Six changes were made last night.
Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ozil, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner
Substitutes: Viviano, Sagna, Monreal, Zelalem, Flamini, Cazorla, Giroud
Podolski and Ozil have had their critics so far this season and yes, many will use the old cliche ‘it was only Coventry’ but I don’t buy that at all. The weight on the pass from Ozil to Podolski for his first was perfect and then the control and finish from the German was stunning.
Our second, Podolski’s second was different. From a corner, followed by a sneaky knock-on by Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski was there at the back post to head home.
2-0 and that was enough to take the foot off the gas and just enjoy the game.
Yes we had other chances, many of them but our finishing let us down a bit and Coventry tested Fabianski with a stunning strike from distance. In fact it more than tested our number two keeper who made an absolute stunning save to tip the ball over the bar.
Half-time came and went and Coventry came out a much different side. They closed us down quicker and caused us a few little problems and maybe they could have scored but they didn’t….
Nikki B, who had a seriously shocking game came off, as did Oxlade-Chamberlain and in their place came Cazorla and Zelalem. The latter became only the sixth 16-year-old to debut for the Club.
Shortly afterwards Giroud replaced Podolski and it took him just five minutes to find the back of the net after some good stuff played by Gibbs and Cazorla.
As the final whistle approached, there was just enough time for our little Spaniard to have the last word.
4-0 and that was that. Not even the lights failing in certain areas could dim that superb scoreline. In fact wasn’t that a lovely moment when all the fans united as one and and used their phones to add extra lighting. As was seeing the Arsenal fans support Coventry in their protest against playing their home games away from Coventry……
Anyway, we’re in the pot for the next round draw which takes place tomorrow which is great news.
During the match, Twitter was breaking some ‘news’, well Jan Aage Fjortoft actually.
The former striker turned pundit, claimed that Arsenal and Schalke have agreed a fee for German sensation Julian Draxler.
Last night he tweeted:
I understand that Schalke and Arsenal have agreed a fee. If he will leave now I don’t know. But this is latest info #afc” Make of that what you will.
The Mirror go on to report that the player has told his club he wants to move this month and not wait until the summer.
Arsene Wenger was quick to deny any such deal as of course he would but he looked smug and I don’t mean that disrespectfully, he looked like he did after we’d beaten Tottenham and Ozil was almost in the door…
With just seven days to go until the transfer window closes, we’ll soon know one way or the other.
Monday there is an Arsenal ‘special media conference’ penciled in according to reports. No doubt that’s to wave goodbye to Nike (No, not Nik) and welcome Puma but surely having agreed to invest so much money in our club, they’ll want to see a signing or two in this transfer window too…
Just like us fans….
That’s it for another day, at least we can sit back and hopefully witness one or two FA Cup surprises this weekend.
Not us though, we’re through…..