Arsenal beat Coventry 4-0

  • Last Updated: January 24 2014, 23:12 GMT

A review of Friday night's action in the FA Cup.

  • Lukas Podolski heads home as Arsenal beat Coventry 4-0.
  • Nottingham Forest drew 0-0 with Preston. 

Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Coventry at the Emirates Stadium.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had named a strong starting XI, which included club-record signing Mesut Ozil.

The Sky Bet League 1 side were never given a chance to think about causing an upset as a first-half double from Lukas Podolski put them in control of the tie, with Olivier Giroud adding a third late on after coming off the bench and fellow substitute Santi Cazorla crashing in his third goal in two appearances on 89 minutes.

Wenger, who handed a senior debut to 16-year-old midfield prospect Gedion Zelalem - not even born when he first took charge at Highbury - will now regroup his squad for the Premier League trip to Southampton.

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Nottingham Forest and Preston face a replay after a goalless FA Cup fourth-round tie at the City Ground.

Billy Davies' side found it difficult to break down a well organised Preston team as the visitors defended in numbers and asked questions of the Reds' invention and creativity.

North End tried to catch the Reds on the break and almost did so on a handful of occasions in the second half as Karl Darlow was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

That Forest did not muster a shot on goal in the second half until six minutes from the end underlines Preston's discipline and work rate.

It earned the Sky Bet League 1 side another chance of an upset at Deepdale at the beginning of next month.

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