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Published on Dec 12, 2012
 

Arsenal eliminated by Bradford on penalties in League Cup

 
 

LONDON (AP) - Arsenal was eliminated from the League Cup quarterfinals in embarrassing fashion on Tuesday, losing a penalty shootout 3-2 to fourth-tier Bradford in one of the biggest shocks in the competition for years.

Thomas Vermaelen failed to convert the decisive spot kick for the Premier League giants, having earlier scored an 87th-minute equaliser to take the game into extra time.

The match finished at 1-1 after 120 minutes, despite Arsenal fielding a near full-strength team.

With Arsenal down in the seventh place in the league, manager Arsene Wenger's judgment is being questioned like never before in his 16 years at the club and this result will give more ammunition to his critics.