Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Report: Arsenal 4-0 Coventry

Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner

Subs: Viviano, Sagna, Monreal, Zelalem, Flamini, Cazorla, Giroud

Arsenal went through to the 5th round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Coventry City at the Emirates tonight.

There were starts for Jenkinson, Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski and Bendtner as Arsene Wenger shuffled his pack, with youngster Gedion Zelalem on the bench.

The Gunners had the first shot on goal in the 3rd minute, a short corner routine saw Wilshere find space at the edge of their Coventry box but his effort was skewed wide.

As expected Arsenal had most of the ball and Lukas Podolski might feel he should have opened the scoring in the 9th minute when he skied a good Jenkinson cross over the bar from close range.

Podolski saw another effort blocked after good build-up play from Jack Wilshere, while Oxlade-Chamberlain flashed a half-volley over the bar from just outside the area.

The goal was coming and after the away fans spent time Oléing a spell of possession, they lost the ball in midfield, Wilshere played it Ozil, he fed his compatriot who went around the keeper and buried it into the far side of the net from a tight angle.

Despite Arsenal’s dominance, Lukasz Fabianski was forced into a fantastic 18th minute save, tipping a fizzing drive from Coventry captain Baker over the bar. Bendtner saw a shot blocked out for a corner, before Serge Gnabry did some stepovers then whacked a left footed shot over.

Arsenal kept pressing and Gibbs got forward to win a 27th minute corner. From the set-piece Mertesacker flicked it on to the back post, Podolski arrived and headed it in from close range to make it 2-0.

It was all Arsenal and as the Coventry fans held up signs to protest at the state their club is in, they were generously applauded by the home fans. Oxlade-Chamberlain then played antastic pass through the defence to find Gibbs but the first touch was too heavy and the keeper came out well to claim.

Serge Gnabry should have scored from a good Gibbs cross before a Carl Jenkinson cross shot fizzed across the face of goal. And in the 38th minute, Podolski missed a glorious chance to seal his hat-trick. Jenkinson stormed down the right, pulled a great ball back which the German came onto, but he fired his right footed shot over the bar from inside the area.

There was some off-field high jinks when a good number of the floodlights failed, but with enough light to continue after consultation with the captains. Wilshere might have set up Podolski after a storming run but shot wide, much to the frustration of the former Cologne man, and with the lights still dimmed, Arsenal took the two goal lead into the half-time break.

The second half began with the visitors determined to make a game of it and they had the first chance of the second period. Leon Clarke beat the offside trap, got in behind the Arsenal defence, surged towards goal, and took a shot from the right of the goal but Fabianski stood up well to make the save.

He came even closer to a goal a few minutes later when Oxlade-Chamberlain lost the ball in midfield. It came to Clarke just outside the Arsenal area, and his first time shot rebounded off the outside of the post with Fabianski rooted to the spot.

Arsenal responded with a flowing move from back to front with Gnabry, Bendtner, Wilshere and Gibbs all involved but there was no joy with the final ball. Great passing between Wilshere and Ozil set up a half chance for Nicklas Bendtner, but the Dane couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet and shot wide.

Coventry had another site of goal when Daniels shot over after finding space at the edge of the Arsenal box, before another Arsenal move ended when Podolski chose to cut the ball back rather than shoot.

The game became a bit flat with Arsenal conserving energy ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Southampton, captain Per Mertesacker grew frustrated, however, at the lack of movement ahead of him.

Arsene Wenger decided it was time for a change and brought on Cazorla and 16 year old Gedion Zelalem for Bendtner and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The youngster became the first player born after Arsene Wenger took over at the club to make his debut for Arsenal.

Podolski was then replaced by Giroud as Arsenal continued to play with the handbrake on, and another handbrake on top of that just to make sure. Despite that, Arsene Wenger’s men extended their lead in the 84th minute.

Mesut Ozil held the ball up well down the left hand side, he played it to Gibbs, who drove into the box. He got to the end line, cut it back and Giroud was there to apply the finish and make it 3-0.

It sparked some life back into the Gunners with Cazorla and Giroud shooting over after good work from Jenkinson and Gnabry respectively, and the Spaniard made it 4-0 just a few moments later.

Lovely movement through the midfield saw Cazorla set up Jenkinson for a shot. The keeper saved but Santi was there to slam home the rebound to make it 4-0. It might even have been 5-0 but Ozil hit the post with the goal at his mercy in injury time.

It was a ruthless end to an indifferent half, and despite a brave Coventry effort in the second period, Wenger’s team were worth winners on the night.

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özil: because scoring is too mainstream


Sleek and smooth as ever…makes football look so sexy!


I love the part Ozil clicking well with Santi. And the brilliant moves Ozil made in the first half – simply world class

Toby C

His pass for Poldi’s first was sublime



Alex Cutter

Are people still using this gag into the new year?


First comment?

Jack's Right Foot

Very indie, well done.


I was hoping for Draxler to make an Undertaker-style entrance when the lights went out and appear in the central circle


Or Rock like…Can you smeeeelllllll what the Boss is cooking 🙂

Arteta's hair

I would prefer a “The Lion King” on top The Clock End when he is finally presented.

Arteta's hair

Or maybe that would have been more suitable when we signed Santi.


Haha. With Mertesacker lifting him up and Arsenal fans chanting Circle of Life. It would put that wacky Napoli chairman’s player unveils to shame.


Maybe that was the plan tonight, until he tripped over the lighting cables and pulled the plugs out of their sockets.


Who needs a dutch skunk when you can have the GERMANS?!


With a side order of HFB

Alex Cutter

That’s embarrassing.


Zelalem ROCKS!!!!





Toby C

Comment from one of his coaches in the states – “He dribbles like Iniesta and passes like Xavi” 🙂

Silent Stan's Content Mustache

Nice to watch a match and not feel like one’s heart is going to explode with every other beat.

Why is my name required

Nice to see Arsenal fans supporting and clapping together with Coventry fans. That’s class

Old Man Flam

Brilliant atmosphere tonight, especially between the two sets of fans. At one point thought we were all about to start hugging over the barriers.

American Gooner

On to the next round! That’s all that matters.. COYG!! And that Zelalem kid ain’t to bad either 😉


Poldi is back, Zelalem had made is debut, the German reveloution in Arsenal is well underway.

Would love to see Draxler join.

Job well down on the night


Down = done
Damn the auto-correction!


Fjortoft has said on Twitter that we’ve agreed a fee for Draxler, I shit you not.


My uncle’s nan’s dog’s sister has said on Twitter that we’ve agreeed a fee for Messi, I shit you not.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

You may shit us not, but let’s see what the dog does, eh? Bet she makes a real Messi of it.

jack jack jack

Believe nothing until you see him in the shirt. That’s the only way to stay sane as an Arsenal fan.


I’m pretty sure when it comes to Arsenal, You should still doubt it even when you see him in the shirt.



thats the best way to say it

gooner odst

My ‘Welcome to Arsenal Higuain’ banner is testament to that. I won’t be making a banner and camping at Heathrow and/or Gatwick ever again.


was on tv here in norway just now, one can only hope 🙂

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Fuck Me it must be true. He’s never wrong. He knew before anybody else that Solskjaer would NOT join Cardiff!!!!!

Oh. Maybe he’s talking shite again then?


Ps- Player ratings: Bedtners airshots: -15/10


He had the greatest pass in the entire game though. Fooled every single Coventry defender!


Yep, but that was only because it was a Gervinho style move

-How do you deal with it, when even he doesn’t know what he’ll do next.

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

Full credit to the Coventry support. They gave a superb example of how an organised, loyal fanbase can effectively organise a protest that gets their point across.

Besides, ever since the 1987 FA Cup Final, I’ve always had a soft spot for Cov.

Podolski Sklep

Gary Mabbutt’s knee!! Legendary. Laughing at Spurs, est. 1913

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

Houchen’s diving header from Dave Bennett’s cross as well. Killed the swampie’s dream when they thought they already had it. Fucking lovely stuff.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Dave Bennett was my ‘local’ hero in the early 80s when I lived in Cardiff. Then he went on to be man of the match in that FA Cup final. Good player. Did a Wonderful job at Wembley.


seeing jenkinson on the ball irritate me much… just sayin


He did well today!


Seeing *warm* slag off Jenkinson when it was obvious that the lad played well, irritates me so much.. Just saying..


Agreed, Jenks was excellent.


What an odd night.

Friday night. Applauding the away fans. Lights go out and a fat fuck on the pitch.

Very funny to see all the phone torches on though and a great Coventry chant – shit ground, no lights. Classic.


Thank fuck for those of us watching it on the telly the cameras didn’t pan to the fat fuck. Stupid twat remain on your seat. the arsenal is playing!


Pisses poored performance, Roziky missed too many chances. Ozil was nowhere near his best like he did at barca. Wenga shud buyzz 5 more mifildersn & sell cazorla to cardiff and get Higuen ASAP. #wengaout!

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

Wow, what an assessment.

“Are you Bischoff, are you Bischoff, are you Bischoff in disguise” etc. etc.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

He’s right in a way though. Rosicky didn’t put one single chance away tonight.

gooner odst

Also, the rain was too wet.


Pass the joint, will ya?




Lights went out, Shit stadium. Electricians out, Draxler in!!

Gutbukket Deffrolla

No no, Draxler is a MAGician, not an ELECTRician. The German player you’re thinking of is Moritz Volz.

I’d go, but I’ve lost my coat.


Who the smeg thumbed up that nonsense?

Gutbukket Deffrolla

We’ve been gang-thumbed by Spurs fans.

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

Mick Bendtnaaar gave a performance of absurdist comic proportions. I might get frustrated watching him, but he’s never boring, that’s for certain.

A performance worthy of A Question of Sports “What happened next?” round.


What’s an *antastic* pass?? Is it the one that involves ants climbing up Cunt Mouninho crotch??


The only thing more impressive than tonight’s performance was the speed of this report! Do you even watch the game?

Thanks to all in the Arseblog team

Gutbukket Deffrolla

I know his secret. He ‘dictates’ while the game is on and Mrs Blogs writes it up, after taking all the rantings and ravings and a few of the swears out. It’s amazing how the woman can make a cohesive report out of what he shouts at the TV during a game.


That 4th goal.. my my zelalem looks like hes gonna be amazing for us. His refusal to play the sideways pass and playing that driving ball forward instead sparked that goal. Watch it again, jack I think is telling him to go wide/back and he just hits cazorla my jaw dropped lol

Podolski Sklep

Such a silky touch, looks incredible for a 16 year old. Here’s hoping he fails to chase up the insanely pressurised hype-promise axis with the obligatory career-threatening injury period our other young stars seem to pass through before heading towards their true potential. Seriously though, when that coaching assistant in the states said he could pass like Xavi and move like Iniesta I thought ‘c’mon, he looks good, sure, but surely not THAT good…’ I’m not sure I won’t have to amend that view some day based on the sheer class he clearly possesses. Plus he plays for us, not… Read more »


Those eyebrow waxing bastards? I don’t know maybe that’s just Barca. I don’t get out much. Still should be better stereotyping than their attempt to dress like us Canadians.


Gutbukket Deffrolla

Hey Neymar! I told ya ta put ya thumbs in ya pockets, I didn’t tell ya ta scratch nothin’.


Zelalem looked very nervous when he first came on but it only took about two minutes for the nerves to disappear. It looked like he suddenly realized “Hey, I can do this no sweat,” and he just took off. On the fourth goal I thought for sure he was going to lose the ball, but he beat both defenders on him, worked that little bit of space, then oh my, what a pass! He looks to be even better than Wilshere at turning out of trouble. Amazing kid.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

I didn’t see any sign of nervousness. I saw Cazorla grimacing as he came on, which suggests Bendtner reacted to being subbed with an S.B.D., but Zelalem looked cool with it all from the start.


That was good management there from Wenger, bringing on Giroud, get him a goal to help boost his confidence for the next few games coming up


Maybe also intensify competition between Poldi and Giroux

Gutbukket Deffrolla

The commentator said he didn’t know why they brought Giroud on because if anybody needs a rest it’s him. You’ve hit the nail on the head. That 10 minute cameo did more good for him than 90 minutes rest would have.

Indonesian Gooner

I just love Koscielny’s reading of the game.

Merlin's Panini

It was too easy really. Coventry tried but the gulf in class was there for all to see. Job well done and we didn’t have to work too hard for it. Great to see Poldi scoring and to see Giroud picking up his goalscoring form again. These two will be vital if we’re to win anything.


I thought they gave us more competition than the rubbish we played in the 3rd round.


Bendtner is great to have in the team. He gives the fans something to laugh at.

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

Amazing, isn’t he. I’ve noticed that even when he slices a shot and slips on his arse, the pace and frequency of his chewing remains consistent. That’s quite impressive.

I’m with blogs and of the opinion that chewing should be banned on the pitch, and affects your performance. Chewing and topknots.


Meh…we won, we are through, Zelalem made his debut and it has once again been proven that if Bendtner was told to shoot between the corner flags – he would kick it out for a throw. Giroud did more in 5 minutes (Sign someone please W). Anyway 4-0 without playing that well is the sign of Champions and I can’t wait to spank Munich. Gunners for the treble!!


Spanking that mid-table team will be very satisfying indeed.

Treble? I would content with just the League title, this year. I’m sure if that happens there would be more to follow with the squad we got & the additions AW makes in the summer.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

I hope that remark near the end was an auto-correct and not the snide and distasteful reference it seems to be. If it was deliberate then you should be ashamed of yourself.


Fun match, especially the first half and the last half of the second half. Poldi showed how good he is today!

Also, Jan Åge Fjørtoft wrote this on Twitter about Draxler and Schalke:

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

Fingers crossed that Dick Law & Order doesn’t drive whatever that price is down to the point where Schalke ask him if he’s taking the piss.


If a fee has been agreed, all the necessary haggling has already taken place.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

He recently said Solskjaer would NOT join Cardiff. Pinch of salt, anybody?


Goldi Poldi Hallelujah! 5 germans on the field today (if you count Zelalem). Wouldn’t mind number six…


(If you count Podolski, if you count Ozil, if you count Gnabry. I do, by the way)


Well, the difference is that Zelalem considers himself to be an american (if we should believe guardians excellent article about him today) and have spent a good deal of his life in the USA. Doesn’t really matter as long as he’s a gooner, but wouldn’t like him to end up in the US squad with some frequent and long trips on national duty…


it was a nice, professional performance…although I missed the ladt two goals. I had to leave the viewing center because it was getting late in the night here in Nigeria-I wish I had satelite tv at home. but on the positive, COYGs!!!

The only Olivier is Giroud

Zelalem is going to give us some sparkling memories in years to come… the likes of Gnabry, Zelalem, Wilshere, The Ox, Özil and Ramsey in a few year’s time bossing the midfield… can’t discount Le Coq either. Arteta and Rosicky isn’t getting any younger…

Ps. If we sold Le Coq instead of loaned him out, as I think, I’m going to look like a right tool, so if I am a right tool… be gentle with me, please. I’ll surrender in peace.


The coq is only out on loan. Can’t see him fight his way into this midfield though (but then he’s only 22 and might still improve)…


Problem is, while he is only 22, Ramsey is only 23, Wilshere is also only 22, the OX only 20, and Gnabry and Zelalem 18 and 16.

He is going to get better, but so is all of the competition, and many of them are younger and still here….


Agree. We have one hell of a midfield, so it won’t be easy for the coq. But there might be some more chances for a defensive minded midfielder like him than people in other positions…

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

Heh, Arsenal fans singing “fuck off Mourinho” behind the BT Sport twat. He apologised for it, whilst David O’Leary and Steve MccccManaman tried desperately hard not to burst.


My stream stopped just as O’Leary was about to say why he had the FA Cup in his bedroom.

For the love of god, someone please tell me why. I have to know.


From what I got of it, they went out celebrating after the game, and at the end of the evening he was the last to leave and realized the cup was still there.

So after a ‘what the hell do I do’ moment, he took it home. Kept it by his bed because he was terrified they would get burgled and would then have to explain how the FA Cup got nicked.

He's a blatant diver, but good at it

I think you’ve got that right. Might be something to add about him having to stuff it in his sports bag at last orders because the others had already buggered off. To Romford Pizza Hut, for example.


Thank you.

My mind can now rest.


Bollocks meant to add I think it was the ’93 cup final (and his last game for us)

Stevie boy

Glad Maureen was given abuse lol more of the same from us gunners at their toilet ground later in the season!!!


That smile when asked about Draxler – Drax is coming!


lord bertner dd well tonight though missed some couple of chances.


#aha #Thorshammer #thunderbolt #deadlyleftfoot #KingPoldi #ARSENAL #aha! 


That keypass from Zelalem made the fourth goal. Germmmmaaans!! take me, take me with you!!!


Lad big fucking news and it’s kind a good one but not entirely satisfy me. The guy whom first report of the sale of ozil, said on twitter that arsenal and schalke had agreed fee but he doesn’t know whether he will be leaving this month or not. There we go not a bad new eh. So us gooners hold yours breath and be await on the last day if transfer windows. If you have been support arsenal for a long times then you should know well that our professor want to play dumb game the bam surprise everyone.


Draxler deal done they say? Wengers face clearly not said “no” when he was asked… would definitely be a statement! And I also liked his quote about nobody can question his commitment. Surely he will stay! Future looking so fu**in’ promising! Oh.. and shut up to all these morons moaning about a poor pass from player X or a bad finish from player Y. We’ve just won 4-0 and are in the fifth round, also in the 1/8 finals of the UCL and sitting on top of the league. What in hell must happen that these wankers are happy?!?


Good professional performance tonight as I hoped for. Word on Coventry who I thought were decent going forward, very brave of Pressley to press us high in 2nd half in search of goal to alter game. Hope they get what fans deserve. Did you know they haven’t finished top six since early 70s?


Jan aege fjortorf is his name, and if anyone want to believe then go on twitter and look for that guy. In the end, remember how ozil got here last year, all of the drama happened and our belove sir arsene wenger announce the deal that shock the world. Last words pls don’t harass wenger because of him we r here today with a stadium that can compete with all the big boy European, and ozil of course. So no body is bigger than arsenal but arsenal is bigger because of him. You don’t realize what we have right now… Read more »


The idea of Arsene self-fellating due to the club confuses me…

And titillates me.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

You have a dirty mind, you know. All he meant was that Wenger bites his nails when he gets nervous.

I’m sure that was all he meant.

How could I ever watch him sitting in the dugout again if I was wondering whether he’s brushed his teeth properly ?


Credit to Coventry, they were sharp at the beginning of the second half. Great result, though I really don’t think we can rely on Bendtner. I’d love him to prove me wrong, but we’ve seen this show before– the miskicks, the ball trapped under the feet. Thought Ozil was great, and happy for Zelalem.


I’ve got that double feeling,
Oh oh,
That double feeling,
I’ve got that double feeling,
Now it’s on, on, on.

(I know there’s a long way to go, but still, I feel it in me waters)


Podolski, Ozil, and Jenkinson were great. Bendtner had a day to forget. But I still think we should not only keep Bendtner, but offer him a new one or two year deal. That’s been his only poor performance of the year, and he looked very good in his other appearances. He seems to have got his head screwed on better this year and his work ethic has improved, so I’m perfectly willing to give him a chance to shine.


Good solid win. Hope it carries us to a couple more solid (in terms of goals) victories against Southampton and Palace where we must bank points. We are due a big score to make ground on goal difference in the league to City but of course points first. Suddenly the media have awaken to the fact that we actually have a bit of depth in the striking front with Podolski. Ozil providing again dispels the myth perpetuated that he is limpid. The man has had a phenomenal number of assists considering he is playing badly. He is now linking up… Read more »


Its not just depth in striking. The really funny thing today is the media characterizing it as a very strong, or our strongest side playing last night.

Outside of Per, Kos and Özil, we could have swapped everyone else out for as good/stronger alternatives. Injuries (particularly Wlacott) might mean it couldn’t happen in practice, but the other way, I’m probably doing Vermaelen a disservice by not counting him alongside Koscielny.

i want to boff bendtner and I'm not even gay

Hey you guys 3 more points to arsenal in the league title race!! #goal

Gooner Dave

Did somebody really say “the rain was too wet”? There’s no hope for some.

Through to the next round, now bring on the saints.

Special mention to the guy who asked jenkinson if he wants a pizza ordered. Hilarious!


Ze performance was relaxed. Great work. Draxman! I jus pray that we’re not paying too much. He’ll be a good addition for the long term


World of tanks, who’s in?

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