Arsenal 4-0 Coventry City: Instant Reaction

Mike Hewitt

Arsenal comfortably dispatched League One side Coventry City.

1-0 Podolski 15'
2-0 Podolski 29' 
3-0 Giroud 84'
4-0 Cazorla 89'

Arsenal are through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup after beating League One side Coventry City 4-0. Arsenal started with a quite attacking lineup, and were all over Coventry in the opening minutes. Carl Jenkinson's cross should've been tapped home by Podolski, but the German mishit his shot over the bar from about 5 yards out. The goal would come, though, and after a period of Coventry possession (and oles), they gave the ball away to Mesut Özil, who's lovely disguised pass played in Podolski, who took the ball past the keeper and slammed home.

Coventry had a few chances on the night, and one of them came right after Arsenal scored. Their captain, Joe Baker, made a mazy run through the midfield, and then shot from the edge of the penalty box. Lukasz Fabianski pushed the shot over the bar. Arsenal shortly made it two, with a goal made by the Germans. Serge Gnabry's corner was flicked on by Per Mertesacker and was headed home by Lukas Podolski. Podolski could've had his hattrick right before half time, but his right footed shot went just over the bar.

Coventry City pressed well in the second half, finally coming to the realisation that a double pivot of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offers this amount of protection to the centre backs:

Leon Clarke was played through, but after taking the ball a bit too far, his shot was comfortably saved by Fabianski. Clarke then also hit the post, but Arsenal stepped it up a bit more, with Kieran Gibbs' an outlet on the left. There was excitement when Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut on 71 minutes, replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain. Olivier Giroud also came on, and scored after being just 6 minutes on the pitch. Nice interplay between Cazorla and Özil set Gibbs down the left, and one of his cutbacks finally found an Arsenal player as Giroud swept home for the third Arsenal goal. The fourth was a quite lovely goal. Zelalem, who had some wonderful touches, played a great pass into Cazorla, who played a one-two with Wilshere before playing the ball wide for Jenkinson. The right back's shot was saved, but came to the feet of Cazorla, who drove the ball into the net. 4-0, and a comfortable day at the office for Arsenal, as there was thankfully, no repeat of Bradford or Blackburn.

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