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Arsenal vs. Sheffield United preview: home cooking

The Gunners return to the Emirates to take on the slow-starting Blades.

Arsenal Training Session Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Sunday’s Arsenal - Sheffield United match at the Emirates is a prime example of one of my “themes” for a successful season: the Gunners need to rack up the points against the lesser teams. The Blades are in a poor run of form, stretching back into the restart last season. They’ve yet to score a Premier League goal this season. The beautiful carriage that was their start to the 2019-2020 league campaign, at least for now, resembles that pumpkin your neighbor left out on their front step for about three weeks too long.

That said, Sheffield have only conceded 4 goals this season and managed a 1-1-1 record against Arsenal in all competitions last year. They defend well, and the Gunners have difficulty breaking down sides that sit deep. This has the potential to be one of those “Arsenal dominate possession, don’t generate many chances, and lose on a late counterattack goal” matches that we know all too well.

It’s probably too soon after his transfer from Liverpool for new Sheffield signing Rhian Brewster to start against Arsenal, but the young striker could get a run out, especially if the Blades need some late offense. Brewster scored 10 goals in 20 appearances after a January loan to Swansea City in the Championship and could be the spark the Blades need to jump start their sagging attack.

As far as we know, there are no new injuries for Arsenal. Jack O’Connell (knee), Lys Mousset (ankle), and Simon Moore (finger) are all out for Chris Wilder’s side.

Make sure you check out Nathan’s Predicted XI.

WHAT: Arsenal vs. Sheffield United
WHERE: The Emirates
WHEN: Sunday, October 4th 6 AM PT | 9 AM ET | 2 PM BT
US TV: Peacock

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