Arsenal's Shocking Loss Intensifies Talk of Arsene Wenger Sacking

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Arsenal's Shocking Loss Intensifies Talk of Arsene Wenger Sacking
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Arsenal suffered their latest blow to both their confidence and their chances of ending their long trophy drought as they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup quarterfinal by lowly Bradford City.

The League Two side emerged victorious courtesy of a penalty shoot-out, which they won 3-2 following a 1-1 draw after extra time. An early goal from Garry Thompson set the home side in front and it took the Gunners until the 87th minute to find an equaliser, Thomas Vermaelen heading home at the far post.

Extra time brought no further goals and after Santi Cazorla and Marouane Chamakh both failed to convert their spot kicks at the beginning of the shootout, Vermaelen struck the post with the all-important fifth. Arsenal went out, while Bradford move on to the semifinals for the first time in their history.

Arsenal's failure to beat the side from the fourth tier of English football has provoked ire and embarrassment from their supporters, with plenty calling for the heads of the manager and various under-performing players.

Of course, not all fans feel the same way and some are still backing the coach.

The Gunners' exit was all the more worrisome as Wenger had picked a full strength side in an attempt to pass through easily. Cazorla, Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, Wojciech Szczesny, Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna all started the game while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the returning Tomas Rosicky also featured from the bench.

Wenger tried to dampen the disappointment with his post-match quotes, as per the BBC:

You feel embarrassed when you don't give everything, I think they'll be more disappointed and frustrated. We did absolutely everything for 120 minutes and you have to give credit to Bradford.

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Chief football writer for the same site, Phil McNulty, gave his take on Wenger's position by saying the serious questions would always land at the manager's doorstep, and that he had suffered his most embarrassing defeat of all.

The question for Arsenal fans is now rearing its head more often as the weeks go past, with Arsenal having won just three times in their past 11 matches in all competitions.

Has Wenger's time at the club come to an end?

 

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