Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for Arsenal as the Gunners put six past Coventry to book a Capital One Cup fourth round visit to Reading.

Giroud latched on to Francis Coquelin's pass to open the scoring, but the French striker then missed a penalty.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted before Andrey Arshavin scored on a rare start.

Theo Walcott grabbed the first of two goals before Callum Ball replied for the visitors as Ignasi Miquel added to a convincing Gunners victory.

League Cup fourth-round draw:

  • Sunderland v Middlesbrough
  • Swindon v Aston Villa
  • Wigan v Bradford
  • Leeds v Southampton
  • Norwich v Tottenham
  • Liverpool v Swansea
  • Chelsea v Manchester United
  • Reading v Arsenal

Chances were limited for League One strugglers Coventry, who have only tasted victory in the two previous League Cup rounds this season.

But new boss Mark Robins would have been impressed by a first-half performance where Stephen Elliott went closest to opening the scoring when his header flew wide following Franck Moussa's teasing cross.

The victory for Arsenal maintained their unbeaten start to the season, while there were significant returns for Arshavin, who made his first start since January, and Emmanuel Frimpong following a bad knee injury last season.

Having handed debuts to Moussa and James Bailey, Robins watched as Richard Wood fired over on the half-hour mark but, once Giroud had a sighter, the former Montpellier frontman beat the offside trap before the break to steer past Sky Blues keeper Joe Murphy.

Giroud's chances of then doubling the lead and his season's tally were thwarted when Murphy saved his penalty when he stooped low to his right after Reece Brown had brought down Arshavin.

Arsenal forward Giroud, 25, was not helped when a pitch invader caused a delay to him taking the the spot-kick and a frenetic period continued when Miquel crashed a header against the crossbar following Murphy's save.

After Wood went close with another header, Oxlade-Chamberlain established a measure of control when the teenager collected Arshavin's pass to fire in from 25 yards.

Arshavin, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Zenit St Petersburg, got on the scoresheet by chesting the ball down and firing in for his first goal of the season.

Arsenal's Nico Yennaris was a mascot the last time the Gunners hosted Coventry 12 years ago, and he set Walcott free to make it 4-0.

Ball gave Coventry something to show for their efforts on 78 minutes, but two minutes later Miquel finished before Walcott added a second, and his third of the season, in the last minute.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "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 manager Mark Robins: "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."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Arsenal

  • 36 Martinez
  • 11 Santos
  • 20 Djourou
  • 38 Angha
  • 54 Miquel
  • 14 Walcott
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Gnabry - 72' )
  • 22 Coquelin (Frimpong - 72' )
  • 23 Arshavin
  • 64 Yennaris
  • 12 Giroud (Chamakh - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 60 Shea
  • 18 Squillaci
  • 40 Bellerin
  • 26 Frimpong
  • 46 Eisfeld
  • 47 Gnabry
  • 29 Chamakh

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Clarke
  • 24 Wood
  • 34 Reckord
  • 35 Brown Booked
  • 08 Baker
  • 16 Barton
  • 32 Moussa (Fleck - 60' )
  • 38 Bailey
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 14 Elliott (Ball - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 03 Hussey
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 10 Fleck
  • 09 McDonald
  • 17 Ball
  • 27 Daniels
Ref: Jones
Att: 58,351

Match Stats

Shots

20 9

On target

14 2

Corners

4 4

Fouls

5 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:48 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:00

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Carl Baker (Coventry) to centre, save (caught) by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

90:00 +1:38

Floated corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) to centre, clearance by Nico Yennaris (Arsenal).

90:00 +1:20

Goal kick taken short by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

90:00 +0:28

Header by Callum Ball (Coventry) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

89:08

Assist (pass) by Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal) from own half.

89:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Walcott - Arsenal 6 - 1 Coventry Goal by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).Arsenal 6-1 Coventry.

88:37

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry) on Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) from left wing, passed.

88:28

Attacking throw-in by Carl Baker (Coventry).

86:03

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

85:04

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) on Nico Yennaris (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Johan Djourou (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.

84:07

Shot by Serge Gnabry (Arsenal) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

83:30

Shot by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

82:50

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Arsenal) on Adam Barton (Coventry). Free kick taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) from right channel, passed.

82:32

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

82:14

Shot by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

81:46

Weak shot by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

80:58

Shot by Serge Gnabry (Arsenal) drilled left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

79:26

Assist (cross) by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) from left wing.

79:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Ignasi Miquel - Arsenal 5 - 1 Coventry Headed goal by Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal) (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Arsenal 5-1 Coventry.

79:14

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal).

77:59

Assist (cross) by Carl Baker (Coventry) from right wing.

77:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Callum Ball - Arsenal 4 - 1 Coventry Goal by Callum Ball (Coventry) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Arsenal 4-1 Coventry.

77:11

Goal kick taken long by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

75:50

Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal) on Callum Ball (Coventry). Free kick crossed left-footed by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play.

75:45

Goal kick taken long by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

75:05

Shot by Callum Ball (Coventry) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

73:28

Assist (pass) by Nico Yennaris (Arsenal) from right wing.

73:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Theo Walcott - Arsenal 4 - 0 Coventry Goal by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Arsenal 4-0 Coventry.

73:10

Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

71:36

Free kick taken left-footed by Joe Murphy (Coventry) from own half, resulting in open play.

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Arsenal substitution: Olivier Giroud replaced by Marouane Chamakh (tactical).

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Arsenal substitution: Francis Coquelin replaced by Emmanuel Frimpong (tactical).

71:37 Substitution

Substitution Arsenal substitution: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced by Serge Gnabry (tactical).

71:28

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) caught offside.

70:08

Foul by James Bailey (Coventry) on Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Damian Martinez (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.

69:07

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) to centre, clearance by Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal).

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Coventry substitution: Stephen Elliott replaced by Callum Ball (tactical).

68:06

Shot by James Bailey (Coventry) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

67:00

Shot by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), over the bar.

66:05

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) to centre, header by Johan Djourou (Arsenal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

65:23

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

64:44

Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

62:55

Assist (pass) by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) from left channel.

62:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrey Arshavin - Arsenal 3 - 0 Coventry Goal by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Arsenal 3-0 Coventry.

62:04

Foul by Stephen Elliott (Coventry) on Francis Coquelin (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

61:32

Defending throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

61:10

Shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

59:58

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

59:21 Substitution

Substitution Coventry substitution: Franck Moussa replaced by John Fleck (tactical).

58:13

Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

56:08

Assist (pass) by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) from left channel.

56:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal 2 - 0 Coventry Goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right-footed (high centre of goal) from left channel (25 yards).Arsenal 2-0 Coventry.

55:33

Defending throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

55:08

Shot by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

54:50

Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

53:52

Defending throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

53:44

Goal kick taken long by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

52:47

Foul by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) on Franck Moussa (Coventry). Free kick taken right-footed by Carl Baker (Coventry) from left wing, header by Richard Wood (Coventry) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

52:29

Attacking throw-in by Jamie Reckord (Coventry).

52:07

Attacking throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

51:34

Goal kick taken short by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

50:38

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) to centre, header by Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards),

50:32 Penalty

Placed penalty taken left-footed by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) (bottom-left of goal), save (tipped round post) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

48:27 Booking

Booking Reece Brown (Coventry) booked for unsporting behaviour.

48:06

Foul by Reece Brown (Coventry) on Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal).

47:40

Defending throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

46:54

Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

46:13

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Franck Moussa (Coventry).

45:33

Goal kick taken short by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:19

Foul by James Bailey (Coventry) on Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Martin Angha (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

44:51

Header by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

44:24

Shot by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Reece Brown (Coventry).

43:23

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) on Stephen Elliott (Coventry). Free kick taken right-footed by Reece Brown (Coventry) from right channel, resulting in open play.

42:53

Shot by Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal) overhead kick left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

41:53

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry) on Olivier Giroud (Arsenal). Free kick crossed right-footed by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) from left wing, resulting in open play.

41:39

Defending throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

40:31

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) on Martin Angha (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) from right wing, passed.

38:39

Assist (pass) by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) from left channel.

38:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Olivier Giroud - Arsenal 1 - 0 Coventry Goal by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Arsenal 1-0 Coventry.

38:21

Defending throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

36:19

Defending throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

35:39

Defending throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

34:55

Shot by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

33:45

Attacking throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

33:21

Goal kick taken short by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

32:57

Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

32:34

Attacking throw-in by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry).

31:55

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

31:37

Shot by Martin Angha (Arsenal) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

31:00

Goal kick taken short by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

29:39

Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Arsenal) on Gary McSheffrey (Coventry). Free kick taken left-footed by Carl Baker (Coventry) from right channel, header by Richard Wood (Coventry) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

29:23

Attacking throw-in by Jamie Reckord (Coventry).

29:00

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

28:04

Defending throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

27:32

Cross by Nico Yennaris (Arsenal), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

26:58

Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

25:19

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

25:01

Cross by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal), resulting in ball out of play.

24:29

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

24:02

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

22:56

Defending throw-in by Jamie Reckord (Coventry).

22:10

Goal kick taken long by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

21:40

Shot by Adam Barton (Coventry) left-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.

21:17

Defending throw-in by Jamie Reckord (Coventry).

20:36

Defending throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

20:06

Stephen Elliott (Coventry) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Damian Martinez (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

18:29

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry) on Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

17:27

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

16:31

Attacking throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

15:54

Defending throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

15:14

Attacking throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

13:43

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry) on Francis Coquelin (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

12:51

Attacking throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

12:33

Attacking throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

12:09

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) on Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.

10:41

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Reece Brown (Coventry) from own half, passed.

9:52

Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Johan Djourou (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

9:39

Defending throw-in by Jamie Reckord (Coventry).

9:06

Goal kick taken long by Damian Martinez (Arsenal).

8:35

Header by Stephen Elliott (Coventry) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed right.

7:17

Attacking throw-in by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal).

6:15

Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Damian Martinez (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

5:41

Goal kick taken short by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

5:32

Defending throw-in by Jordan Clarke (Coventry).

4:34

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry) on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Clarindo Andre Santos (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

3:33

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Richard Wood (Coventry) from own half, passed.

2:46

Defending throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

1:57

Attacking throw-in by Martin Angha (Arsenal).

1:05

Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Coventry).

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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