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Arsenal FA Cup: Arsenal to Build on Near-Perfect Form against Oxford

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Arsenal will travel to Oxford on Sunday to take on third division side, Oxford United at the Kassam stadium for the first encounter between both sides since 2003 as they look to continue their strong form into the second half of the 2022-23 season.

Needless to say, Arsenal have been fantastic this season, they’ve been a well-rounded team, performing excellently across all competitions in England and in the UEFA Europa League, all thanks to players like Martinelli, Saka, Jesus, Odegaard who have been on fire for the Londoners.

That 4-3-3 mastermind formation has played a huge role in the revamping of Arsenal’s squad and in the restructuring of the team even as they rise from the ruins of many years past.

Which London club will finish highest in the table?

Arsenal

Arsenal

Chelsea

Chelsea

Tottenham

Tottenham

And can Arsenal build on their excellent form against Oxford United on Monday evening?

Nketiah filling in well for Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus picked up a nasty knee injury during Brazil’s final group game of the World Cup and has not played ever since. His situation came as bad news to the Gunners but Arsenal have been able to effectively handle the situation throughout his absence.

While Gabriel Jesus is arguably one of the most important players for the Arsenal squad this season; Eddie Nketiah seems not to be doing a bad job for the Gunners in acting as a temporary replacement for the injured star. The 23-year old found the back of the net in both wins against Brighton and Westham post Qatar 2022.

Before Gabriel’s injury, Nketiah often played a substitute role for the London side and thus had limited impact in Arsenal’s game.

But perhaps the youngster now has a point to prove to Arteta and all of Arsenal?

Jesus has found the back of the net five times in 20 appearances this season for Arsenal with all goals coming in the Premier League and it looks as though Nketiah can hit five really soon despite having played comparatively fewer minutes. And it’s only a matter of time, despite being off his crutches, if the Brazilian’s rehabilitation takes longer, then he may see Nketiah surpass him on goals scored this season.

“Great, I think his contribution again today, the way he worked and the way he understood what he had to do and the way he brought the team together especially when they were pressing really, really high, he was really good and I’m really pleased with his goal”

Mikel Arteta after the 4-2 win over Brighton game.

“Eddie is always ready, he knows that obviously it opens up a big opportunity for him right now. He needs to grab it, but the way he trains everyday and the mentality that he has, he gives us no reason to think that he’s not going to be super ready to perform”

Mikel Arteta on Eddie Nketiah

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Form:

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four games, their last defeat, the third of the season, came against Brighton on November 9.

In 24 games this season in all competitions they’ve been victorious 19 times, they’ve drawn twice and lost twice. Yellows on the other hand have won just one out of the last five in all competitions. Overall, in 28 games this season, Oxford have won nine, drawn nine and lost ten.

Arsenal(from last five to last): LWWWD
Oxford(from last five to last ): DDLWD

Head-to-Head and facts:

The Londoners and the U’s have squared off nine times in the past, of which two meetings have been in the FA Cup. Arsenal have recorded four wins(5-1, 2-1 and 2-0 twice) over the third tier English team while Oxford have beaten the EPL leaders twice (3-2 and 3-0). Both sides have shared three draws between each other.
The last time these two teams clashed was also in the FA Cup third round in January 2003 with Arsenal winning 2-0. The Gunners then went on to win the trophy, beating Southampton 1-0 in the final.

Venue and Time:

Venue: Kassam Stadium, Oxford

Time: 20:00 GMT

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