Jones: Arsenal embarrassing

Gary Jones claims League Two opponents Torquay gave Bradford City a much tougher game than Arsenal in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup triumph.

Last Updated: 13/12/12 at 10:49 Post Comment

Gary Jones: The Bantams skipper says Arsenal should be embarrassed

Gary Jones: The Bantams skipper says Arsenal should be embarrassed

The Bantams skipper has laid into the Gunners, calling them 'embarrassing' after their poor performance at Valley Parade.

The West Yorkshire side advanced to the semi-finals of the competition for the very first time in their history thanks to their ninth straight penalty shoot-out success.

And the 35-year old former Rochdale player says the mid-table Gulls were a much tougher nut to crack than Arsene Wenger's Premier League stars, after Phil Parkinson's men needed an 85th-minute winner to sink their opponents just three days earlier.

Jones said: "I think Torquay gave us a tougher game. The lads were unbelievable.

"It was like a role reversal, because Torquay defended really well against us, whereas it was us defending really well against Arsenal.

"It was one of those nights when you just had to be here to witness it.

"Without a shadow of a doubt Arsenal should be embarrassed. No disrespect to us and our lads, but they should be beating Bradford City.

"Did it surprise me how poor they were? I think it did, yes. We were surprised how comfortable we were at times.

"When we saw their team sheet we couldn't believe it. Assistant manager Steve Parkin wrote their side down and at the bottom he wrote 'poor team' with an exclamation mark!

"I thought they would have a lot of youth players and a bit of experience but nothing like that turned up.

"They came here and it was probably the best chance of a trophy they'll have this year.

"But they didn't really have too many shots on goal. They tried to play too much football at times, especially down the middle."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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