Oxford United v Arsenal Confirmed FA Cup Team News & Predicted Line-up

Arsenal will get their FA Cup campaign underway on Monday when they visit League One side Oxford United.

The Gunners are firmly expected to ring the changes from their usual starting line-up, which has seen them dominate the Premier League so far this term.

We are hoping to welcome Emile Smith Rowe back into the squad today, as confirmed by manager Mikel Arteta in his pre-match press conference, with the midfielder having been out of action since taking on Manchester United back in September.

We remain without Gabriel Jesus however, who does appear to be working hard on his recovery, while today’s clash also appears to have come too soon for Reiss Nelson, who pulled up in our friendly with Juventus last month.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Turner
Cedric Holding Tomiyasu Tierney
Lokonga Nwaneri Elneny
Marquinhos Smith Rowe Vieira

I feel like we are likely to see some young players coming into today’s team, and depending on ESR’s current fitness, we could well see a new name start in the CF role. It would be a huge shock if both Saka and Martinelli were to start, although I’m leaning towards minutes for the latter to possibly lead the line, if Emile isn’t fit for at least 45 minutes of action.

Should we make it through to the next round, we will be unlikely to make as many changes to the starting line-up given we will travel to face Manchester City away from home, which will not be taken lightly.

Patrick

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21 Comments

  1. Turner
    Tomi,Holding,Gabriel,Tierney,
    Lokonga,Elneny,Zinchenko
    Vieira,Nketiah,ESR.

    We are !likely to face an aerial threat tonight, hence the need for Gabriel.

  2. Turner
    Tomi,Holding,Gabriel,Tierney
    Lokonga,Elneny,Zinchenko
    Vieira,Nketiah,ESR.

    As we may well face an aerial bombardment tonight I consider the inclusion of Gabriel essential.

    1. That’s the level Grandad Too many fringe players without the senior players isn’t a great idea imo

  3. Great team to play Oxford with, seeing a good few youngsters starting, I always love to see marquinos name on the team sheet at anytime as I highly rate him, nothing against Eddie just now but I rate marquinos higher than him but that’s just my oppion, he has a fantastic left foot ,and when giving the chance he will play to his full potential,can finish nicely as well plus for a youngster he cost £ 7 million so if I was arteta I would be playing marquinos the now while Jesus comes back and even still he would be in the plans ,as he’s a great passer and assist player as well ,and any striker who chases the ball instead off waiting on it coming to him gets the 👍 up from me , and playing football myself yes ago and being a lefty myself ,well lefty as hard to come by especially great ones and arsenal are awesome enough to at least 5 I think natural left footys in the 1st team . But only 2 players I’d swap is Elneny and holding ,infarct they would sadly for them in my oppion that they would be transfer material this month or asap but that’s just my oppion, honestly hope arsenal get the big centre defender from the bundesliga Ndicka. 👍

    1. I’m with you mark ,really impressed what I saw of Marquinhos at the beginning of the season but he seems to have dropped down the pecking order which is a shame because he’s got the physicality and speed to be a demon on the wings ,hope he starts tonight.

      1. Lack of playing time for the Brazilian is his major undoing,perhaps a loan out will help him realize his full potential

      2. You’ve made a good point here.by the way Bale has announced his retirement from football (33 years old).

  4. Is it tonight that we’re wearing the all white outfit?for the knife crime campaign”no more red”.

  5. I would like to go with this team line up

    Turner
    Cedric Holding Tomiyasu Tierney
    Lokonga Vieira Elneny
    Cozier-Durberry Smith Rowe Marquinhos

      1. But is the fA Cup a priority,we have a amazing chance for the league ,personally I would give up all cups this season just to go for the league or atleast second to give us the springboard for next season in the CL and better players wanting to come here

  6. You’ve made a good point here.by the way Bale has announced his retirement from football (33 years old).

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