Arsène Wenger has hailed the Arsenal fans for ensuring the FA Cup tie against Coventry City will be played in front of a sell-out crowd.

The Gunners will go into Friday's game as firm favourites to progress to the fifth round with Coventry sitting 54 places below them in the football league.

Until now in the whole of December I think we had less recovery time than the other teams

Arsène Wenger

It will be the first time the Gunners have played at home on a Friday for nearly 10 years but Wenger believes a capacity crowd shows how much the fans are behind the team.

"It is absolutely fantastic," Wenger said. "It is just an indication of how big this club is.

"I must say I have absolutely total respect for that, that people on the Friday night come to this game and that it is a sell-out."

Arsenal take on Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday and Wenger thinks playing on Friday may give his side a slight advantage over Manchester City and Chelsea.

"A little bit yes, it is less congested," he said. "Most Friday nights we are in hotels because we prepare for games on the Saturday.

"Until now in the whole of December I think we had less recovery time than the other teams. On this occasion we are playing Friday night, I am not in a position where I have to rotate everybody because we are playing Southampton on Tuesday night."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Isaac Moore 23 Jan 2014