Arsenal vs Sheffield United LIVE!
The Gunners know they must beat Sheffield United before beginning a horror run of fixtures.
Arsenal welcome the Blades before facing Manchester City, Leicester City and Manchester United after the international break – and having been beaten by Liverpool last time out, momentum is key for Mikel Arteta.
The visitors have endured a tough start to the season, though, with zero points and zero goals, but have just broken their club-transfer fee to sign Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster.
With kick-off at 2pm BST, follow the action LIVE from the Emirates!
Simon Collings at the Emirates
Xhaka started both games at Anfield so explains benching him, but still bold. Arsenal’s midfield has looked lost without him. Big test today.
Think, as now seems way, team is back three without ball four with it.
NConfirmed team news
Arsenal: Leno, Gabriel, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
Subs: Lacazette, Runarsson, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pepe, Willock, Xhaka.
Sheff Utd: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, Stevens, McGoldrick, Burke.
Subs: Fleck, McBurnie, Sharp, Lowe, Norwood, Foderingham, Ampadu.
Arsenal are defending an unbeaten home record stretching back to February when they were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos.
“We can create a fortress at the Emirates for us,” Arteta said of maintaining Arsenal’s home form. “It’s going to be crucial for the future results at the end of the season, not just for results but as well for the performance and what we can inspire, what we can transmit at home.
“We want to play with that confidence at home where we have to be really resilient and dominate games to impose ourselves in those games.
“I think the game on Sunday is a really difficult one. I watched Sheffield United’s games already and they deserved much more from those games. The way they played is tricky, so I’m expecting a really difficult game.”
Arteta has followed the Blades keenly
Mikel Arteta revealed yesterday he was analysing Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side even before they made it back to the Premier League.
The Blades have lost all three league games so far this season, in stark contrast to last year as they celebrated their return to the top flight with a ninth-placed finish.
Asked what he thought about the job Wilder did last season, Arteta replied: “Incredible. I started to analyse his team two years to understand some of the things he was doing and I think him and the coaching staff have done a really, really good job.
“Not just for the way they play because it is a very clear style, but for the culture they created around the club and this feeling that you can sense around the team and how they compete. I think it is remarkable what they have done. I was told by someone that we had to have a look at them.
“I always like to see different trends, different ways of playing, formations, structures, patterns and I was impressed with some of the things they were doing. It is always good to have this information
How will Arsenal line up today?
Mikel Arteta is expected to make changes from the team that beat Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night.
Bernd Leno will keep his place in goal, but ahead of him both David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are due to return to the back three in defence. The wing-backs are also due to be rotated too, with Hector Bellerin ready to come in on the right and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left.
In central midfield, Arteta has a decision to make over Granit Xhaka as he has already started twice this week. The Switzerland international has become a key part of the side, though, and will hope to start alongside Dani Ceballos.
In attack, wingers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian will come back in after being given nights off on Thursday. Striker Alexandre Lacazette, who came off the bench to score in the shoot-out against Liverpool, should also return to start.
Arsenal predicted XI (3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match coverage of Arsenal vs Sheffield United!
Kick-off time and venue
Arsenal vs Sheffield United is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off.
The match will be behind closed doors at Emirates Stadium with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: Arsenal vs Sheffield United will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Main Event, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.
Arsenal: Leno, Gabriel, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Subs: Lacazette, Runarsson, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pepe, Willock, Xhaka
Sheff Utd: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, Stevens, McGoldrick, Burke
Subs: Fleck, McBurnie, Sharp, Lowe, Norwood, Foderingham, Ampadu
Referee: Lee Mason
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Sheffield United
Arsenal are a far more impressive team since Mikel Arteta’s arrival, though remain a work in progress. Sheffield United, meanwhile, have really struggled since the start of the season.
Rhian Brewster is a good buy for Chris Wilder, but has still not played a single minute of Premier League football. The Gunners should have enough.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal failed to beat Sheffield United in last season’s two Premier League meetings, drawing at home and being beaten at Bramall Lane.
But victory on Sunday will be their 50th over the Blades in 117 games.