Oxford United v Arsenal: FA Cup third spherical – dwell | FA Cup

Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

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Oxford United: McGinty, Anderson, Moore, Long, Brown, McGuane, Bate, Brannagan, Bodin, Taylor, Murphy

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Subs: Eastwood, Fleming, Findlay, Johnson, Goodrham, Negru, Wildschut, Sade, O’Donkor

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Arsenal: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, Lokonga, Vieira, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah

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Subs: Hein, White, Zinchenko, Party, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Marquinhos, Butler-Oyedeji

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There have been a few shocks already in the third round. League Two Stevenage have dumped out Aston Villa, while League One’s Sheffield Wednesday have sent Newcastle packing, not to mention Wrexham downing Coventry.

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Tonight we have another chance of an upset. Oxford are hosting the best team in the country, Arsenal. A win for Karl Robinson’s side would be the greatest turn up for the books in this year’s competition thus far, mainly thanks to how well Mikel Arteta’s side are doing.

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Oxford are set for a season of mid-table mediocrity. They currently sit 15th in the third tier but they will be backed by the majority of the three-sided Kassam Stadium, with a few stragglers expected to be on top of vans in the car park to get a glimpse of the Premier League leaders in town.

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The good news for Oxford is that Arsenal will make some changes to give a few fringe players a chance to show what they can do in a pressurised environment. Some might not fancy a cold night in Oxford and could be caught out by their lesser opponents. Some, however, will be desperate to prove they are good enough to play regularly in the Premier League and that should worry Oxford.

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Let’s hope for a cracker.

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Kick-off: 8pm GMT.

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Key occasions

14 min: Tierney launches a protracted throw into the realm, it’s flicked on into the six-yard field however is volleyed clear from the center of the goalmouth.

12 min: Arsenal win a few corners in fast succession on the left. Vieira is in control of them and forces two good headers from Brown to clear the hazard.

10 min: The stadium appears fairly subdued. One would suppose the followers are wanted to get the gamers moving into a cup tie. I used to be at Chesterfield on Saturday and the house assist was fairly relentless.

8 min: Murphy will get into area on the precise and chips a ball into the six-yard field however Turner comes to gather and releases it early to start out a counter. A foul on the midway line stops the assault.

6 min: Oxford are passing the ball round fairly nicely and don’t appear fazed by Arsenal press.

4 min: Arsenal give the ball away on the sting of their very own field, McGuane tries to take it into the realm however his contact sends it to Turner, who gladly collects. Arsenal want to modify on.

2 min: The pitch seems a contact patchy, which could clarify Oxford’s Lengthy passing the ball straight out for a throw-in in his personal half.

Kick-off

Peep! Peep! Peep! Right here we go!

“Fabio Vieira isn’t going to get many possibilities to point out that he may very well be an affordable understudy for Martin Ødegaard, so he’d higher make a very good displaying tonight,” writes Charles Antaki. “In video games to date he is ranged from cool to tepid to barely heat in patches. A contact or two on the thermostat would do him a variety of good tonight.”

The gamers are out on the pitch!

Extra on names. This time from Jeff Sachs: “Yoav in Hebrew means God is the daddy And the title represents management and charisma.”

Sergei Nirenburg emails relating to Yoav Sade: “The spelling is enjoying video games with us. SaDE(H) means fields in Hebrew. Fairly a couple of of very well-known individuals within the historical past of Israel had this title.”

Is that this nominative determinism?

Carl Robinson: “I believe when the draw was made I mentioned I wished a workforce that will seize the group.

“We do prefer to dominate possession of the ball however I’m not positive we will do this tonight. We don’t compromise, we need to be the very best model of ourselves.

“While you play in these video games you need to play in opposition to the very best gamers.”

What number of might be watching from a automotive roof?

The view from the automotive park behind the aim. {Photograph}: Richard Heathcote/Getty Photographs

The Guardian’s Karen Carney is within the studio. I’m not positive her subsequent column might be about Oxford.

“Are you able to touch upon whether or not or not Oxford substitute Sade is a clean operator?” asks Peter Oh.

With a primary title like Yoav, I reckon they’re as clean as they arrive.

“Burgers and Fries? I assumed you of us insisted on calling them ‘Chips’. What provides? ask Joe Pearson. (Peter Oh principally despatched the identical e mail however seconds later).

Big American following in Oxford.

Get within the temper for the sport with Nick Ames’ chat with Steve Perryman. I might have interviewed Ray Houghton personally, however every to their very own.

That could be a fairly sturdy Arsenal workforce. No scarcity of standard starters in workforce and lots extra ammunition on the bench.

Beginning lineups

Oxford United: McGinty, Anderson, Moore, Lengthy, Brown, McGuane, Bate, Brannagan, Bodin, Taylor, Murphy

Subs: Eastwood, Fleming, Findlay, Johnson, Goodrham, Negru, Wildschut, Sade, O’Donkor

Arsenal: Turner, Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, Lokonga, Vieira, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah

Subs: Hein, White, Zinchenko, Celebration, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Marquinhos, Butler-Oyedeji

Hiya

There have been a couple of shocks already within the third spherical. League Two Stevenage have dumped out Aston Villa, whereas League One’s Sheffield Wednesday have despatched Newcastle packing, to not point out Wrexham downing Coventry.

Tonight now we have one other probability of an upset. Oxford are internet hosting the very best workforce within the nation, Arsenal. A win for Karl Robinson’s facet can be the best flip up for the books on this 12 months’s competitors up to now, primarily because of how nicely Mikel Arteta’s facet are doing.

Oxford are set for a season of mid-table mediocrity. They presently sit fifteenth within the third tier however they are going to be backed by the vast majority of the three-sided Kassam Stadium, with a couple of stragglers anticipated to be on prime of vans within the automotive park to get a glimpse of the Premier League leaders on the town .

The excellent news for Oxford is that Arsenal will make some modifications to provide a couple of fringe gamers an opportunity to point out what they will do in a pressurized atmosphere. Some won’t fancy a chilly night time in Oxford and may very well be caught out by their lesser opponents. Some, nonetheless, might be determined to show they’re adequate to play usually within the Premier League and that ought to fear Oxford.

Let’s hope for a cracker.

Kick-off: 8pm GMT.

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