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Gunner's Crush Coventry City

Arsenal became the first name in the hat for the FA Cup fifth round after cruising to a 4-0 win over Coventry City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

Lukas Podolski produced the first real effort at goal when he got on the end of a low whipped in ball from fullback Jenkinson in the ninth minute.

Podolski then opened the scoring at the Emirates Stadium after the German forward latched onto a through ball by Mesut Ozil before rounding the keeper and slide it into an empty net from a tight angle with 15 minutes played.

Coventry City then had their first real opportunity in this FA Cup tie when Baker beat Per Mertesacker before unleashing powerful effort from outside the box which was brilliantly saved by Fabianski in the Gunner’s goal.

Arsene Wenger’s men then doubled their lead with Podolski grabbing his second of the game; heading home at the back-post after a neat near-post headed flick-on from Mertesacker following a corner kick in the 27th minute.

Coventry finally had a second opportunity to pull a goal back in the second-half, but Clarke took too long to get a shot away after beating the Gunner’s offside trap and Fabianski made a comfortable save with 50 minutes on the clock.

The visitors seemed to grow in confidence in the second period, controlling more possession and asking questions of the Arsenal defence, while Wenger’s men seemed to have taken their foot off the pedal.

Clarke came close once more when the Coventry striker was unlucky not half the deficit in the 57th minute, only managing to hit the woodwork.

The Gunner’s then killed off the cup tie with second-half substitute Olivier Giroud scoring their third, after being setup by Gibbs from left-back in the 84th minute.

Santi Cazorla got Arsenal’s fourth and the final goal of the game, volleying home a rebound in the dying minutes of the game.

Wenger’s men booked their place in the last 16 but the 4-0 score-line did flatter the home side as Coventry were unlucky not to at least grab one goal at the Emirates.

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