The Straits Times
Published on Dec 13, 2012

Storm clouds gather after Arsenal 'humiliation'


LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal's League Cup loss to fourth-tier Bradford City was one of the lowest moments of Arsene Wenger's tenure and leaves the club scrapping to avoid an eighth straight season without a trophy.

In the aftermath of Tuesday's penalty shoot-out loss at a wintry Valley Parade, Wenger was typically bullish, congratulating Bradford on their achievement and insisting he could not fault his players.

That the upset occurred in the League Cup, and not the prestigious FA Cup, took some of the edge off of Arsenal's disappointment, but the British press were unanimously scathing in their verdict.

"Humiliating" was the adjective universally applied to the result on the back pages, while The Times claimed Wenger was "walking on thin ice" after the latest setback in what has already been an extremely trying season.