FT: Arsenal 4 Coventry 0

FULL TIME. That's it, Arsenal win 4-0 here at the Emirates. I got the scoreline, just not the first scorer!! Thanks for your views tonight, stay with us for reaction.

90 (+4)
Christie tries to cross into the box from 15 yards on the right but it is weak and Gibbs easily clears.

90 (+3)
Ozil hits the outside of the left post with a low shot from 12 yards on the left.

90 (+2)
L Clarke has another great chance after Christie tees him up in the box. He is unmarked but shoots straight at Fabianski from 12 yards.

90
Four minutes of added time is announced.

88
GOAL - CARZORLA!!! Carzorla scores the fourth from close range with a minute remaining after Murphy can only parry a shot into his path!!!

89
J Clarke is on for Moussa.

88
Gnabry crosses from 25 yards on the right but Giroud shoots over under pressure 15 yards out in the centre.

86
Jenkinson crosses from the right byline and it finds Carzola on the far side but he volleys over from 12 yards.

84
GOAL - GIROUD!!!! Giroud adds a third after Gibbs gets to the left byline and pulls the ball back to the French striker, who notches from eight yards!!

83
Coventry take the corner but Seaborne is penalised for tussling with Mertesacker in the box.

82
Christie makes a strong run to the right byline before crossing into the box and winning a corner on the right.

81
No more chances as yet.

79
That is Podolski's last action - he is replaced with Giroud.

79
Gnabry tries to release Podolski into the right side of the box but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

77
Baker makes a strong run into the right side of the pitch before crossing into the box from long range but no one is there and Fabianski gathers.

76
Coventry keep good possession before Gibbs intercepts a pass to Christie on the right flank and clears.

74
Christie tries to cross from the right towards Clarke in the centre but Koscielny intercepts and clears.

73
Carzorla wins a free-kick on the halfway line on the left. Arsenal take and Gnabry tries to cross from the right but it runs out for a goal kick.

71
Arsenal make two changes - Carzorla for Bendtner and the 16-year-old Zelalem makes his debut for O-C.

71
Wilshere tries to release Gnabry into the centre of the box but Murphy is able to gather the ball.

70
Bendtner makes a strong run to the edge of the box in the centre but Christie tracks back and tackles.

69
Koscielny concedes a throw in 25 yards out on the right. They take but Christie's cross goes out for a goal kick.

68
Coventry break forward and Adams tries an effort from 22 yards on the left but it is over.

68
Gibbs tries to get into the left side of the box but Christie tackles.

67
No more chances as the game is scrappy in the middle at present.

65
The fan has been removed and play continues.

63
Arsenal are pressing but the play must stop as there is a fan on the pitch.

62
Wilshere sends Podolski into the left side of the box. Murphy comes out to meet him and the striker tries to cut the ball back but Coventry scramble the ball clear.

61
The Coventry fans protest again against their ground situation. Moussa crosses into the box from the right before Daniels shoots well over from 16 yards in the centre.

60
Arsenal come again and Wilshere tees up Bendtner 12 yards out in the centre but he shoots wide as he gets closed down.

58
Arsenal take the throw in and break up field before Gibbs cuts the ball back from the left byline but Thomas clears.

57
Moussa crosses from 25 yards on the right but it is too high for Clarke and it goes out for a throw in to Arsenal on the far side.

56
Clarke hits the outside of the post after being teed up by Moussa. He shoots from the edge of the box in the centre but it hits the right post and out for a goal kick. Two good chances now to Clarke to get his side back in this.

55
O-C makes a powerful run into the left side of the box before going down under a challenge from Christie but the ref awards no pen and it is a Coventry goal kick.

54
Lull - no more chances as yet.

52
Clarke takes the throw in 12 yards out on the right but the Gunners clear.

Clarke is getting treatment on the pitch after being caught. He looks okay to continue.

Jim Dunker says: "Hello from my workspace in gloomy San Diego, California. I would like to see Podolski get the hat-trick, & Gnabry to notch another senior goal, but I would absolutely enjoy Wilshere & the Ox to get their own as well. In fact, including Bendtner, I'd be happy if all Gunners on the field got a goal each, including Fabianski. Still, wish I was watching it live!"

51
Christie crosses into the box from 12 yards on the right and wins a throw in on the right.

50
Clarke gets behind the Arsenal defence and runs towards goal before shooting from a tight angle on the right but Fabianski spreads himself well and saves at his near post and the Gunners clear. Great chance.

49
Arsenal enjoy good possession before Gibbs crosses into the box from 22 yards on the left and it hits both coventry centre-backs before Murphy retrieves the ball to stop a corner.

47
Coventry put the corner into the box but Fabianski makes amends and catches the ball.

47
Fabianski mis-controls a back-pass for a Coventry corner on the left.

46
Arsenal re-start the game. No changes at the break.

Rhys has been back in touch to say: "Glad podolski has bagged 2 goals, expecting him to carry on improving and showing us the talent he obviously has and hopefully we use that to hold on to the top spot." Cheers Rhys, enjoy the second period!

Elliot says: "Arsenal are comfortable. Job done in my opinion." i spoke so too.. does anyone think the Sky Blues can get back in this - they need the first goal to do so.

Ishu Singh says: "Arsenal gonna win it 5-0 ! Podolski hattrick and a Gnabry brace ! He's so good at 18 ! Just have to catch more rhythm and get going ! COYG !"

Emily says: "I think Arsenal will win 4-0! Podolski to get another 2! Ozil to get both assists!"

Harpreet, an Arsenal fan from Birmingham, says: "Loved that first half. My money is on podolski to bag that hat-trick!! COYG."

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 1/150 for an Arsenal win, 33/1 for the draw and 66/1 for a Coventry win. The 4-0 win is now available at 4/1!

What are your views for the second period? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post them up when I get back with my brew!

HALF TIME. The Gunners go in two-up. Stay with us for the second period.

45 (+2)
Gibbs makes a strong run into the left side of the box but Christie makes a great tackle to stop the shot and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

45
Two minutes of added time is announced.

44
Wilshere shoots wide from just inside the box in the centre. There's loads of lights from the crowd giving it a Christmas feel!!

43
Some of the floodlights have gone at the Emirates causing the crowd to cheer but it is okay to continue.

42
Wilshire is back up on his feet and can continue.

40
Wilshire now goes down near the halfway line after tackling Christie. He needs treatment on the pitch.

39
Wilshire is booked for a late challenge on Daniels in the middle of the park.

37
Jenkinson crosses in from the right again and Podolski latches onto the ball in the centre but he blasts over from 15 yards.

36
Jenkinson wins a throw in 25 yards out on the right. He takes and Arsenal keep possession before Jenkinson crosses across the face of goal from close range on the right but no one is there and it goes out for a goal kick on the far side.

35
Gibbs crosses from the left but Gnabry volleys well over from eight yards at the far post.

34
Gibbs plays a one-two with O-C before trying to break into the box from the left but Murphy is quickly off his line to gather.

33
Jenkinson crosses from the right but Fleck clears the box.

32
Coventry fans all hold up signs saying 'Why? 'as they protest about their ground situation.

30
Arsenal come again and Bendtner scuffs his shot on the edge of the box before O-C shoots straight at Murphy from 20 yards on the right.

29
Gibbs wins a throw in 25 yards out on the left. Arsenal take and keep good possession without threatening.

27
GOAL - PODOLSKI!!!! Gnabry takes the corner, Mertesacker flicks on at the near post and Podolski heads home from close range at the far post!!! He's certainly staking his claim for a starting place with his display!!

26
Arsenal keep good possession before Gibbs crosses from six yards out on the left and wins a corner on the left.

24
Gnabry creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from 22 yards in the centre but his shot is well wide of Murphy's right post.

24
Ozil takes the corner but Baker clears the box.

23
Bendtner turns and shoots from the edge of the box in the centre and his shot is deflected out for a corner on the right.

21
Ozil wins a throw in 25 yards out on the right. They take and feed the ball to Gibbs on the left. He crosses into the box from 20 yards and Ozil heads at goal but his header lacks power and Murphy easily collects.

21
Arsenal keep possession without threatening.

19
Coventry take the corner on the left but Fabianski catches the ball at his far post.

18
Baker makes a 40 yard run before he creates a yard of space for himself and he tries an effort from 20 yards in the centre and Fabianski has to dive to his right to push the ball over for a corner.

17
Lull - no more chances as yet.

15
GOAL - PODOLSKI!!! Podolski puts the Gunners ahead after Ozil passes to him to the left of the box. He goes around Murphy before slotting home from six yards!!

13
Arsenal come again and Podolski sees a shot from the edge of the box blocked by Christie before O-C shoots well over from 22 yards in the centre.

12
Ozil puts the corner into the box but Christie heads away.

12
Jenkinson presses down the right again and Adams has to tackle and concede a corner on the right.

11
Arsenal keep good possession before Jenkinson crosses from the right byline but it takes a deflection and Baker clears.

9
Arsenal break forward before Jenkinson whips a great cross in from six yards on the right but Podolski skies his shot over from close range in the centre.

9
Fleck tries to release Baker near the Arsenal box but he cannot control the ball and Arsenal clear.

7
Ozil takes the corner but Fleck clears the box.

7
Podolski cuts inside from the left before passing to Gibbs who crosses into the box from five yards and wins a corner on the right.

Rhys French, Plymouth, says: "Hopefully podolski gets a goal tonight, he's an often overlooked player but can definately make an impact and he should show it tonight to stay in the starting 11."

5
Gnabry gets into the right side of the box before crossing from 12 yards out but Seaborne intercepts and clears.

4
Moussa presses done the left before Daniels crosses into the box from 20 yards but Mertesacker is there to clear.

3
Ozil takes the corner short before Wilshere tries an effort from 20 yards out to the right of goal but he slices his shot wide of the far post.

3
Jenkinson wins a throw in 12 yards out on the right. Arsenal take and Jenkinson wins a corner on the right.

2
No chances as yet as the teams find their feet in the game.

1
Coventry get the game underway.

Michael from South London says: "I think wenger is under pressure more than ever this season to deliver a trophy with the position they have got them selves in if there gonna win a trophy this is probs the one. He's made a statement with the team he's put out. 4-0 arsenal with podolski on the scoresheet." I agree it is a statement! The teams are coming out onto the pitch, not long to go now!

John, a Western Canadian 'Toffee' fan, says: "Very, very difficult game for Coventry, but it is the F.A. Cup! My niece is engaged to Joe Murphy, the City keeper, so as unrealistic as this will sound, ... I would love to see a tie! Fingers crossed!" Cheers John, you never know!

Ahmed says: "In regards to Chris Green's comment, I agree ! I think we have the togetherness and attitude to go all the way this season The likes of city can bag the goals but if we keep getting our 3 points , the tittle is ours come may ."

Chris Green has been back in touch to ask: "Do Arsenal have the squad to maintain a title challenge?" I personally think they have, they've being going strong all season. Any other views on this?

MY VIEW - I fancy a 4-0 win to the Gunners tonight. I'm going for Bendtner to score first with the scorecast paying a handsome 18/1 with Sky Bet! any more views / predictions? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

Chris Green from Huddersfield says: "Arsenal to win 5-0, with Bendtner (2), Ozil, Gnabry and Flamini hitting the back of the onion bag." Cheers for your views so far everyone, getting closer to kick-off!

Mark Briggs, an Arsenal fan in Exeter, says: "I am expecting much the same as what happened in the League Cup in 2012. So I'll predict the same 6-1 to the Gunners. Surprised Ozil is starting though, I thought Wenger would have rested the likes of him, especially as we're playing Southampton on Tuesday."

Stelios says: "Happy Wenger put out a strong side tonight. Showing respect to a sold out crowd. Going for a 2-0 win for the Gunners!"

Paul Jones says: "Despite the strong side arsene has put out i still only see a routine 2-0 shut-out victory. Can't see coventry scoring but can see us keeping a tight grip at the back and the first goal coming from midfield and the second from bendtner."

Ahmed from London says: "This fixture can be a pivotal game for the rest of our season I am really happy with the selection, I can see us flourishing tonight with goals from podolski ,bendtner and gnabry 3-0 arsenal tonight #COYG"

FIRST VIEW - Daniel says: "Think arsenal will have a comfortable 4-0 win tonight, can see Coventry giving it their all though but the smaller teams seem to want it more in this competition and thats what makes cup games even more exciting to watch. But hopefully the gunners can show why they are top of league, Come on Arsenal !!!"

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 1/10 for an Arsenal win, 10/1 for the draw and 22/1 for a Coventry victory. With those sort of odds you might want to go for a correct score - Arsenal to win 4-0 is 17/2 while a 5-0 win is 12/1!

Referee - Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Teams - Coventry: Murphy, Christie, Webster, Conor Thomas, Adams, Moussa, Baker, Fleck, Seaborne, Daniels, Leon Clarke. Subs: Slager, Burge, Barton, Phillips, Willis, Jordan Clarke, Haynes.

Teams - Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Gnabry, Ozil, Podolski, Bendtner. Subs: Sagna, Giroud, Viviano, Monreal, Cazorla, Flamini, Zelalem.

Teams - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named a strong XI for Friday night's FA Cup fourth-round clash, which includes club-record signing Mesut Ozil. Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner returns from an ankle injury suffered on New Year's Day, while England internationals Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all start with Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud in reserve on the bench. It would be a major upset were the Sky Blues to get a result against the Barclays Premier League leaders. Manager Steven Pressley put striker Leon Clarke in the side despite his transfer request.

Welcome to the Emirates where Arsenal host Coventry in the FA Cup. Will the Gunners secure progression to the fifth round, or can the Sky Blues spring a surprise? Send your views / predictions for tonight's game to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

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