Arsenal have been charged by the FA for failing to ensure players “conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during the 34th minute of the 3-0 win over Oxford United in the FA Cup third round.
It is the second charge of this sort in the past week and our third of the season. The previous charges related to stoppage time incidents against Newcastle United at the Emirates and Leeds United at Elland Road.
Honestly, it took us a while to remember what happened in the 34th minute at Kassam Stadium; the game was so dull in the first half we were slipping in and out of consciousness.
After referring to the liveblog, we can confirm that it’s because we called on referee David Coote to award a penalty after Sambi Lokonga’s shot was blocked by the arm of an Oxford player. He dismissed our claims. As the game was being hosted by a League One ground, there was no VAR available to review the action.
From the pictures, it looks as though Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Mo Elneny and Sambi were the main offenders.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) January 12, 2023
Given the regularity with which
we’re racking up these offences being picked on, we can assume a big fine will be coming our way.
Various reports earlier in the week also claimed the FA will investigate allegations of suspicious betting patterns around the booking of Oxford’s full-back Ciaron Brown. He received a yellow card for a second half foul on Eddie Nketiah having earlier fouled Bukayo Saka twice and Takehiro Tomiyasu.