Arsenal take on newly-promoted Sheffield United in what promises to be a tough match for the Gunners. Unai Emery’s men sit fifth on the Premier League table, and a win will take them third, one point behind defending champions Manchester City, but face a strong opponent in Chris Wilder’s stubborn side.
The Blades are back in the Premier League after going down on the final day of the 2006-2007 season, and they’ve already given Liverpool, Chelsea, and Everton a tough fight. Here are three things to look forward to as Sheffield take on Arsenal on Monday night.
3. Sheffield United Will Not Be Walkovers
Chris Wilder's side will be looking to make it back-to-back Premier League wins over Arsenal when the pair lock horns on Monday night. The last meeting between the two teams in the top flight occurred back in December 2006, and Christian Nade scored the only goal of the match in a 1-0 Blades success.
Two wins, three draws, and three defeats - that is how Chris Wilder's side have performed in the early stages of the 2019-20 Premier League season.
2. Arsenal Need to be on Constant Alert
Monday night will be a strong test of Arsenal’s defensive abilities, something that has way too many downs this season. Sheffield are known to retort on the counter, and Arsenal cannot afford to push too many men forward in search of a goal.
Liverpool dominated possession against Sheffield but ended the game with only three shots on target. Arsenal need to make the most of the chances they are offered and be clinical with their finishing.
1. Forwards Are the Key for The Gunners
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 games for Arsenal, and a goal on Monday night would see him become the sixth-fastest player to reach the 50-goal milestone for the club. Pepe needs to find his scoring boots, and with Bakayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette breathing down his neck, he needs to live up to what is expected of him.
Lacazette should be back for the first time since the start of September but Emery would be willing to keep him on the bench to keep him fresh for Arsenal’s midweek Europa League tie against Vitoria Guimaraes.