Gervinho has fluffed his lines before but never so spectacularly as last night with Arsenal trailing 1-0 in the game against Bradford at Valley Parade.
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League Two side Bradford City went through to the last four on Tuesday night after beating the Premier League side 3-2 on penalties at a packed Valley Parade after the sides had finished 1-1 after extra time.
Without a trophy since winning the FA Cup in 2005, Arsenal put out a strong team that included Gervinho, Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski but were caught cold when Garry Thompson put Bradford ahead with a side-foot finish in the 16th minute.
Arsenal took their time to get to grips with the hosts but almost made it 1-1 when Francis Coquelin hit the woodwork in the 38th minute before Gervinho squandered a glorious chance to equalise with the goal gaping.
The 25 year-old had the perfect opportunity to score scuffed the ball from little more than two yards out in the 43rd minute.
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Arsenal had needed an 88th minute equaliser from Thomas Vermaelen to force extra time but despite putting Bradford under immense pressure they could not finish their numerous chances to kill the hosts off.
After a scoreless extra-time, Santi Cazorla and Marouane Chamakh missed with the visitors' first two spot kicks and Bradford's Ritchie Jones and Stephen Darby also failed to score before Vermaelen hit the post.
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The defeat in sub-zero temperatures, and another failure in Arsenal's seven-year quest for silverware, will chill the veins of Wenger as he contemplates the season so far.
The humiliation was further intensified by Wenger's breaking his long-held rule and fielding a full-strength side in the League Cup.