Arsenal’s fourth game on the road in as many matches post-lockdown and after bit of a hiccup, they will hope to make it two straight wins when they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this afternoon in a FA Cup last-eight tie.
Good day one and all.
Following back-to-back defeats at Man City and Brighton since the restart, Mikel Arteta was a relieved man as his side record victory at Southampton midweek. However, this season is still far from salvaged as attention now turns to the FA Cup which could potentially represents our best route into 2020/21’s European club competition.
The Gunners reached the quarter-finals with victories over Leeds United, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. And for all our defensive issues have conceded just one goal, away at the Cherries.
Sheffield United were hardly a side we got excited about when drawn against for this cup clash. We faced them twice already in the Premier League this season; first they beat us 1-0 win at Bramall Lane before a 1-1 draw at the Emirates. So if anything… this is a chance to start righting some wrongs.
The Blades haven’t exactly resumed their campaign in better fashion compared to ours. For all their promise before the covid-19 induced hiatus, Chris Wilder’s side are still goalless and winless since in their three games since the restart (D1, L2); shipping six goals in their last two outings.
Their lack of recent goal scoring ability is certainly something that Mikel will hope to take advantage of.
With a hectic fixture schedule to contend with in the coming weeks the Gunners is expected to rotate. But we are still without several players as David Luiz is the only one coming back the side after his suspension.
With both sides eyeing a top-six league finish, it could likely play a significant part when in terms of team selection. However, the Gunners are still working to overturn recent poor performances and will be eager to build on their win at St Mary’s and reach the semi-finals in a competition that has always been close to their heart. COYG!