Arsenal Vs Oxford Utd Live Football Match Score 9/1/2023

Arsenal Vs Oxford Utd Live Football Match Score 9/1/2023

Oxford United will have “millions of people willing us on as underdogs” when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup, says boss Karl Robinson. The League One club host the Premier League leaders and record-14 time winners in the third round on Monday. “We’re massive underdogs, a League One side playing the best team in the country,” said Robinson, whose side sit 15th in the third tier. “But this is the FA Cup and we know that anything can happen.” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is expected to make a number of changes but the Gunners, who last won the FA Cup in 2020, are strong favourites to progress. They are unbeaten in their past 11 league games, winning nine of those to open up a five-point cushion on nearest challengers Manchester City. Oxford boss Robinson believes his players can make it a difficult evening for the Gunners at a sell-out Kassam Stadium.

“With respect to the millions of Arsenal fans, we won’t just have the support of Oxford United’s fanbase on Monday, we will have millions more people willing us on as underdogs,” he told the Oxford Mail. “All we can promise is total commitment and passion. We can’t wait.” Arsenal were eliminated at the first hurdle last season, losing to then-Championship club Nottingham Forest in the third round. Arteta, who apologised for his side’s display after that game, is keen to make up for that early exit this time. “It is a competition that brings back huge memories to our football club and the team, because not many years ago we won it,” he said. It is the first meeting between Oxford and Arsenal since the third round of the FA Cup in 2002-03, which Arsenal won 2-0 with Dennis Bergkamp scoring his 100th goal for the club in the game.

The Gunners, who could welcome back England forward Emile Smith Rowe from a groin injury, went on to win the FA Cup that year. It’ll be our first meeting with the U’s in 20 years, and our maiden trip to the Kassam Stadium as we take on the side currently 14th in League One, who beat Woking and Exeter City to make it this far. Having suffered a shock exit at this stage of the competition last term at the hands of Nottingham Forest, it’s been 27 years since we last experienced third-round eliminations in successive seasons, as we aim to set up a fourth-round meeting at Manchester City. Karl Robinson’s team come into this cup tie on the back of one win from their last six outings in League One, although that was a 3-1 home victory over Charlton Athletic in the final game of 2022. A slow start to the season saw the U’s flirting with the drop zone in October, before they embarked on an unbeaten eight-game run that quickly edged them into the top half. However defeats to Ipswich Town and Exeter City either side of New Year’s Eve has seen them become entrenched in mid-table.

The FA Cup has brought some joy though, with Woking dispatched 2-1 away from home, before an emphatic 4-1 success over Exeter where Welsh international Billy Bodin netted a brace to take his competition tally to three this term. Captain Elliot Moore is usually partnered in defence by one-time capped Scottish international Stuart Findlay, who arrived in the summer from Philadelphia Union. Left-back Ciaron Brown has two caps for Northern Ireland and Djanvan Anderson is a right-back previously on the books of Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Lazio.

Long-serving midfielders Cameron Brannagan and James Henry have both played over 200 times for the club, with the former leading the goalscoring charts this term with nine strikes. Winger Bodin is next up with seven, who appeared once for Wales back in 2019. Former Hale End graduate Marcus McGuane features in midfield, who played twice for us before moving to Barcelona in 2018. Wide midfielder Josh Murphy is the twin brother of Newcastle United’s Jacob, and Lewis Bate has impressed on loan from Leeds United.

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