Arsenal welcome Sheffield United to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday within the Premier League, with the Gunners looking to form up ground on their rivals before them.
The Blades are currently four points beyond Mikel Arteta’s side within the table and beat the North London club 1-0 within the reverse fixture at Bramall Lane in October.
Arsenal’s woeful performance when these teams last met, during a 1-0 home win for Sheffield United on 21 October,
was one among the showings that set Unai Emery’s demise in train.
They have perked up since Mikel Arteta’s arrival but, so as to exact revenge on Chris Wilder’s side,
will need to find a way of achieving something they need found exceptionally difficult over the past two years: winning a game without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The captain is suspended and Arsenal’s other striker, Alexandre Lacazette, is suffering on a barren run.
United’s David McGoldrick knows that feeling but Arsenal’s defence should offer chances to finally find the goal his performances so richly deserve.
The Gunners have won two of their five matches under Mikel Arteta and remain 11 points behind fourth place Chelsea.
They will be trying to find revenge against Chris Wilder’s side after the Blades sealed victory at Bramall Lane back in October.
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Arsenal vs Sheffield United Team News
Arsenal are without Aubameyang thanks to his suspension, but even have Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin facing late fitness tests.
Kolasinac and Torreira both picked up knocks at Selhurst Park,
while Bellerin remains coming back from a relapse in his recovery from an ACL injury he picked up in early 2019.
Elsewhere, Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney are both out with long-term issues.
The Blades, on the opposite hand, haven’t any fresh doubts before the match at the Emirates.
Simon Moore and Michael Verrips are both closing in on a return but probably won’t feature on Saturday.
The Gabon striker begins a three-match ban following his sending off at Crystal Palace last week,
with the likes of Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Martinelli pushing to exchange Arsenal’s top goalscorer.
Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta are going to be stretched defensively with Calum Chambers (knee),
Kieran Tierney (shoulder) and Sead Kolasinac (thigh) all out and Hector Bellerin facing a late assessment on a hamstring injury.
Lys Mousset scored the winner against the Gunners at Bramall Lane
but Oli McBurnie will hope to stay his place up front after netting the decisive goal against West Ham.
Mo Besic has impressed in recent cameos and will feature if Wilder decides to form a rare midfield change.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Line Up
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Saka; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli; Lacazette
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, McBurnie
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Head to Head
Sheffield United came out on top when the 2 sides last faced off,
with a Mousset goal giving the Blades victory at Bramall Lane.
This was the primary time these clubs have faced one another since 2008,
when Arsenal beat United 6-0 at the Emirates within the EFL Cup.
In their most up-to-date Premier League meeting at the Emirates, Arsenal won 3-0,
although Neil Warnock’s side did win the reverse fixture 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
How to watch Arsenal vs Sheffield United
The match will not be broadcast live in the UK.
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