Arsenal v Coventry Odds : Gunners looks to progress with no FA Cup upset at Emirates tonight

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Arsenal look set to welcome back Nicholas Bendtner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to their squad for the FA Cup clash with league one side Coventry.

Bendtner has returned to training to following a sprained ankle and should feature while Oxlade-Chamberlain could start after making 2 substitute appearances in recent weeks.



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Midfielder trio Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey miss out while Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott are long-term absentees with their respective knee injuries.

With Manchester City and Chelsea breathing down their neck in the league Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recognises that the FA cup is a good chance to land a first trophy since 2005 and is keen to avoid a repeat of last season’s exit to Blackburn.

We have to prepare seriously for this game, because we are on a good run and it will be really not welcome at all not to take this game seriously,” said the Frenchman.

“Blackburn was the first time in 16 years that we lost against lower league opposition in the FA Cup, so that was a great warning.

“At the moment, this is just our next game and we want to win it.”

Meanwhile Coventry manager Steven Pressley reckons his side can cause a shock at the Emirates despite the gulf in class.

“I hope we can go there with a good mentality, and real belief we can get something,” the former Scottish star said.

“I’ve spoken to the players about that, you can hear that we’re a great passing team, a really exciting team but ultimately you want to have something for show for that, and that’s the same for Friday, we want to get a result.

“Make no mistake, we’re going to need luck – I just hope it’s with us.”

Pressley had enhanced his reputation during his spell in charge guiding the club to mid-table comfort despite starting the season on minus 15 points following administration.

The club knocked out Barnsley in the last round, but a face an uphill challenge against the Premier League leaders.

Coventry lost 6-1 when the two sides last met, the third round the league cup last in 2012 however with the likes of Leon Clarke and attacking midfielder Frank Moussa, with 31 goals between them, they have the tools capable of troubling Arsenal.

Clarke is set to play despite handing in a transfer request while young forward Callum Wilson, with 15 goals to his name this season, is set to miss out with a shoulder injury.

The club also have plenty of experience at the back with former West Brom goal-keeper Joe Murphy and Scottish defender Andy Webster in their ranks.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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