|Arsenal will hope to help their goal difference on Saturday when Sheffield United visit the Emirates. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw at Chelsea, and they’d feel they missed a golden chance to win the game considering how they played late on.
Arsenal left it late but still managed a good finish to preserve their unbeaten run on the domestic front. They also went to Sevilla and returned with three big points in the Champions League. The Gunners are now in pole position in their group and would be expected to finish above the other three teams.
Sheffield United needs some respite; they’re on a crazy losing run, and it doesn’t look like they will earn anything at the Emirates. They can’t continue to see games as free hits; they’re mopping the Premier League table, and you don’t expect the Gunners to be kind to them.
The Blades have endured some heartbreaking moments, and they have to find ways to see out games when they find their noses in front. They led until the last minutes of the game against Spurs and eventually lost, they were level against United last weekend until late in the game and still lost.
Arsenal will be without Gabriel Jesus and Thomas Partey for the visit of Sheffield, but they have enough in their ranks to have a commanding game. Eddie Nketiah is expected to lead the line, but Mikel Arteta can decide to try Kai Havertz up top.
Jorginho is expected to return as the anchor, while Martin Odegaard will hope to use this game to return to form after falling off in recent games. The Arsenal captain hasn’t imposed himself in many games of late, and there’s no better game to find your spark.
Sheffield must defend deep and then go brave when they find themselves in promising positions. The Gunners will leave spaces behind; they will keep a high line, and the Blades must be ready to exploit it whenever they get a breather.
Arsenal is the clear favourite here, but football can be interestingly funny. No one would bat an eyelid if the Gunners win here, but it would be an upset of epic proportions if the Blades earn anything at all from the Emirates.
Sheffield will be wary of conceding loads of goals like they did at home against Newcastle; Arsenal has the capability to hurt them, and the home fans will hope to get as many goals as possible to celebrate. Let’s see how this plays out.