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PREVIEW Oxford United v Arsenal

A full guide to tonight's game at the Kassam Stadium

9 January 2023

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Oxford United take on Arsenal tonight in a sold out Emirates FA Cup third round tie at the Kassam Stadium (8pm)

“”It will be a fantastic occasion” Karl Robinson said. “I have so much respect for Arsenal as a club and it will be great for our fans and the players on Monday night. 95 times out of a hundred they win the game, it’s as simple as that. But that’s why the FA Cup is still such a great competition. We have had so much media attention, we will be on TV and people will be watching and hoping we can do something sensational.

“It’s been slightly odd for us. We aren’t used to playing on a Monday night so we had to change training around a little, but we were in all weekend and we have looked good. There was a bug going round, I think it’s been going round the whole country, but players who had it have shaken it off now so we don't have to worry about that.

“It’s exciting. I ran into someone the other day who was talking about the days when Oxford used to beat Arsenal under Jim Smith. That generation of fans will have those memories forever but we want to create new memories and have young kids around Oxford going into school on Monday excited because they have a ticket for the game that night. And then we want them to go back in the next day buzzing about the game of football they saw.

“Tactically we can’t be naive, we are playing against one of the best teams in the country, but we are a good team and we will give it a real go. The players give absolutely everything in every game and we won’t fear the opposition. We will be ready and we are really looking forward to it.”

The Opposition View
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta won the FA Cup in his first season with the Gunners but will be wary tonight after Arsenal crashed out of the competition to then Championship side Nottingham Forest last season.

"It is a competition that we are really looking forward to play in, and brings back huge memories to our football club and the team, because not many years ago we won it, but also last year how we went out of the competition” he said. “It’s a competition that we really want to play in and compete. The ambition is to win on Monday first, and then go slowly because it’s a long run."

“ It is obviously a competition that is attached to the successful history of this club, so on Monday we’ll have a good start and a good test." he said

"It’s always tricky, I’ve played there a few times and have experienced very difficult matches, so it will be difficult. We have to take the competition and the opponent very seriously and play well, to a high level to win the match.

"It will be difficult. From what we’ve seen Oxford’ve played in different ways, and result-wise as well they’ve had a bit of everything. It’ll be a very special night and everybody will raise their level and it will be tough."

The game kicks off at 8pm at the Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP. If the game ends level after 90 minutes there will be no extra time it will go straight to a replay at Arsenal.

Tickets are sold out in the home and away areas.

There are around 2,000 free parking spaces at the stadium but we ask everyone to arrive early and park legally.
Traffic is likely to be heavy on approaches to the Kassam Stadium and past experience shows us that the official car parks and road parking in the vicinity will be full by 6pm.

The club has organised a park and ride facility from Unipart, Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2PG to offer cheap and easy transport to the Kassam Stadium

There are a limited number of tickets to use this service which must be purchased before 4pm but can be collected at the Park and Ride on the night

They are priced at £5 (£3 for Under 16s) and are available online CLICK HERE and from the ticket office.

The first bus departs from Unipart at 6pm and then every 12 minutes until 7.48pm with buses returning from Knights Road after the final whistle until 11pm*

*This may be slightly later depending on the amount of added time.

For a full list of bus routes that get you to the game from across the city CLICK HERE

The Football Special bus services, including the Didcot/Abingdon service, offer easy and affordable transport to home games. Click HERE for timetables and details.

The gate behind the Planet IT North Stand will be in place so pedestrians cannot move from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand.
Due to the TV crews the catering van at the South East corner has moved to the North East corner for this game. The one in the West car park will be in the normal place.
Click here for a full away fan guide: away fan guide 2223.pdf
Please park in the West Car Park - the one closest to the cinema and bowling complex at the fence end of the ground.
You can download a full guide to bringing your family to the Kassam Stadium here: FamilyDayGuide for download.pdf
A Sensory Room is available should fans need to relax in a quiet calm space. Please ask a steward on the night if you would like to use it.

The Club Shop has a range of mugs, scarves, and t-shirts all showcasing the fixture details and iconic FA Cup trophy.

Click Here to browse

As well as the limited run of souvenirs supporters can also purchase our official match day programme ahead of kick-off. It’s packed full with amazing FA Cup content and the perfect memento if you’re watching from The Kassam or the comfort of your sofa. Click here to guarantee yours.

A reminder to supporters to avoid purchasing goods from unofficial touts likely to be operating around The Kassam Stadium on match day. The only place to buy official merchandise and guarantee your money goes to the club is to purchase directly from the OUFC shop. The shop will be open from 10am until kick-off and is available 24/7 online at  where there are huge savings on home, away and third kits in the January Sale

Our Polythene UK Fifty/50 tickets are available all around the ground and offer a great chance to win cash at half time.

The winners tonight will travel to Manchester City in the fourth round.

The game is live on ITV but due to the rights for the FA Cup will not be available in iFollow
You can  follow the whole game on Twitter through @OUFCOfficial or on our Instagram page and we will have a full match report and gallery right here on the final whistle.

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Match Reports

REPORT Oxford United 0 Arsenal 3

Brave U's go out of the FA Cup. Full time report

9 January 2023

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A devastating second half from the Premier League leaders saw Arsenal knock Oxford United out of the the FA Cup this evening with a 3-0 win at the Kassam Stadium.

The U's were deservedly level at the break but Arsenal turned on the style after the interval and a headed goal from Mohamed Elneny and two sublime finishes from Eddie Nketiah sent the visitors safely through.

It was a different story in the first 45 minutes. Arsenal paid United the honour of fielding a strong side and put the U’s under pressure in the first half without really looking too dangerous. Cameron Brannagan set the tone for those around him, charging into challenges and raising the tempo as well as having the first shot of the night, even if it was blocked at source, after 24 minutes, but his side were more than a match for their high-flying visitors and full value for parity after half an hour.

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When the Gunners did finally begin to create chances, United were superb in defence. First skipper Elliott Moore was on hand to block Albert Sambi Lokonga’s drive, Arsenal claiming handball with little success, and then when Gabriel Martinelli threatened to break away, Djavan Anderson chased him down and timed his tackle perfectly after a 60-yard foot-race.

United hadn't created too much, but then they were playing the team at the top of the Premier League and had worked heroically, with the midfield trio of McGuane, Brannagan and Bate outstanding. The latter made a good block when Bukayo Sako threatened soon after the break, McGinty doing well to scramble the following corner off the line under pressure, but gradually the Gunners' pressure began to look more and more ominous.

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Granit Xhaka came off bench to try and unlock the United back line and within two minutes the visitors were ahead. A top-flight side will always have excellent delivery from set pieces and that proved decisive when Fabio Vieira whipped in a superb free kick from the left and Elneny thumped his header past the exposed McGinty.


With 20 minutes to go, the Wembley dreams were put to bed when Arsenal doubled their lead with a superb second goal. Viera was again the creator, weighting a ball beyond the United back line for Nketiah to run clear, round the sprawling McGinty and roll casually home beneath the shining new scoreboard.


With 14 minutes left, Arsenal, undoubtedly the better side, booked their passage to the fourth round with their best goal of the night when Martinelli slipped Nketiah in again and he clipped the ball over McGinty to end the game as a contest.

No shame in defeat and for the U's to end the game with four of their Academy products - Long, Johnson, O'Donkor and Goodrham - playing in front of a sold-out crowd should not be underestimated.

A valiant effort and now Arsenal head for Manchester City in the next round, while United are the side heading for Highbury...

See you at Fleetwood on Saturday.

Att: 11,538

Away: 1,736

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Daniels. Steve Edmunds and Rex/Shutterstock


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