FA Cup: Blues blow out

by Callum Corbett

FA Cup 4th Round: Arsenal 4-0 Coventry City

The brave Sky Blues fell to Premier league giants Arsenal in a comprehensive defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

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Although the scoreline suggests total domination from the home side that does not begin to tell the story on a wet and windy Friday night in north London. The game took a familiar pattern from the out set as Arsenal dominated possession from the outset and stroked the ball about with there usual prowess and the pressure tolled on 15 minutes as a another free flowing move Mesut ozil teed up German team mate Lukas Podolski who calmly rounded the keeper to slot home the opener for the premier league leaders.

However the opener for arsenal seemed to spark the Sky blues into life and in particular there talismanic captain carl baker who fashioned the first chance for the visitors when he went on a darting 40 yard run through the hart of the arsenal defence and then unleashed a venomous drives which tested stand in keeper Lukas Fabianski for the first time of the night, and with that Coventry seemed to spring into life and they started to play with a confidence and swagger that has seen them over come a 15 point deduction at the start of the season to k ow challenging for a play off place in league 1.  The mini revival however was halted after 27 minutes when Coventry’s chief tormentor Lukas Podolski popped up fro a corner after a flick on from captain Per Mertesacker to head home Arsenals second and already resign the visitors to a cup exit.

Although the first half petered out the main talking point was in the stand as the 5 ,000 travelling supporters staged the first of two protests on the night as on the 31st minute each supporter held up signs of why? In reference the fact that they play their home games 30+ miles away from Coventry at Northampton’s sixfield s stadium due to a financial dispute with there old stadium at the Ricoh arena.

Voices heard: Sky blues supporters protest to board about current financial situation                                                               during game.

The second half started with more of the same from the gunners as they look to kill of the tie with quick passing and smart interchanging turning heads in the Coventry defence but as the second half got older Coventry built up ahead of steam and with that they found an avenue of attack with local boy Cyrus Christie finding room down the right hand side and troubling England International left back Kieran Gibbs with his pace  and crossing ability and he was able to provide service for loan striker Leon Clarke who peppered the goal on few occasions during the match and that was no more evident than in the middle of the second half  when Christie made another of his lung- busting runs down the right and squared the ball to Clarke in the 18 yards box only for Clarke to strike the ball of the outside of the post when it was perhaps easier to score.

That moment of danger seemed to spark the home side back into life and with the help of super subs Oliver Giroud and Santi Carzorla they looked to stretch they already ominous lead and that moment came on 84 minutes when Giroud finished of a slick move by sweeping home from 12 yards with his penetrative left foot to put the result in no doubt.

The icing on the cake was provided by playmaker and substitute  Carzorla who crashed the ball home after god work down the right buy Jenkinson two minutes from time and that’s how it stayed

The Scoreline was perhaps unjust for the Sky blues as they put plenty of heart into the match and gave the League Leaders a proper game in the second half but Arsenals class showed at crucial times and it is them who go through to the next stage and that now leaves Coventry to put all there efforts into a promotion push in League 1.

Final Score – Arsenal 4-0 Coventry

Podolski 15,27, Giroud 84, Carzorla 89

Attendance- 59,451

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