·12 January 2023
·12 January 2023
The Gunners ran out 3-0 winners at the Kassam Stadium thanks to goals from Mohamed Elneny and an Eddie Nketiah brace.
The win set up a mouth-watering fourth round clash against Manchester City.
But the routine win against League One Oxford has made headlines.
The FA have released a statement that reads: “Arsenal FC has been charged with breaching FA Rule E20.1 during its tie against Oxford United FC in The FA Cup on Monday 9 January 2023.
“It’s alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 34th minute, and the club has until Monday 16 January 2023 to respond.”
What happened in the 34th minute?
Well, a number of Arsenal players surrounded referee David Coote after Albert Sambi Lokonga’s shot struck the arm of an Oxford defender.
The Arsenal players demanded a penalty but Coote only pointed to the corner flag. With no VAR to review the decision, Coote’s call was final.
Arsenal stars were fuming.
But is that really enough to warrant a charge from the FA? It’s something we see almost every match and Arsenal fans were pretty baffled by the FA’s decision.
It’s the second time in the space of a week that Arsenal have been charged by the FA.
They were penalised in very similar circumstances during their 0-0 draw against Newcastle on Monday as they protested a penalty decision.
The Gunners felt they were denied two penalties – including one for handball deep in injury time. Once again, they surrounded referee, Andy Madley.
The FA released a similar statement that read: “It’s alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 95th minute, and the club has until Tuesday 10 January 2023 to respond.”
If Mikel Arteta’s side are denied a penalty in Sunday’s north London derby, they’re going to have to be very careful with how they react. Because a third consecutive charge from the FA certainly won’t be a good look.
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