Arsenal v Coventry City

Scouting Report - Coventry City

Before every Arsenal fixture, we'll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners' next opponents. 

Coventry City are the visitors to Emirates Stadium on Friday in the FA Cup fourth round. To find out more, we asked journalist Andy Turner.

Coventry have been outstanding so far this season, considering where they started the campaign after a 10-point deduction. They're now within arm's length of the play-offs and they have been really impressive in the first half of the season.

The win over Barnsley in the last round was a game of two halves. Coventry were dreadful in the first half, they just didn't get to grips with the game at all and looked like they were on their way out of the competition. But they got two goals in the second half quite late. Franck Moussa and Leon Clarke scored two fantastic goals on the break.

"This year Pressley has worked all through the summer, shaping them in the way he wants to play, which is a high pressing game"

Andy Turner

There have been been several stand-out players this season. Clarke and Callum Wilson have been excellent, unfortunately Wilson is currently out with a dislocated shoulder but he's scored 15 goals this season and Clarke's got 18. He [Clarke] holds the ball up really well and is a very experienced striker at League One level.

In midfield John Fleck has also been outstanding, he's in his second season here and plays in a position that Steven Pressley likes to call a quarter-back. He sprays the ball about well from the midfield and presses opponents very well. The other stand-out player is Moussa who is now playing as a second striker with Clarke in Wilson's absence. Moussa's got 11 goals this season, including a sensational strike last weekend against Preston.

The attention to detail in terms of fitness will be key to the side's preparation for the visit to Emirates Stadium. That will be the big difference compared to the League Cup game there last year when Mark Robins had just taken over but wasn't able to stamp his authority on the team in time.

This year Pressley has worked all through the summer, shaping them in the way he wants to play, which is a high pressing game.

Coventry like to pass the ball through midfield but they are obviously going to have less possession against Arsenal so I imagine every player will have a job to do and they will try and close Arsenal down as much as possible.

I don't think Coventry will just set out to try and defend, I think they will try and catch Arsenal on the counter, but it will all be about hard work, attention to detail and a huge slice of luck.

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