Gunners suffer humiliating loss

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Updated: December 12, 2012

Arsenal were downed by Bradford in embarrassing fashion in the quarterfinals of the League Cup when they went out on penalties. It has been a tough season for Arsenal this season with Wenger feeling the heat more so now than ever in his 16 years at the helm of the club.

After Bradford midfielder Garry Thompson took advantage of woeful Arsenal defending to volley home a free-kick at the far post in the 16th minute, Arsenal took until the 88th minute to equalise when Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen headed home from a Santi Cazorla cross.

The Gunners were just as laboured in extra-time and they paid the price in the penalty shoot-out, which Bradford won 3-2 as Cazorla’s kick was saved by Matt Duke and Marouane Chamakh and Vermaelen both hit the post.

Bradford’s ninth successive penalty shoot-out victory booked their first ever appearance in the League Cup semifinals.

In the night’s other quarterfinal, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert enjoyed a memorable return to Norwich as his side romped to a 4-1 win at Carrow Road.

On Wednesday, Swansea host Middlesbrough in the third quarterfinal, with Chelsea’s last-eight trip to Leeds delayed until 19 December due to their participation in the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.