Search

Bradford cup exit is another addition to Wenger’s annus horriblis

13:11 12 December 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Capital One Cup quarter final defeat to Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Capital One Cup quarter final defeat to Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

PA Wire

FEATURE: Arsenal’s season hit a new low last night following their penalty shoot-out defeat at npower League Two Bradford in the Capital One Cup.

Here, London24 Sport takes a look back at a turbulent 12 months for beleaguered Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

SAN SIRO NIGHTMARE

The Gunners had been confident of progressing through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they headed out to AC Milan in February. However, former Manchester City striker Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ran the Arsenal defence ragged as the Italians romped to a 4-0 victory. “It was of those nights you never forget, our worst in Europe, we were punished and deservedly so,” said Wenger. Arsenal produced a spirited comeback in the second leg, but eventually went out 4-3 on aggregate - with Wenger handed another UEFA touchline ban for remonstrating with the referee at full-time.

VAN PERSIE SOLD TO UNITED

Despite Wenger’s best efforts, the club were unable to convince captain Robin van Persie to extend his contract, and so decided to cash in on their talisman striker, who had smashed a total of 37 goals to help drag the Gunners back up into third place in the Barclays Premier League on the final day of the season. The Dutchman had his choice, but opted for Old Trafford in a £24million deal and struck up an instant partnership with Wayne Rooney - scoring against his old club when they met in November.

SHAREHOLDERS REVOLT AT AGM

Wenger defended the achievements of his team following a stormy AGM at the Emirates Stadium in October, where chief executive Ivan Gazidis, chairman Peter Hill-Wood and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke were all heckled over the club’s financial strategy and failure to win a trophy since 2005. Wenger had opened his speech with an apology for the recent defeats against Norwich and Schalke the night before. He said: “For me, there are five ‘trophies’ - the first is to win the Premier League, the second is to win the Champions League, the third is to qualify for the Champions League, the fourth is to win the FA Cup and the fifth is to win the League Cup. I say that because if you want to attract the best players, they do not ask ‘did you win the League Cup?’, they ask you ‘do you play in the Champions League?’.”

GUNNERS SLUMP TO 10TH IN THE TABLE

Arsenal may have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League again, but their domestic form remained inconsistent. Another flat home performance against Swansea saw the visitors grab a deserved 2-0 win with a late brace from Michu as Wenger’s side were booed off the pitch - and ended the day down in 10th place.

PENALTY HEARTACHE AT VALLEY PARADE

Wenger had fielded a near full-strength side for last night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final, but were still on the end of a giantkilling. Garry Thompson’s first-half volley set the tone, and although Thomas Vermaelen eventually equalised late on to force extra-time, the Bantams progressed 3-2 after a penalty shoot-out, ending another chance for Arsenal to end their seven-year quest for a trophy. Afterwards, a defiant Wenger said: “Where does it leave our season? To focus on the next game, sport is about that.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

Fri, 20:11
Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan celebrated his first game as Middlesex’s T20 skipper with a classy knock of 93 as his side hammered Hampshire by 69 runs.

Fri, 07:15
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum hits out against England in 2015

James Franklin has warned that Middlesex cannot expect his former New Zealand team-mate Brendon McCullum to single-handedly transform their fortunes in one-day cricket.

Thu, 12:00
Rugby league player Aston Stephenson

There aren’t too many boys who grow up in north London and go to university in rugby union’s heartland – and then become rugby league internationals.

Thu, 10:00
Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

While it may be a cliché, to get a first-class hundred for the first time at Lord’s – the home of cricket – was an absolute dream come true.

Wed, 17:14
St Aloysius' RC College U14s won the ESFA PlayStation Cup at the Madejski Stadium, Reading

Left-back Prosper Keto headed in the only goal at Reading’s Madejski Stadium as St Aloysius’ Under-14s collected their first national 11-a-side trophy for 16 years.

Wed, 16:52
Summer Eytle-Rock (left) of Activities4U U12s

Summer Eytle-Rock produced another big game for Activities 4U Under-12s as the Islington side defeated Hackney Jedis 26-14 to book their place in the Community Basketball League play-off semi-finals.

Wed, 16:52
Beth Potter (right) is pursued by her British rivals Kate Avery and Jessica Andrews (second from left), who eventually won the race on the Parliament Hill athletics track. Pic: Mark Shearman

Former world record-holder Dave Bedford says Highgate Harriers’ Night of the 10,000m PBs is a “fascinating event” which is “of great value” to the world of athletics.

Wed, 13:27
Hornsey spinner Johnny Fawcett (left) exchanges high fives with Sam Solia

Hornsey spinner Johnny Fawcett blew away the Indian Gymkhana batting with the division’s first six-wicket haul of the season to put his side top of the Division Two table.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe