Jan 24, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
CoventryCoventry City
Podolski (15', 27'), Giroud (85'), Cazorla (89')
Wilshere (39')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Result: Arsenal put four past Coventry City to move into FA Cup fifth round

Lukas Podolski's first-half brace and late goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla help Arsenal thrash Coventry 4-0 to move into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Lukas Podolski's first-half brace and late strikes from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla saw Arsenal ease into the fifth round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 4-0 win over Coventry City tonight.

Lukas Podolski of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their second goal with a header during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth round match between Arsenal and Coventry City at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2014 © Getty Images

Podolski netted twice before the half-hour mark and although the Gunners took their foot off the gas in the second period, Giroud and Cazorla came off the bench to make the scoreline emphatic in the final stages.

The Gunners were completely dominant in the opening minutes against their League One opponents, although they broke the deadlock with a goal which came after a slick counter-attacking move.

Mesut Ozil slipped a pass inside Sky Blues full-back Cyrus Christie for his international teammate Podolski to round City goalkeeper Joe Murphy and tuck the ball into the net with great composure.

Another of his German compatriots, Per Mertesacker, provided Podolski with his second, flicking on a corner at the near post for the versatile forward to nod home from close range on 27 minutes.

Arsenal's German striker Lukas Podolski scores his second goal during the English FA Cup fourth round match between Arsenal and Coventry City at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 24, 2014© Getty Images

Arsenal's goalscorer and Serge Gnabry had chances to put the tie to bed before the break but were wasteful, and Coventry came out after the interval and nearly worked their way back into the match.

Their only real effort on goal in the first period came through Carl Baker's solo attempt, a run and shot from distance which forced Lukas Fabianski into a diving save over his crossbar, but they were more dangerous after the resumption of play as Leon Clarke had a couple of one-on-one opportunities.

He firstly took too long to get a shot away and fired straight and Fabianski, and then hit the post on 57 minutes following good work from Franck Moussa, as complacency crept into Arsenal's performance.

However, their substitutes changed that as Giroud netted on 84 minutes, drilling into the bottom corner from Kieran Gibbs's layoff, and Cazorla rounded things off five minutes later by volleying in a rebound.

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