Hard as it may be to believe given how this season, both pre- and post-suspension of play, has gone, but Arsenal still have a shot at silverware. That’s right, the Gunners are still alive in the FA Cup and travel today to take on Sheffield United in a quarterfinal match.
Sheffield have struggled since Premier League play resumed, drawing Aston Villa and losing 3-0 to Newcaslte and Manchester United. The Blades have yet to score in Project Restart and aren’t playing anywhere near the level they were before the season was suspended. To be fair, they scored against Aston Villa but the goal-decision technology malfunctioned so egregiously that the company responsible for the system had to apologize for the breakdown.
Arsenal have no new additions to the injured list since the Southampton match, although the club did confirm that Gabriel Martinelli was out for the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair a cartilage injury in his knee. Sokratis and Granit Xhaka are good to go. Lucas Torreira and Cedric Soares are working towards full training with the latter hoping to be available for selection in the coming days. Bernd Leno is out four to six weeks. Pablo Mari is out for the remainder of the season. David Luiz has served his suspension and is available for selection.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson and defender John Egan are back available for selection for the Blades. Defender Jack O’Connell’s status is up in the air.
Arsenal did not fare well against Sheffield in the Premier League this season, losing the first match at Bramall Lane 1-0 and drawing 1-1 in the return match at the Emirates.
Arsenal - Martinez, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Kolasinac, Pepe, Lacazette, Saka
Five changes from Southampton— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 28, 2020
➡️ Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Willock, Kolasinac, Lacazette
⬅️ Bellerin, Holding, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Nketiah#EmiratesFACup
Sheffield - Henderson, Robinson, Egan, Basham, Steven, Norwood, Baldock, Fleck, Lundstram, McBurnie, McGoldrick
Chris Wilder has made three changes to his side for this afternoon’s FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) June 28, 2020
‘Keeper Dean Henderson returns in goal, while John Egan & Oli McBurnie also return to the side.#SUFC
WHAT: Arsenal at Sheffield United, FA Cup Quarterfinal
WHERE: Bramall Lane
WHEN: 5:00 AM PST | 8:00 AM ET | 1 PM BT
US TV: ESPN. Stream here.
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