Better call Eddie! Winners, losers & ratings as Nketiah brace sees Arsenal past stubborn Oxford United

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Three second-half goals saw an under-par Arsenal past Oxford United to set up a mouth-watering FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester City at the end of the month.

Mikel Arteta made seven changes for the clash against the League One side at the Kassam Stadium and the Premier League leaders struggled as a result, failing to muster a single shot on target in the first half.

But they improved massively after the interval, with Fabio Vieira producing two excellent assists to break the resistance of the hosts. The first was a fine free-kick, which was headed home by Mohamed Elneny and the second was a delightful through ball for Eddie Nketiah, who rounded Oxford keeper Ed McGinty to make it 2-0.

There was still time for Nketiah to add his second of the game, dinking a fine finish over the onrushing McGinty following Gabriel Martinelli's ball through.

In the end it was a convincing win for Arsenal, albeit after a very poor first-half display. But an injury sustained by Bukayo Saka, who seemed to pull up with 15 minutes remaining, will be a major concern ahead of Sunday's crucial north London derby at Tottenham.