It’s been confirmed that Arsenal will play Coventry City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on FRIDAY, 24 January.
The unusual timing (it’ll be a 7.45pm kick-off) comes courtesy of BT Sport and some piss-tasting lager who between them have decided to stretch coverage of football’s most famous domestic cup competition across four days for…[insert some marketing guff here].
While the unusual timing might get in the way of your post-work binge drinking it should actually play into the hands of the Gunners with Arsenal afforded an extra day to recover ahead of the tricky Premier League away game with Southampton on Tuesday 28 January.
No doubt Arsene Wenger will use the game, which is preceded by a home fixture with Fulham on Saturday 18 January, as an opportunity to rest tired legs and give valuable playing time to returning squad members. We beat the Sky Blues 6-1 in the Carling Cup last year in a game which saw Olivier Giroud open his Arsenal account.
Weird Christmas and Easter scheduling aside, Arseblog News thinks its right in saying this is the first Friday night fixture Arsenal have had since two such occasions in the ‘Invincibles’ season when we beat Newcastle United 3-2 on a wet September night in 2003 and spanked Leeds 5-0 in April 2004.