Arsenal 6 Coventry City 1

The Emirates stadium rocked to the sight of the Arsenal youth system coming alive before the eyes of all of us fortunate to have been present. A blend of youth with a touch of experience – ok the experience was young too, blew away Coventry City, and we even witnessed Olivier Giroud’s first strike in England. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrey Arshavin, Ignasi Miquel and a Theo Walcott double ensured the Sky Blues endured a miserable night in north London, with only Callum Ball giving the visitor’s large travelling contingent something to cheer about. Although Giroud missed from the penalty spot, given the Gunners’ dominance, the end result would never be in any doubt.

Arsenal will now travel to Reading in the 4th round drawn later this evening.

Arsenal were quick out of the traps, their movement and fluidity bearing all the hallmarks of the senior eleven. Despite their League 1 status, Coventry exhibited now obvious nerves and saw Stephen Elliot and Adam Barton test the Gunners’ defence early on. It was Giroud who would break the deadlock . Francis Coquelin put in the former Montpellier man, for a deft finish and more than a passing interest from Andrey Arshavin in the build up. The Russian would have more of an impact later.

Given their dominance, it was surprising that only one goal separated the sides at half time. Shortly after the break however Arsenal had their second goal. It was to be Oxlade Chamberlain who doubled the advantage, after some neat work from Arshavin.

Joe Murphy was more than deceived by the swerve and pace from the Gunners’ 15 who let fly from 25 yards.The Coventry keeper had previously saved well from Giroud’s poorly taken penalty but he was unable to prevent that strike and theonslaught that was to follow.

Just after the hour mark Arsenal were 3-0 up. Giroud was the beneficiary of Nico Yennaris’ breakthrough. Giroud fed Arshavin and with one touch and an excellent finish that spoke volumes for perhaps Arshavin’s still Arsenal future?

Johan Djourou found himself advanced and his header then tested Coventry keeper Murphy again as the Gunners surged forward at will

It would be only a matter of time before Arsenal would score again and that man Yennaris was once again involved, He burst through breaking up at Coventry attack and fed Walcott.

Racing away, Walcott buried his shot from range, with the confidence that we know he posesses. City then grabbed a goal back from substitute Callum Ball for a 4-1 score line.

10 minutes before time and Arsenal had another, their fifth goal. Arshavin crossed and Ignasi Miquel’s powerful header found the target for a well taken strike.

Walcott then grabbed his second goal from substitute Emmanuel Frimpong’s well weighted pass. The Arsenal 14 has made a declaration for a future central role, and his comming in from the left was reminiscent of the Gunners all time record goal scorer a certain Thierry Henry.

The welcome sight of Fimpong featuring in his first Arsenal game since a seven months of injury lay off fed Walcott to once again score past Murphy.

We saw some excellent performances all around from this young Arsenal side, Martin Angha, and Damian Martinez showed more than a glimpse of the talent at the Emirates as did substitute Serge Gnabry.

Arsenal posess a very potent offensive alternative ,Oxlade-Chamberlain continues in his excellent form and seeing him score was one of the many highlights in the destruction of Coventry.

This young Arsenal side will reflect on a comfortable win, with much tougher matches lying ahead