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Arsenal lost at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United and missed the opportunity to regain their place inside the top four.
The Blades proved too good for their visitors, moving the ball well and rarely suffering threat to their own goal.
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Prediction – Sheffield United 1-1 ArsenalArsenal’s last two Premier League away games have ended in score draws, and a similar fate could be in store for Unai Emery’s men in Sheffield.While they have managed to fathom victory out of nowhere at the Emirates, Emery’s side have looked uninspiring for the majority of their games away from north London, except a brilliant first half not far from home at Watford.Hope remains that Arsenal’s play will improve at both ends of the field once Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding return, but regardless of the 11 players to take the field Sheffield United will fancy their chances against a side won just once on the road in four attempts this season.The Blades came agonisingly close to claiming a point against Liverpool, and having also held Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this season, they could increase their points tally on Monday night as well.
The early team news is that Sheffield United could be without John Fleck, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick as all three had to pull out of international duty because of injury.Worse for McBurnie is that he has been charged with drink driving on Friday morning.For Arsenal, striker Alexandre Lacazette faces a fitness test on the ankle problem that has ruled him out since the start of September.Reiss Nelson, who has a knee ligament injury, will not return to training until November.
This could be an interesting match. Sheffield United like to be positive, especially with their creative use of wingbacks so they’ll look to take the game to Arsenal.That tactic has worked better for them on the road this year as they’ve picked up six points away from home compared to just the three when hosting.If Arsenal have developed at the back the open nature of the game should suit their powerful front line but if not there could be weaknesses in defence.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder explains what his team has to do to come away with a result against Arsenal: “Arsenal are a historic, iconic club and it is another brilliant fixture for us.”I thought we played well against Liverpool but we need to pick up something from the game this time and we believe we can do that. We went after Liverpool when we could and picked our times, and we will do that against Arsenal.”We are competitive and we fancy our chances and we are bullish. At the same time, however, understanding the threat and pace and power that Arsenal have in the top end of the pitch – we must respect that.”
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has had his say on the mentality of his side: “We have challenges every day, we have challenges when we are playing matches and we have them collectively.”This is our mentality and really we can be frustrated with some moments in our past. We ar
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