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BBC Five Live's Jimmy Armfield
reports from Valley Parade
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Saturday, 9 September, 2000, 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK
Bradford and Arsenal share points
Stuart McCall gives Bradford the lead
Stuart McCall gives Bradford the lead
Bradford 1-1 Arsenal

After beating Chelsea and losing to Manchester United, Bradford City completed their run of games against three of the title favourites by holding Arsenal to a draw at Valley Parade.

Early on it looked like City might be on the end of another thrashing as with just two minutes on the clock Thierry Henry struck the base of Matt Clarke's post from 25 yards after good work from Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires.

Then Ljungberg broke into the area and flicked the ball past Clarke who clattered into him but no penalty was given.

We created the chances, but they did well and Carbone could have won it at the end
  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Ljunberg then tried his luck from distance but despite Arsenal's early chances it was Bradford who took the lead.

Ashley Ward turned Oleg Luzhny on the edge of the area and his well-placed shot forced Seaman to tip round the post.

Linked well

And as Arsenal failed to clear the resulting corner Stuart McCall fired Bradford ahead with a smart strike from the edge of the box.

The goal seemed to put Arsenal out of their rhythm and it was close to the midway mark in the half before they threatened again.

Then Ashley Cole and Pires linked up well on the left to feed Wiltord and Clarke needed to get down well to save his hard low shot.

Wiltord on his full debut gets away from Ward
Wiltord on his full debut gets away from Ward
The game opened up as it approached the half-hour mark: first Seaman had to take two attempts to gather an Atherton cross after good work by Petrescu, then Henry volleyed just over the bar from the corner of the Bradford box.

Henry had a better chance three minutes later when Gilles Grimandi threaded him into the box but for once his finishing let him down as he hit straight at Clarke.

Benito Carbone then made his presence felt as he twice robbed Lee Dixon, first forcing Seaman to tip round at full stretch and then crossing for Petrescu to try a cheeky chip.

The Gunners came out for the second half and immediately turned up the pace. Just two minutes into the half Henry took on Atherton for pace and easily got to the line.

After the midweek defeat, to get a draw against Arsenal has got to be a good result
  Bradford manager Chris Hutchings
His cross flashed across the box and Clarke had to spread himself to stop Ray Parlour from slotting home at the far post.

As the pressure continued Ian Nolan got into the action: first he almost scored an own goal as a back pass just crept round the post.

Off the line

Then a minute later Pires ghosted towards the line on the left and chipped Clarke but Nolan headed clear off the line.

Arsenal continued to press and eventually they got the goal they deserved when Henry beat the offside trap on the right hand side and the 19-year-old Cole in only his second start got up from left-back to tap in the cross from five yards out.

The Gunners continued to dominate possession but Bradford should have gone back in front when Carbone somehow volleyed over when a corner fell to him five yards out.

Pires then ran on to a through ball into the area and beat Clarke with an outrageous dummy but Atherton just got back to clear off the line.

Arsenal looked the more likely winners but in the final minute Carbone had another chance to take all three points for Bradford when a cross fell to him just inside the area but with Seaman exposed the Italian flashed his shot just wide.

Bradford: Clarke, Nolan, Myers, McCall, Wetherall, Ward, Carbone, Beagrie, Atherton, Petrescu, Hopkin. Subs: Whalley, Windass, Sharpe, Davison, Jacobs.

Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Keown, Pires, Ljungberg, Wiltord, Henry, Parlour, Grimandi, Luzhny, Cole. Subs: Vivas, Lukic, Kanu, Vernazza, Weston.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood)

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