Arsenal v Sheffield United: match preview


One of Arsenal’s repeated failures last season was in neglecting to put away supposedly inferior opponents once their noses were in front. Sheffield United’s last visit to the Emirates, in January, was a case in point; John Fleck scored a just-about-deserved leveller and the hosts’ problems loomed large. They look better now but Mikel Arteta believes Sunday’s opponents have “deserved much more” than three straight defeats. With both squads in a state of suspended animation before the transfer deadline, it could be a cagey afternoon. Nick Ames

Sunday 2pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Emirates Stadium

Last season Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 1

Referee Lee Mason

This season G1 Y3 R0 3 cards/game

Odds H 1-2 A 6-1 D 3-1

ARSENAL

Subs from Rúnarsson, Macey, Saliba, Gabriel, Soares, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Torreira, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Nelson, Pépé, Maitland-Niles, Özil, Nketiah

Doubtful Papastathopoulos (calf)

Injured Mustafi (thigh, 17 Oct), Smith Rowe (shoulder, 17 Oct), Marí (ankle, 17 Oct), Martinelli (knee, Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y4 R0

Form WWL

Leading scorer Lacazette 3

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Subs from Foderingham, Fleck, Bogle, Burke, Jagielka, Rodwell, Sharp, Lowe, Robinson, Osborn

Doubtful None

Injured Moore (finger, unknown), Mousset (toe, unknown), O’Connell (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y5 R1

Form LLL

Leading scorer n/a



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