Coventry City – FA Cup 4th round: Team News and Predicted Starting XI

Errrr… What’s going on here?

Morning, folks.

Right…Bloody hell… I’ve not much time in which to scribe this. I must make haste and get straight to the point. I’d have more time but I’ve been a busy fellow indeed, editing bits for the Goonersphere Podcast we’re recording today and engaging in my usual puerile jiggery pokery.

Blather alet. Focus, James. There’s an important match with Coventry City, and before we begin, I like to add my support to their fans looking to protest against the way their Club is being run tonight. If you’re in attendance, show them your support. Problems in football could affect us all. They deserve to be heard.

The team news is as I’d expected. Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are still out. Theo we know is just beginning the road to recovery. Nicklas Bendtner is fit and should start up front. Abou Diaby and Yaya Sanogo have taken off across America in a VW Camper Van and hope to visit as many landmarks as possible whilst writing a travel blog. Both are out of the squad tonight.

Guessing the team is tricky. Huge changes from our regular starting 11 are very likely, as is the absence of most first team regulars with a trip to Southampton on Tuesday. What will Arsene do? Here’s my best attempt to predict:

Vs Coventry?

Of course, that could very well be wildly inaccurate. We have a few talented youngsters waiting in the wings and this is precisely the type of fixture seen as ideal to give them a taste of first-team football at the Emirates. We have a squad more than capable of dispatching Coventry using our reserves and youngsters. It should be a walk in the park and accompanied by a few goals.

Yet, we can’t be sure. This is, after all, is the Fa Cup, a competition built on the giant killing acts of so-called minnows. Anything could happen, and let’s all hope Arsenal aren’t on the receiving end of any embarrassing headlines come Saturday morning – I still can’t get my head around a match being played at 7:45 on a Friday night. It’s thrown my whole sense of time off this week. I don’t know wether I’m coming or going.

I’ll finish by predicting the outcome. Hmmm… I’ll go for 4-1.

The comments await you, delicious reader. Why not use ’em to share with me and the others your thoughts on who should play and what the final score will be. I’ll return tomorrow to write a review of the game – that’ll be a f**king strange thing to be doing on a Saturday morning. Damn you, BT Sport.

As always, thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.


  1. mohamed aziz

    Garnaby on the rightwing ox letwing cazorla behind bentdner rociscy famini wilshere jenko mertezeker verm monreal between the sticks can we see the italian for a change

  2. mohamed aziz

    Sorry no rocsky to make them 11 players

  3. optimist habila

    We don’t have to rush Niklas. I’m afraid if something happens. I wish we didn’t use either of Giroud and Bendtner tonight. That’s why we need another striker.

  4. Alexander Tan (@atanhk88)

    Opted for the same line-up but Wilshere in place of Rosicky since he’s said to be out. I really want to see Ox play behind the stiker!

    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      @Alexander Tan: Cheeky whoring attempt…

  5. Admir

    Hello, James! How that Podcast thing is going? 🙂

    This competition might be our biggest chance to win some silverware. In order to do that, we must beat five more opponents. Coventry should be the easiest one on that path.

    I just hope we won’t have an upset in the mould of last season’s cup exits against Blackburn or Bradford. I’d like to see at least one game this season without need to bite my nails as I would have to bite my toe-nails tonight.

    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      @Admir: Podcast ‘thing’ is going very well, thanks 🙂

      1. Admir

        I think you can see my e-mail address in case you still consider my offer from Twitter. 🙂

  6. Joy

    Hmm… Oddly you ain’t nervous about this match JR. I’m surprised rockstar!

    1. Joy

      By the way, where’s GOONERKAM? Haven’t heard from him in a while.

    2. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      @Joy: I am a little, but couldn’t keep saying so as it might get a little boring. As for GOONERKAM? Who knows? I’m sure he’ll return to grace us with his presence soon enough.


    I’m gracefully back to return to you and the lovely JOY.
    My line up.

    BENCH…. lots of guys from the youth team setup to come on second half when the score is 3-0 or 4-0.
    C O Y G


    Nice work JR. don’t worry , the once proud Coventry city team is no longer. This is in the bag. Lets just hope they don’t fall prey to a Mideast or Russian consortium. I would be a sad day for them and their fine manager.
    Such golden words haven’t been spoken in regards ARSENAL & AW..
    enjoy the game JOY, UTA!!!!!!

    1. Joy

      Hehehe…. There you are! For a minute I thought you ran off to America in a VW Camper Van to join up with Yaya sanogo and Diaby. Lolz

      1. GOONERKAM

        I am allready In America. Taking out ABU & YAYA to dinner tonight and a pickup game in the park tomorrow.


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