Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7/10
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain performed well on his return to the starting line-up, in a central midfield role alongside Jack Wilshere.
‘The Ox’ is amongst the favourites to take injured club team-mate Theo Walcott’s place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the
Jack Wilshere – 7/10
Jack Wilshere has been in brilliant form recently, but his natural desire to join the attack meant that Coventry City were able to break through the Gunners’ central midfield in the second half.
Still, the England international produced some great through balls, and competed with typical tenacity.
Serge Gnabry – 7/10
Serge Gnabry found himself in shooting positions a number of times in the first half but was unable to capitalise.
Regardless, the teenager was tidy in possession, and his movement, technique and maturity bely his mere 18 years.
Mesut Ozil – 8/10
Mesut Ozil began the match with a few tricks and flicks, suggesting manager Arsene Wenger had told him to go out and enjoy himself.
The Germany star cropped up all over the pitch, showing great willingness and running, and was always available for a pass.
Assisted Lukas Podolski’s opening goal with sublime vision and weight of ball, and hit the post late on with a great shot.
Lukas Podolski – 9/10
Lukas Podolski was described recently by Arsene Wenger as amongst the very best finishers in world football, and proved his class upon breaking the deadlock, rounding the goalkeeper and slotting in from a tight angle.
He soon doubled both his and Arsenal’s tally, heading in after Per Mertesacker nodded the ball across goal.
The German doesn’t help out his defence as much as Santi Cazorla, and is less involved in patient build up play, but his directness is a real asset to the Gunners – particularly in the absence of Theo Walcott through injury.