Quick Bit: Follow the action live as Premier League leaders Arsenal head to League One side Oxford in the FA Cup third round.
Premier League leaders Arsenal will be expected to extend a run of 13 successful FA Cup ties against teams from outside the top two divisions of English football when they visit Oxford United in the 2022/23 third round on Monday.
The Gunners last lost to opponents meeting that description when they were knocked out by Wrexham in 1992, and Oxford’s current run of one win in six league games will only add to the FA Cup shock if they can earn a positive result against the team six points clear at the top-flight summit.
“From what we’ve seen, they’ve played in different ways – and result-wise as well, they’ve had a bit of everything,” said Arteta. “It’ll be a very special night and everybody will raise their level. It will be tough.”
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
Oxford vs. Arsenal live score
Oxford vs. Arsenal live updates, highlights from FA Cup third round
105 mins from kickoff: Arsenal have only been eliminated in two of their last 26 FA Cup third round ties – both times against Nottingham Forest, in 2017-18 and 2021-22.
The Gunners last went out at this stage in consecutive seasons in 1994-95 (vs Millwall) and 1995-96 (vs Sheffield United).
105 mins from kickoff: Opened in 2001, the Kassam Stadium is named after former Oxford chairman Firoz Kassam and has had an average attendance so far in League One this season of 7,958.
There were 16,500 people here to see Elton John play a gig in the summer of 2006.
120 mins from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of Arsenal’s first game in this season’s FA Cup, when they are facing an Oxford side whose head coach, Karl Robinson, has described their campaign so far as “bang average”.
Arsenal’s has been anything but, establishing a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League which will count for nothing when they kick off at the Kassam Stadium this evening. A repeat of the routine 2-0 win they secured against the U’s at this stage in the 2002/03 season, when Dennis Bergkamp became a Gunners goal centurion, would be ideal for the Gunners – but their hosts face little pressure as they chase an upset.
Oxford vs. Arsenal predicted lineups
Oxford head coach Karl Robinson has two new defenders to call upon for a sold-out game that gave him the novelty of speaking to dozens of reporters, with millions likely to watch his players take on the 14-time FA Cup winners.
Hull City’s Brandon Fleming has moved to United on loan and 20-year-old centre-back Stephan Negru joined from League of Ireland Premier Division side Shelbourne at the start of the year.
Oxford predicted lineup (4-3-3): McGinty (GK) – Anderson, Moore, Long, Fleming – Bate, McGuane, Brannagan – Wildschut, Taylor, Goodrham
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he has no new injury concerns following the goalless draw at home to Newcastle, so Eddie Nketiah could continue in attack in place of the injured Gabriel Jesus (knee).
Arteta will monitor Emile Smith Rowe in training and hopes the midfielder, who he called “incredible” in his pre-match press conference, will be able to make his return from a long-term groin injury. Reiss Nelson is still out.
Arsenal predicted lineup (4-3-3): Ramsdale (GK) – Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney – Odegaard, Elneny, Xhaka – Vieira, Nketiah, Martinelli
What time is Oxford vs. Arsenal kick off?
Oxford play host to Arsenal at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, England. It kicks off at 8 p.m. BST on Monday, January 9.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
*Game starts on January 10 in these time zones
Oxford vs. Arsenal live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
beIN Sports Connect
SONY TEN 2, JioTV
Astro Supersport 4, sooka, Astro Go
111 mio Sports 1
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