder Wenger looks a worried man.

  • 32'

    Again Bradford sitting in a solid formation, and Gibbs is penalised for handball before he lashes a shot just wide.

  • 30'

    Bradford City to win, with bet365  
    Arsenal to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Good desire to head clear from another Arsenal corner before Wilshere shanks his attempt wide from the edge of the box.

  • 29'

    Another goal for Sunderland and a lovely one too as Steven Fletcher back-flicks Danny Rose's cross into the net. Sunderland 2-0 Reading.

  • 28'

    Wells is a bright spark for Bradford as he turns to the byline well and wins a corner.

  • 27'

    Podolski takes and hits the wall, to cheers from the home fans.

  • 26'

    Cazorla wins a free kick after being clipped late by McArdle. Set piece 25 yards out and central. That spells danger.

  • 25'

    Bradford's screen in front of the back four working well on a narrow pitch.

  • 24'

    And so it proves as a near post corner is cleared off the line by Gibbs! A bit of a scramble ensues before the left back whacks clear.

  • 23'

    Now Hanson is lively again to win a corner for the home side. Set pieces represent good chances for them.

  • 22'

    Bradford have grown in confidence since the goal - it is a cliche, but a true one. All of a sudden Arsenal look a little perturbed.

  • 20'

    Bradford City to win, with bet365  
    Arsenal to win, with bet365  

  • 20'

    Goals to tell you about at Carrow Road - Steve Morison gave Norwich the lead but Villa are level inside two minutes thanks to Brett Holman.

  • 19'

    It was pretty shoddy from Arsenal's point of view - their zonal system allowing Thompson to lurk at the back post. Szczesny could have done better too.

  • 18'

    Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised - Garry Thompson scored his first Bradford goal in a League Cup tie back in August against Watford. Clearly likes the challenge of playing bigger sides.

  • 17'

    The ball comes in, is flicked on by Atkinson and Thompson volleys home at the back stick! Incredible scenes at Valley Parade!

  • 16'

    GOAL Bradford have scored! Stunning!

  • 15'

    Bradford City to win, with bet365  
    Arsenal to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Now Hanson does well to win a free kick off Vermaelen. Chance for Bradford wide right.

  • 14'

    Arsenal are getting closer here, Cazorla has a shot blocked, Sagna crosses again but Duke claims.

  • 13'

    Ramsey loses the ball in midfield but does well to win it back and a free kick to boot.

  • 12'

    Gervinho is the latest to be caught offside but again it looks like the linesman may have got that one wrong.

  • 11'

    Now Wilshere dinks a little ball into the box for Podolski, who was borderline offside, but the German nods over. Arsenal looking dangerous.

  • 10'

    Mertesacker nearly tees up a chance for Hanson after looping up an attempted ball to the front man. Szczesny is out to collect bravely.

  • 9'

    Now Vermaelen has a free header from the corner and nods over from ten yards. Good chance.

  • 8'

    Super ball from Cazrola as Gervinho is released but though Wilshere was screaming for it he tries to go alone and ends up with a corner.

  • 7'

    The corner is cleared, then as it is returned Gervinho goes up with an arm, punches it towards goal and is promptly booked. Looked a little harsh as his jump with the defender partially caused the arm raise.

  • 6'

    Excellent cross in from Sagna and Darby nods behind for a corner.

  • 5'

    Wells gives Vermaelen a hard time as a ball loops over the top - Mike Dean blows for a foul to the relief of the centre back.

  • 4'

    James Hanson is going to be Bradford's target man, and he wins a knock down in the box, but was three yards offside when the ball came in.

  • 3'

    A goal in the north east already - James McClean has fired home after the ball broke loose from a corner. Sunderland 1-0 Reading.

  • 2'

    The pitch looks reasonably good, if a little frosty. Arsenal knocking it about alright at the moment, despite a dangerous ball being lumped into their box.

  • 1'



    Of course, there are two other games going on this evening - the other quarter final on tonight is between Norwich and Aston Villa at Carrow Road - tin-hat time for Paul Lambert I'd suggest. In the Premier League it is Sunderland vs Reading the proverbial six-pointer. I'll keep you up to date, naturally. When do I not?


    Can the Bantams be inspired by their biggest crowd at Valley Parade for 52 years? And what will Santi Cazorla make of it all?! We're about to find out.


    Arsene Wenger says this will be a "different kind of game for Arsenal," and as they don't play after this until Monday, he cites plenty of recovery time for his first-team stars.


    Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Gary Jones, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells.


    And here it is - Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho.


    So, Arsene Wenger is taking no chances in his quest to end Arsenal's trophy drought (oops) by naming a very strong team to face League Two Bradford.


    Join us from 1945 GMT for live text commentary of Arsenal's Capital One Cup trip to Bradford City. We'll try not to mention the phrase 'trophy drought'.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Bradford City

  • 4(2)

  • -

  • 20

  • 37%


  • Arsenal

  • 27(11)

  • -

  • 12

Bradford City

POS No Name


12 Matt Duke


2 Stephen Darby


3 James Meredith


16 Carl McHugh


23 Rory McArdle


11 Garry Thompson
8 Ritchie Jones


14 Will Atkinson
26 Blair Turgott


18 Gary Jones


24 Nathan Doyle


9 James Hanson


21 Nahki Wells
17 Alan Connell
POS No Name
G 1 Jon McLaughlan
D 26 Blair Turgott
D 27 Curtis Good
M 4 Richard Ravenhill
M 8 Ritchie Jones
F 17 Alan Connell
F 20 Zavon Hines

Match Stats

  • Bradford City
  • Arsenal
4(2) Shots (on goal) 27(11)
20 Fouls 12
3 Corner kicks 12
5 Offsides 4
37% Time of Possession 63%
3 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
8 Saves 1

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