In a game where we looked comfortable most of the time, Arsenal came out four nil winners against a Coventry side who put in a decent performance.
This was the kind of match that the Arsenal of previous seasons might have required a replay to progress to the next stage.
On another day, Leon Clarke might well have brought Coventry level and brought about a tense close to the game, but one of the signs that this is a winning team is that we seem to have acquired the elusive quality I like to call ‘champions luck’. This comes along with the winning mentality and belief this team have that they can come out on top even when they aren’t playing their best or things aren’t quite going their way.
On the performance itself, the backline was their usual solid self with Carl Jenkinson once again showing his error-proneness despite a good performance, and why selling Sagna is not an option at this point.
I now understand Wenger’s comments in the press now about how Ozil kills an opponent slowly even when he seems below par. He has an amazing football brain and his speed of thought when he gets the ball really makes him a joy to watch.
It was also good to see the Ox back in action, and with Serge Gnabry proving he can perform consistently in different positions, the strength in depth of our midfield is clear for all to see.
Lukas Podolski’s brace from the left of midfield shows once again that this is his best position. With the right tweaks to the team, I feel he can play up front if required but he is most lethal feeding of a front man and making use of his deadly left boot.
Bendtner looked a little rusty but seems to have cemented his placed as our replacement striker. Wilshere was his usual classy self in midfield.
Cazorla and Giroud came off the bench to seal the win and it was nice to see Zelalem get a run-out. The Arsenal train just keeps on going folks.
Next up, Southhampton.