Arsenal 1 Coventry 0 (aet)

  • By: Bill Pierce, PA Sport
  • Last Updated: May 22 2012, 10:01 BST

Dennis Bergkamp came back from suspension to shoot Arsenal into the

quarter-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup with an extra-time winner against Coventry

at Highbury tonight.

But the mercurial Dutchman, who will complete a three-match ban in the

Premiership game at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, had to share the honour of

being man of the match with reserve goalkeeper Alex Manninger.

The Austrian under-21 international, bought by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for

£500,000 from Casino Graz during the summer, pulled off a hat-trick of brilliant

saves to keep Arsenal's mixture of experienced first-teamers and precocious

reserves in the competition.

Just three minutes from the end of extra-time, with Arsenal clinging to

Bergkamp's 12th goal in 14 games in the 99th minute, Manninger plunged

fearlessly at the feet of Coventry substitute Darren Huckerby who had burst

clean through a malfunctioning offside trap.



Manninger, Dixon, Bould, Platt, Keown, Upson, Parlour,

Mendez (Marshall 105), Hughes, Anelka (Wreh 67), Bergkamp.

Subs Not Used: Lukic.

Goals: Bergkamp 99.

Coventry: Ogrizovic, Shaw, Burrows, Williams, Breen, Dublin,

McAllister, Telfer, Hall, Haworth (Huckerby 75), Nilsson.

Subs Not Used: Soltvedt, Boland.

Booked: Haworth, Burrows, Shaw, Williams.

Att: 30,199

Ref: G R Ashby (Worcester).