Arsenal 6 (Giroud 39, Chamberlain 56, Arshavin 63, Walcott 74, Miquel 80, Walcott 90) – Coventry City (Ball 78)
Man of the Match – Andriy Arshavin (Arsenal)
There were debutants. There were streakers. There were ‘first goals’. There were some fine goals. There were, well, more goals. And there was Andrei Arshavin as well. And guess what, I missed it all. Presumably, you too did.
Thanks to, I do not know who’s decision, the game last night was not telecasted, and even searching for streaming links online, only ended up in failure, as I was redirected to streaming porn, or even worse (or is it better?), streaming of the Manchester United vs Newcastle United game.
Finally, when I thought I had gotten hold of a streaming link, I was left in an even more frustrated state, when I realized it was just commentary. I even manhandlingly (RIP English) changed my laptop angles to make sure the game wasn’t being shown in the background of all those ads, which promise to teach you English in 10 days and sell you Levi’s t-shirts for as cheap as sand.
Anyways, I am not going to bore you with the happenings of one of the frustrating nights of my life. Here’s a brief report of what I heard and what I read of the game.
The Gunners started with a heady mix of youth and talent. Young Argentine goalkeeper Damian Martinez and Swiss defender Martin Angha made their debuts, while other youngsters included Ignasi Miquel, Nico Yennaris, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott.(Can we call him that?) There were starts as well for Olivier Giroud, still seeking his first goal at Arsenal, Andrei Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Andre Santos. (Remember them?)
Well, the first 30 minutes or so were pretty dull, and the commentators weren’t helping either. Arsenal got into the Coventry box far too often, only to see attacks scuppered. Andrei Arshavin, starting down the left, looked really lively, and I infer that from the number of times Arshavin was uttered.
Anyways, the first goal came 5 minutes before half-time, when Coquelin won the ball on the edge of the area, allowing Giroud to neatly chip the ball past Murphy, for his first Arsenal goal. It should come as a relief, after all these weeks of pressure.
The Gunners seemed more urgent in the second half, and had the chance to go 2-0 up when Andrei Arshavin was bundled over clumsily. Olivier Giroud stepped up but was treated to a couple of streakers, (who wore shorts for heaven’s sake) running on to the pitch, revelling in the atmosphere, and making a name for themselves. It was enough to put the Frenchman away, and his timid effort was well saved. One step forward, two steps backward it seems.
The Gunners didn’t have to wait too long though, as the delightful Arshavin set up Chamberlain, who finished into the top corner. And the Russian got into the goalscoring act, when Giroud played in a fine pass, which was finished with some aplomb. (Or so they say)
And the night got even worse for Coventry, when Walcott scored the fourth goal, which was a carbon copy of his goal against Sp*rs in February. Again, that’s what they said it was like. Coventry managed to give something to smile for their 8000 strong travelling contingent, when Callum Ball scored.
But, it was brief moments in the happy world, as Ignasi Miquel scored from a Yennaris assist. (or was it Arshavin?). By now, the Gunners had Emmanuel Frimpong, Serge Gnabry and the shisha-smoking, hair gel model, snood wearing Morroccan on.
Theo Walcott showed again what he can do when he plays down in the middle, with a Henry-esque finish. So, all in all, a fantastic win. 6-1 on the night, and a good run out for the ones trying to break into the first team. While it was decent enough listening to the commentary, it got to my nerves thinking that I had missed what was described as a classy second half display.
A couple of things to end with. Arsenal sold 59,000 tickets against a League One side. Chelsea sold 32,000 against a Championship side, Man City sold 28,000 against a Prem side and Man United sold only 46,000 tickets against another Prem side. I think it speaks enough about our fantastic support.
The fifth round draw followed after all the games, and we will travel to Reading on October 30/31. Other games include the small matter of Chelsea vs Manchester United, Liverpool hosting Brendan Rodgers’ previous club, Swansea and Norwich against Sp*rs.
The tweet of the day, or text of the day goes to Ian, who says “Calm down all you arsenal fans, you’re playing Coventry. Second worst team in League One, in fact, second worst team in Coventry.”
It doesn’t matter, Ian.
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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