Review – Arsenal hit Sheffield United for five with Eddie Nketiah on fire

Arsenal went to Sheffield with a much-changed team from the one that started against Sevilla, and despite Sheffield’s lowly position in the table they came out fighting and stopped the Gunners even getting one shot on their goal in the first half hour.

But then we found a way through with Declan Rice earning a great desist with a perfect pass to Nketiah in the centre, and he dealt with it brilliantly and it was smashed into the net. Come on you Gunners!

We seemed to calm ourselves as the goal settled our nerves, and we carried on peppering the Blades defence and managed another couple of shots before half-time but went into the dressing room happily but only with a 1-0 lead.

But we had found our scoring boots, or Eddia did, as he put us 2-0 up within 5 minutes of the restart as the keeper could hold in incoming corner, and luckily there was Eddie on the scenr first and made no mistake putting into the top of the net.

Well, everyone thought that Jesus getting injured would be a problem in our next few games, I even heard someone say the usual “You’ll never win the title with Nketiah as centre-forward”, but what a worthy substitute to have around!

His third was the best of the lot in my eyes as it was a screamer from outside the box, making a great hat-trick of the different scoring techniques. Well done Eddie, I hope he can do it again at Newcastle.

Arsenal have completely dominated the second half and not even letting the Blades get a look in on the ball. I wonder what the possession stats are?

Ten minutes before the end Fabio Vieira was fouled right on the edge of the penalty area. but the VAR check certainly took their time and it could have gone either wway with his foot halfway on the line, but they finally decided to give us a penalty, which they gave to Vieira as he had earned it… And HE SCORES! 4-0 to the Gunners and our Goal Difference suddenly got better!

But there was still time for Tomiyasu to make it 5-0 in the 96th minute.

A commanding performance by our rotated side. We may have all expected an easy game, but you still have to play the 11 men in front of you, and this Arsenal proved their superiority and we carry on our unbeaten record with an easy win.

Onwards and upwards!

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    1. Arsenal playing little too good in this match, which we can’t expect in each and every match. But this should be standard for us. The most important part of this match was Arsenal kept lot of possession near opposition box unlike other games where we used to keep possession in opposition half, mostly in the middle third. Playing near the opposition box gives us attacking intent and dynamism. But, with this possession game it is more important not to concede in counter attack. Moreover other aspect of the game was also flawless like penetrating runs, high balls, long shot, purposeful crossings, through ball. Our movement was as good and urgency to regain possession was excellent. So even if we may not be as dominant in other games, this dynamism and all round display should be the standard we should set ourselves in each match.

    2. More and more Nketiah reminds me of Kanu. It seemed that he could do 95% of everything a forward should do brilliantly but often failed in the last 5%. But then who can forget Kanu’s hat trick?

  1. Arsenal is competing with Man city for the English Premier League.

    Man united is Competing with Chelsea for the league of extra ordinary gentlemen

  2. Delighted to have won convincingly with a much demanded squad rotation on display

    Can’t comment on the game as listening to it on Arsenal audio/radio is never quite the same as watching live. However, Nigel Winterburn as the pundit was very pleased that the goals went in during the second half and that as a former defender himself, the lads kept a clean sheet

    I guess starting Raya was better than Ramsdale getting a chance as getting a start against SheffU is worse in my view. Hope he does find a way back.

    It seems that the rotation worked really well, although NW and the commentator felt that more forward movement was required- as rather static at times. That did improve though.

    MOTD beckons later

    1. Yes we must commend the gaffer for rotating, we crucify him when he don’t.

      Raya distribution was dead accurate today , maybe elements of his game coming back.

      Oh how much I would have love to see the big German getting on the score sheet with his toe punch

      1. The tall man from Germany has a name . It is HAVERTZ. Why do you never use his name but only his height and country of origin!?

  3. Nketiah was great. But one good game against the worst defense in the league does not make him good enough. Against better defense, he is usually nullified. We need another top striker.

    1. I agree, but also disagree. I have the same reservations, but I think he needs service to his strengths and then he will score goals against any team.

  4. What goal scoring crisis?
    Arsenal have scored the most goals in the league thus far?
    No great need for Ivan Toney, another powerful midfielder or Nico Williams has to be the priority to get us over the line.

    1. No. Newcastle have scored most goals (26) as at now while Arsenal and Aston Villa (with a game at hand have scored next (23).

  5. A notable victory, despite the challenge of playing with only 10 players, I say that as the scarecrow seems to obstruct more than contribute. Nketiah appears to have acquired a fresh pair of boots; let’s hope he maintains their performance in the upcoming match. Raya’s distribution was a lot better today, even though I would have liked Ramsdale to start.

  6. We played a very very poor team, who didn’t even have a shot on target. I’m really happy that ESR got valuable minutes alongside kilwor. Negatives is Harvetz he didn’t contribute anything at all In the match. I know shiffield is a poor team but I didn’t know they are this poor.

  7. We’ve actually now got a superior GD to City & Spurs. Lets keep it there, I think this is going to be a very close season.

    1. We have , it should be noted, played 6 home and only 4 away, but the two clubs you list have played 5 and 5. It makes a difference.

      1. Indeed. As does which teams we have played. There is a long, long way to go, let’s try and enjoy the ride.

  8. Plenty of patience needed to begin with, but the gulf in class eventually showed through.
    Hats off to Nketiah, I have underestimated him, credit where credit is due. A brilliant hat trick!

  9. Unfortunately I did not see the game. I had to listen to it on the radio. It sounded like a very one-sided affair.

    Just to verify what I listened to, I read the BBC website’s write-up of the game, and I looked at their Arsenal player ratings.

    What surprised me was that the two lowest ratings were given to Havertz and Raya. In fact Raya’s rating was well below the rest of the team.

    I cannot watch the game until tomorrow, but does anybody else agree with those BBC website ratings?

    1. Raya didn’t have much to do, but his distribution was 7 for me. Havertz didn’t do much to deserve praise, but he didn’t do anything to deserve ridicule either IMO. Both are under scrutiny before a ball is kicked, so they both start with -1 for many critics. All in all, I think it was a very professional performance against a team we are expected to roll over.

    2. I noted your post and looked at Sky’s player ratings. Nobody got below 7 and EN was the only one to get 9. So all very even

  10. An easy win at home to a shambolic and happens Sheffield. Good work for the boys and finally Mr Nelson and our bench to bench midfielder 😂😂 Mr.Mo. got some much needed minutes. Next is away to Newcastle who aren’t pushovers. We need Either Jesus other Party to be available otherwise we get punished by a much fit physical team. Good luck to the boys.

  11. Didn’t see the game either. Anything less than three points against this Sheffield team would have been considered a crises. Good on Arteta for trusting his second string and congrats to Nketian for coming good. To beat Newcastle though we’ll need the usual strong games from Saliba and Rice plus Odegard, Saka and Martinelli to lift theirs.

  12. Hopefully Eddie Nketiah’s first Arsenal hat trick will inspire him to unlock his goal scoring potential. Particularly pleasing was Nketiah’s third goal, a strike from outside the box. Now we want to see this confidence more often against stronger teams than Sheffield United.
    Strikes on goal from outside the box are aspects of Arsenal’s attack, which are too often lacking. Nketiah and other Arsenal players need to shoot on goal more often to at least force a save or benefit from a rebound.

  13. They are probably not allowed to shoot from distance as in most cases it would mean losing the ball. I guess it becomes a matter of confidence as to risk the gaffer’s wrath and simply go for it when you get that gut feeling. You’re either a hero but in most cases a zero.

  14. Thank god we won. Cause the road to hell is nearing. We got West Ham away, Newcastle away, Seville home and Burnley home. All in bloody 10 days. Who scheduled these?

  15. Some thoughts:

    —Cheers, Eddie! I think we all have our justified reservations about him, but well done, sir. And what a strike.
    —Saka was sojourning into the middle a lot more than normal. Interesting, and I like it.
    —Kiwior did well. I like his recovery speed to give Saliba a little more license to probe. Also interesting.
    —Raya showed his passing ability today. My heart is w Ramsdale, but I have to say, that’s an effective long-ball weapon on the counter-attack.
    —Tomiyasu, you gem! Terrible season last year mired in mistakes but mostly injury. Proud of you!

    Well done, boys. Moving on…

  16. We played against bottom team. Which suit to boost some of our players confidence.. arteta did good job by giving chance to those players… 5-0 Nil against bottom team is standard score, so we can win 1 goal difference with big teams.. COYG

  17. Even though he’s definitely not match fit it was great to see how the game flows with ESR on the pitch.

    You have to ask, with the Blades putting up almost zero fight, how on earth could Havertz still be so anonymous?? It’s actually difficult!

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