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'Coventry are a threat' - Wenger

23 January 2014

Arsene Wenger believes football is capable of throwing up shock results ahead of City's trip to the Emirates...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted Coventry City can pose a realistic threat to his side at the Emirates in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Frenchman's side are on a terrific run of form at the Emirates, having only suffered one defeat there in the Premier League this season.

City's trip to North London is set to be the first ever Friday night match at the Emirates as Steven Pressley's side look to pull off a famous FA Cup victory against the Premier League leaders.

The Sky Blues have only lost once in their last 11 matches going into the game and Wenger says football has always been capable of pulling off shock results.

Answering whether City are realistically a threat to Arsenal, Wenger answered: "Yes, of course. 

"If there is two or three divisions difference in rugby, basketball or volleyball, the higher team always wins. 

"Football maybe the only sport, you can win (with the divisional difference) and that makes it so unpredictable."

Wenger's first home game in charge of the Arsenal was against Coventry City in October 1996, a game which ended in a 0-0 draw.

There have been some great matches between the two sides during the Frenchman's stewardship. None more so than the Boxing Day 3-2 victory in 1999, when goals from Gary McAllister, Mustapha Hadji and Robbie Keane secured a 3-2 win over the Gunners at Highfield Road.

Whilst the Arsenal boss confessed to not knowing much about the current City side, he does recall the Sky Blues in the Premier League.

He added: "I know much more than you think about Coventry City. First of all, when I arrived here, they were in the Premier League and one of the good teams.

"We had many difficult games against them when they were in the Premier League. About the modern Coventry City, I must confess, I don't know a lot.

"I read an article about their manager last week but I will know much more tonight. This afternoon will be dedicated to getting to know more about them.

"We have to prepare seriously for this game as we are on a good run."

Thanks to and Arsenal Player in helping write this article.

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