Bramall Lane, not a place where Arsenal have been overly successful over the years. In fact our record there has been pretty shabby.
1991? Well, it’s not like Sheffield Utd have been in the Premier League often is it? Last season was their first in the top English division for years and I think it’s fair to say, they punched well above what was expected of them. This season however has probably been a reality check for the club. I think newly promoted sides often have a good first season but seldom does a second one go as well.
Anyway, this season Sheffield United’s struggles leave them rooted to the foot of the table and earlier in the year, they sacked Chris Wilder. They are the league’s lowest scoring team with just 17 goals. But, in their last home fixture before the interval break, they defeated Aston Villa 1-0.
David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are out for a long time now, perhaps even for the remainder of the season. Calum Chambers is fit again so it’s a toss up between him and Bellerin at right back with Cedric on the left unless Arteta opts for Saka which I hope is not the case. Joel Lopez, who along with Miguel Azeez has been training with the first team this week, is also an option.
Odegaard is a doubt and ESR is reported to be injured so our creativity might be sparse. Even more so if Saka is pulled back into defence. I’d love to see Martinelli start today but then if it’s today or in Prague, then I’d prefer the latter but there’s always Nelson if Arteta wants to inject a bit of pace into the team. Just as Azeez is an option to replace ESR or Odegaard if the latter fails a late assessment.
Will Balogun come into the squad now Aubameyang has allegedly been ruled out through illness? Go on Mikel, you know you want to! After he’s scored the winning goal, tell us he’s staying.
What to expect from an Arsenal team today is anyone’s guess but I’d like to think we’ll see a reaction after recent shoddy performances against both Liverpool and Slavia Prague and others which have gone before. With a place in Europa still possible although not probable, surely these group of players want to at least try to make it happen?
Isn’t that what we Arsenal fans want to see? Effort, pride, passion and determination? Self respect too, as well as a convincing performance against a bottom of the League football club.
See you in the comments.