Ray Parlour curls home our opener...

..with a deft flick from the outside of his right foot.

Ray wheels away in delight.

And deservedly takes his applause.

Kanu skips through the City defence and slides the ball into Overmars' path.

Overmars is onto it in a flash.

And knock it past Hedman to make it 2-0.

ARSENAL vs Coventry
2 - 0
Attendance : 38,073

By Marc Isaacs

ARSENE WENGER was pleased to see his side pick up yet another victory as the Gunners saw off Coventry with goals from Ray Parlour and Marc Overmars.

But the Arsenal boss was disappointed that his side could not finish the game off sooner as they had to wait until the 80th minute before Overmars made the game
safe for us.

Wenger said: "We missed a bit of sharpness today. I was very happy when the second goal went in and quite relieved.

"It was a great performance from the players at the back and in the end it was the experience that got us through."

Wenger believed that the substitution of Lee Dixon midway through the first half with a twisted ankle affected the way we were playing and upset the balance of the team.

Wenger added: "We were very dis-organised when Lee had to come off. He was giving us great power on the right flank and when we lost him, I had to play Ray Parlour at right back.

"We didn't look solid at all in the last 15 minutes of the first half."

But Wenger put things right at half-time and we came out in the second half and looked more balanced as a team and should have finished Coventry off with a host of chances that went begging.

We had to wait until the 80th minute for Overmars to seal the game for us after Kanu worked wonders on the edge of the box taking the ball around three Coventry defenders before laying the ball off to Overmars who struck a low left foot shot past Hedman into the corner of the net.

But it was Parlour's first goal that got the ball rolling for us and Wenger was quick to praise the new England boy after another magnificent display.

"I think he is ready to play for England. Kevin Keegan seems very positive about him from what he has been saying.

"He can adopt to playing in different positions and I was delighted with the way he finished for the first goal.

"He was calm and composed in the box and would not have done that a year ago. He is such a tremendous talent and keeps performing well every game.

"The more he plays the better he gets."

This latest victory puts us right on the heels of Manchester United and keeps our dreams of achieving the double for a second consecutive season firmly on track.

And boss Arsene Wenger is only to well aware that we have to keep coming up with these kind of results if we are to overtake United and reclaim top spot.

"It is very important that we keep up there and get into Europe next season. Leeds scored four goals again today and have to play everyone at home, so we have to make sure we stay above them."

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