Arsenal were merciless dispatching Coventry by six goals top one last night in what was a memorable Capital One Cup tie at the Emirates.
“I think we did our job, in the first half we were tested defensively mainly, in the second half our offensive potential made the difference when they tired a little bit.
“From then on of course you had Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud who were always a threat and the difference of quality had a big impact on the result in the end.”
Coventry boss Mark Robins added, “I think for us it is easy to be hypercritical but it is difficult to be that when you are playing one of the best teams in Europe – regardless of the players he has put on the field, they are quality players.
“It is disappointing to lose the six goals, there is a danger that you look at it and think that is acceptable, that isn’t acceptable but it is building it up.
“We ran out of legs and that is something we have got to work on.”
One man who saw his chances of playing a more central role for the north London club do no harm was Theo Walcott. The 23-year-old disproved any doubters who are sceptical about his ability to finish in front of goal. If the first of Walcott’s goals was polished, the second was classy with a sublime side-footed curler past the despairing Sky Blues stopper Joe Murphy.
As for Giroud, the Frenchman has got the proverbial monkey off his back, for now. Although he would have been grateful for the opportunity to grab his first goal for the club in the Capital One Cup, he would surely love to get his Premier League tally off and running too.