Wenger warns Arsenal players to take Bradford seriously

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal side not to take Bradford lightly in their Capital One Cup clash on Tuesday at Valley Parade.

Sky Sports reports that Wenger is urging his players to take the Bantams seriously, as the League Two outfit, currently fourth in their division, have already knocked out a Premier League side in Wigan Athletic. “They have gained confidence in these types of competitions and confidence plays a big part in that,” Wenger said.

Bradford are a force in their league, they are a team who play very good football and very efficient as well,” continued Wenger. “We take them seriously. They are very efficient at set pieces, so we will have to be very strong on that.

Bradford are currently on a five-game unbeaten run, and also have a strong record when it comes to penalty shoot-outs, having won eight in succession, a fact Wenger is very aware of. “We have to win the game in normal time, insisted Wenger. “Hopefully, we won’t need penalties.” Arsenal themselves have recorded back-to-back victories, with a 2-0 win over West Brom pushing them up to seventh in the Premier League.

Bradford are a former Premier League side, having last played in the top flight in 2000, but Wenger remembers his trips to Valley Parade and he believes his players need to be prepared for a Premier-League-type atmosphere. “Valley Parade was a difficult place to go when we played there in the Premier League. It is a passionate place with a very special atmosphere as well. That’s what you well get again in this match,” Wenger said.

“I believe when you go to places like this, you need to tell your players that it will be as difficult as a Premier League game, and it will be,” the manager added.

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