Arsenal faced top class side in the Capital One cup tonight, oh no it was League two Bradford, but we certainly made them look good. Arsene Wenger picked pretty much the strongest side available to him with Walcott and Giroud unavailable due to injury. The manager obviously realised how important it is to end the seven year trophy drought, but maybe he forgot to tell the players.
For 10 minutes or so Arsenal looked okay, but we got sloppier and invited Bradford into the game and they said thank you very much. Poor defending from a free kick after 15 minutes allowed Thompson to put Bradford ahead. We failed to muster a single shot on target in reply but Gervinho had a great chance to equalise but somehow he completely missed the ball. Coquelin came closest in the first half but hit the post.
It got no better in the second half, and we did not register a shot on target until the 70th minute. The Ox produced it after coming on with Rosicky and Chamakh for Ramsey, Coquelin and Podolski. Wilshere took it on himself to get us going and nearly got an equaliser with less than 10 minutes on the clock.
Captain Vermaelen saved our blushes with a header from Cazorla’s cross with just minutes left. The Spaniard nearly won it for us in normal time but the Bradford keeper made a good save to take it into extra time. Finally Arsenal’s class started to show, and Bradford were hanging on. Jack nearly got a Messi goal but then showed why he’s not a striker, what skill though!
As penalties loomed, Cazorla smashed a shot off the top of the bar and Gooners were fearing the worst. Chances kept coming and going, we could have had a hatful, but it was just not happening so it went to the lottery of penalties. Cazorla was saved, Chamakh hit the post but we got a lifeline. Vermaelen also hit the post, though, and we were out.