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Four quick talking points on today’s big upset, Bradford City over Arsenal

Dec 11, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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In one of those British headline writer’s dream (England’s Daily Mail called it an “embarrassment of epic proportions”), Arsenal bombed out of the Capital One Cup quarter-finals, losing to … wait for it … fourth-tier Bradford City.

Fabled Gunners fell in penalty kicks to the small club from West Yorkshire.

Getting right into it:

  • It really is ashamed that so much of the talk here will be about Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, etc., because it really was a monumental effort, as esteemed NBC colleague Arlo White called it on Twitter. By most accounts, Bradford City was better Tuesday and fully deserving of its first Carling Cup semifinal appearance. Underscoring that sentiment is the fact that …
  • Arsenal played a strong side, with only a couple of non-regulars.
  • This will add yet another hardy layer to the ongoing debate on whether Wenger remains the right man for the job around the Emirates. On the one hand, he has the Gunners back in their most familiar of spots, in Champions League knockout stage. It really is an impressive run, competing now in the elimination phase of the world’s best club competition for a 13th consecutive season. On the other hand …
  • Wenger’s trophy drought will continue, and that means something to a club like Arsenal. Last hardware for Gunners: the 2005 FA Cup. The Carling Cup may not approach the FA Cup (and certainly isn’t in the same stratosphere as an EPL title or a Champions League crown), but it carried the distinction of being the best route to a title around the Emirates this year.
  1. dreadpirate82 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Criticism of Wenger should be tempered by the fact that Stan Kroenke is majority shareholder of Arsenal. That guy is bad news for the franchises he owns. Avalanche, Rams, Nuggets, Arsenal, Rapids. Five frustrated fan bases right there.

  2. gunners78 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Reblogged this on Arsenal BPL.

  3. capsfan19 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM


  4. dfstell - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I feel like this trophy drought is karmic justice for all the crap we’ve had to endure from Arsenal fans prattling on about their “beautiful football”. :)

  5. valiantdraws - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I was under the impression that Kroenke hasn’t even been majority owner for more than a few years. He’s not responsible for the trophy drought.

    • dreadpirate82 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      That’s correct, but it won’t get any easier with him owning the team. As a formerly long-suffering Kansas City Royals fan, you don’t want your team owned by someone from Wal-Mart.

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