Bradford City.

The League Two outfit advanced to the semi-finals after winning a tense penalty shoot out against the Gunners, who only forced extra time thanks to a late goal from Thomas Vermaelen.

Wenger commended his opponents after the game, but praised his players for a solid showing, despite the result

“Congratulations to Bradford, they had a good start and after that they defended well.” He told SkySports.

“Overall we had many chances.

“The keeper had a great game and we couldn’t convert our chances. When you go out it’s never good enough at Arsenal.

“I think we lost on penalties to a team who defended well. I cannot fault the effort we gave for 120 minutes.

“You have to give credit to Bradford on the night. That’s part of the game.”

The Frenchman also hit back at questions raised about the strength and depth of his squad

“It’s not a lack of quality. We couldn’t convert our chances for different reasons.

“Overall it was a real cup game. I can’t fault the effort of our team.

“We’ll get over (the defeat). It’s part of our club, it’s what we do.”

The Bantams took the lead through Garry Thompson’s finish in the 16th minute, before Vermaelen equalised late on.

The Belgian then missed the decisive spot kick to give Bradford a 3-2 shoot-out victory.


  • mosi
    3 years ago

    How many times have we heard that same comment from the boss. It is not only this game but the whole season we havent been creating or taking chances. The team probably could be doing better it´s the system, method and stubbornness of wenger that is not working and havent been working for a long time. Please Mr.Wenger for the sake of the club resign. You obviously don´t have it any more.

  • giddy
    3 years ago

    Wenger failed long time ago when his top priority shifted to UCL as a top priority for earning more money than winning trophies! He is a liability to arsenal and should have been fired long time ago.

  • jdawe
    3 years ago

    I’ve heard this statement for thousand of times Wenger! The problem is things got worse every season, don’t you think so?

  • Vishnu
    3 years ago

    Bounce back to what? Another run of loosing streak? Come on Wenger, sell off the deadwood’s in the team. Half the problems will be solved.