Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Sheffield United tonight

The teams are out for tonightโ€™s clash at Bramall Lane between Arsenal and Sheffield United.

The Gunners will be hoping to regain ninth place in the division when they take on the bottom of the table side.

Having picked up points in only 20% of their league matches this term, you could be excused for thinking this could be a walk in the park, but unfortunately that would be the ideal tripping-up point.

Arsenal have unfortunately struggled to win a number of these so-called easier fixtures, but there will be no excuse for failing to win tonight.

They arrive without a win in four, and with one eye on their Europa League quarter-final clash with Slavia Prague coming up on Thursday, and the three points today could well boost our morale ahead of that fixture.

We are without David Luiz and Kieran Tierney, while Arsenal.com also named Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe as doubts for tonight, which led us to name the below as our predicted line-up for this evening.

Predicted Arsenal XI as stated in our Team News earlier on:

Leno
Chambers Holding Mari Cedric
Partey Xhaka
Saka Lacazette Willian
Aubameyang

There were reports on Twitter of Aubameyang possibly missing out with the flu this evening, but as nothing was later stated on Arsenalโ€™s official website, we decided to include him regardless.

Below you can see the official starting eleven however.

Is there any doubt that this Arsenal team will claim all three points this evening?

Patrick

Tags Sheffield United

140 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    I think Arteta is trying to improve his players’ confidence before going to Prague, hence the very strong line-up. I’m glad Ceballos returns to the CAM position and I predict he’ll make at least two crucial through balls from there

    1. Logic says:

      Like he has so many in past right??..he us utter rubbish and should be send back to Madrid asap. I hope we don’t start slotting Saka back at LB, he is too talented and a creator, why waste him playing as LB. Why not keep playing Cedric there.

      1. gotanidea says:

        This is Ceballos’ second start as a no 10 under Arteta. He made two great through balls when starting as a CAM in 2021 and he’s definitely more visionary than Smith-Rowe/ Odegaard

        About Soares, I think he’s unfit or tired after facing Slavia Prague

  2. Kedar says:

    Saka could be playing as LB today and Ceballos as Number 10 CAM
    Martinelli on left and Pepe on Right
    It will be really interesting and exciting to see Saka and Martinelli both on left side..
    Both can run riot there..

    1. Vinod says:

      It could also be a back 3 with Saka and Ceballos as wing backs.

      1. CorporateMan says:

        Ceballos as wing back!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฉ

      2. gotanidea says:

        Highly improbable, because Ceballos is very slow

        1. Vinod says:

          I know. . .

          1. Vinod says:

            I thought I was the crazy one, they are showing 3 – 5 – 2 as formation ! ! !

            So I will go with yet another crazy one
            3 – 3 – 1 – 3
            Martinelli – Laca – Pepe
            Saka
            Xhaka – Partey – Ceballos
            Mari – Holding – Chambers
            Leno

  3. Vinod says:

    Good line up, lot of attacking threat.

  4. Sue says:

    Bloody hell – Martinelli ๐Ÿ˜… COYG

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Took a bunch of injuries and sickness but he’s getting a start ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      1. Sue says:

        He’s been eased in ๐Ÿ˜†

        ION… Cavani!!!!

        1. Dan kit says:

          At last sue ๐Ÿ˜‚
          He will probably have a stinker now
          COYG

          1. Sue says:

            Woohoo!!
            The scores are going well for you this weekend, Dan ๐Ÿ‘

        2. Vinod says:

          “Eased In” – According to Arsenal dictionary means:
          1. Willian is quarantined.
          2. Auba has recieved red card.
          3. Auba is having a flu.

          1. Sue says:

            ๐Ÿคฃ Very good, Vinod!!

          2. Dan kit says:

            I just saw sue last minute goal lol
            I see your looking at everybody elseโ€™s prediction ,Iโ€™ve been doing the same ๐Ÿ˜‚

          3. Sue says:

            Too many breathing down my neck, Dan, I have to ๐Ÿ˜„

  5. Ayan says:

    Wow! Martinelli starts!

  6. Sammygunner says:

    Arteta should go he is confused my heart is broken with my dear club

    1. Vinod says:

      I think Arteta is going to experiment for the remaining league games to assess his youngsters. That should be a welcome move. I think we must now consider the next 8 games as part of preseason preparation.

  7. Innit says:

    Different from what I thought but hopefully we’ll get 3 points
    COYG

    1. Wyoming says:

      This team could have been played 6 months ago but is only now being played because Bellerin Gabriel Cedric Odegaard ESR Auba are being saved for Prague.
      Having said that Sheffield Utd are down so we should win comfortably.

      1. Davi says:

        I wouldn’t expect it to be an easy game.

  8. Vinod says:

    Good to see Azeez, is ESR also injured?

    1. Sue says:

      Yes – ankle

      1. Vinod says:

        Finally we were enjoying an injury free season, what a turnaround!

  9. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Glad Martinelli is getting a start. Just hope if he has a poor game people take into account he’s about as match fit as my grandmother ๐Ÿ˜… sure he’ll look great though!

    1. Sue says:

      You need to change your name ๐Ÿ˜œ

  10. Adega Olatunji says:

    Well, finally our noises have worked on martinelli

  11. SueP says:

    I never expected that

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Martinelli should have played more games at crucial times. Playing him at this time when the season is almost over makes no sense. The truth is, if we dont win the europa league and dont make top4 at the end of the season, then Arteta must go

  12. Davi says:

    Bench looks a bit light. We can always move Saka forward if we need a goal but it would be better to have a more proven attacker to bring on fresh

    1. Davi says:

      Oh, I guess that’s Willian. Hopefully won’t be needed and Nelson and azeez can get some game time.

      1. Vinod says:

        @Davi highly doubt Azeez or Nelson will get game time. My guess is
        Willian for Martinelli
        Cedric for Pepe
        Elneny for Partey

        1. Davi says:

          Agree, but I can still hope. Would really like to see how azeez does at this level

          1. Vinod says:

            @Davi Me too. I really would like Arteta to consider the rest of the games as preseason.

          2. SueP says:

            Do either of you think that Arteta really thinks a top 6 finish is a possibility?

          3. Vinod says:

            @SueP If I don’t think Arteta is now looking at the table, just trying to assess his youngsters for the remaining games. Top 6 – 8 will just be considered as a byproduct.

    2. Declan says:

      Bench looks good to me.

      1. Davi says:

        Maybe you’re right but I’d rather see Balogun instead of Nketiah if we need a goal (not that he’s proven at this level of course)

        1. Declan says:

          Totally agree with you Davi.

  13. Declan says:

    Ceballos nooooooo, Martinelli yessssssssss.
    And spurs just lost.

    1. Kedar says:

      That is sweet result…
      Greenwood took his goal expertly

  14. Trudeau says:

    If Martinelli plays a blinder and wins us the game single-handedly does that mean a) Arteta is a genius for bringing him along slowly or b) Arteta is clueless for not starting him from day one?

    Asking for a friend.

    1. Vinod says:

      Option C. Arteta is (hopefully is becomes a was) afraid because of his inexperience.

    2. SueP says:

      Sitting on the fence with that one Trudeau??

      1. Trudeau says:

        More just pointing out Arteta is in an impossible situation on this one.

        If I had to get off the fence, I’d be on the side of bringing him along slowly. Fingers crossed the time is right, could make a huge difference to building up for next year.

  15. Logic says:

    Arteta just can not choose the right line up, if he fixes one place he messes up another. Why oh why would you play Saka as LB, the dude is our best creative player and he is struggling from fatigue because of too much football. What does Arteta do?, Plays him as LB just when he came back from injury not even upfront and rests Cedric who has played way less football then Saka. Completely clueless manager. Can’t wait to see back of him.

  16. Chapo says:

    Finally finally, am a big critic of Arteta but I give this one to him. Great line up, I’ve always been saying it, use Saka as cover for Tierney not Cedric. We are winning this 1-4. COYG.

  17. PJ-SA says:

    Hoping Azeez gets some minutes, my favourite youngster at Arsenal.

  18. Grandad says:

    I like the balance of the team and the fact that Ceballos will be played in the number ten role which I think is his best position.Let’s hope Martinelli’s season finally takes off tonight.

  19. Phenom says:

    Let’s not raise our expectations on Martinelli. He’s no ronaldo or Messi. Let’s pray he gets a good game.

  20. Samson Afolayan says:

    10pts already from this weekend prediction arsenal please make this a correct score for me

  21. SueP says:

    the sound on BT sport on my tv sounds like a dalek

  22. Devine says:

    I totally agree with Logic. Have you guys not seen that Arteta cannot take us anywhere? We have top players but wrong manager!!!

  23. Ackshay says:

    Xhaka at Lb

    1. Kedar says:

      Look like
      Even Ceballos also playing wide on left

  24. Declan says:

    Saka is very central and forward for a left back….. ha ha

  25. Kedar says:

    On what position Ceballos is playing??

    1. Ackshay says:

      Xhaka ceballos sharing the left back position. Takes 2 to replace tierney

  26. PJ-SA says:

    Our press is looking poor, almost non existent. Very slow build up,hope we pick it up

    1. Kedar says:

      Clearly players are focusing on Europa now

  27. Wyoming says:

    It is all about Thursday though.
    Protect Partey Xhaka Saka Pepe Lacazette…

  28. Kedar says:

    Pรฉpรฉโ€™s is very frustrating…
    Always looses possession easily

  29. Vinod says:

    Pepe should do better. Losing ball and heavy first touch.

  30. Sue says:

    Boom!!!!

  31. SueP says:

    I know itโ€™s lowly SheffU ๐Ÿ™„ but that was a cracking goal

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Well done Cellabos

    2. Vinod says:

      One you can call an Arsenal Goal

  32. Vinod says:

    What a goal!!

  33. Kedar says:

    Typical old Arsenal Goal

  34. Dan kit says:

    Brilliant from Ceballos ๐Ÿ‘

  35. FootballisTrivial says:

    Martinelli has contributed more in 30 mins than Aubameyang in the last many many games

    1. MartinelliTheBench says:

      Agreed, night and day.

    2. gotanidea says:

      He pressed harder

  36. Dendrite says:

    Gotanidea is spot on! Ceballos glorious flick led to Lacazette’s opener. I’m waiting for the second one from Ceballos :))

    1. SueP says:

      Heโ€™ll be brimming with that

    2. gotanidea says:

      He plays better as a CAM, but Arteta played him on the left side. Great assist though

    3. instrooments says:

      Me too ๐Ÿ˜Š….just need Pepe to get in the game… Not doing much… Maybe Reiss shud come on soon
      Or Azeez then Saka moves to Pepe position

  37. PJ-SA says:

    I like when Mari plays, we generally look a lot more solid.

  38. Sue says:

    Much better half ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Yes sue. And Martinelli must start the remaining games of the season. He is always a threat. Very strong and aggressive. The truth is, one of Aubameyang or Lacazette has to go in the summer. Good game so far

  39. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Our set pieces really need a ton of work….otherwise good half

    1. I says:

      We seem not to be interested in scoring from set piece. Quite poor.

  40. gotanidea says:

    Strange new 4-3-3 tactic:

    …………………………………. Leno
    Chambers . Holding . Mari . Xhaka
    …………………………………. Partey
    ……………………. Saka …………….. Ceballos
    Pepe ………………………………………………….. Martinelli
    …………………………….. Lacazette

    The players looked unfamiliar with it, hence we just produced one big chance. Hopefully this setup is for Prague game exercise

    1. Kedar says:

      But from just one game you canโ€™t risk such big game against Prague

      1. gotanidea says:

        We need to come up with a surprise in Prague, because Slavia Prague have seen our usual 4-2-3-1 formation at the Emirates

        1. Kedar says:

          Why not 4-3-1-2
          With Saka just behind Lacazzett and Aubameyang up top…
          Xhaka, Partey and Ceballos as 3 CM

          1. gotanidea says:

            Xhaka played as an LB and he took a throw-in

  41. Tas says:

    Iโ€™m overseas and in hospital with no WiFi just managed to get my iPad to hotspot but I cannot find free stream sight can anyone help

    1. gotanidea says:

      hesgoal com

      1. Tas says:

        Thanks ๐Ÿ‘

      2. Tas says:

        They are asking for payment I only need it for tonight

        1. Sue says:

          Hesgoal is free…

  42. Vinod says:

    I would like to see this formation against Chelsea, just to see how many flaws it has.

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      It was designed to beat sheffield and it worked.It doesnt have to beat anyone else to prove how good it is.

  43. Adega Olatunji says:

    Arteta should be sacked for him to have denied Martinelli playing time all this while.

    1. FootballisTrivial says:

      Martinelli’s hairstyle isn’t upto Aubameyang’s standards.

  44. Tas says:

    I have in the past said many times that watching Arsenal will kill me and it nearly did Thursday night with a mild heart attack rushed to hospital with ambulance, be carful what you say it might come true

    I hope I win the lottery ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Sue says:

      Take it easy, Tas. Should you really be tuning in tonight??

      1. Tas says:

        Sue I in hospital perfect place to watch Arsenal game

        1. Tas says:

          And I have already had stent put in so fingers ๐Ÿคž

          1. Sue says:

            ๐Ÿคž Hope you’re feeling better soon…. and come on Arsenal!!

    2. Vinod says:

      There are no website which streams Arsenal games and all broadcasters stopped broadcasting Arsenal games. We are discussing some old games here.

    3. Tas says:

      Thanks Sue

  45. Thebush says:

    What’s up with the Arsenal disfunction after scoring a goal….new habit???

  46. Ackshay says:

    Lacazette should really improve his curve. He ain’t no bend it like Beckham.

  47. Wyoming says:

    Thursday night’s decider overshadows everything so protect Partey Saka Lacazette

  48. Kedar says:

    Ohh Dear
    Saka

    1. Sue says:

      ๐Ÿ˜ญ

      1. Kedar says:

        It could be end of season for Saka and Arsenal too

  49. Dendrite says:

    The way Martinelli goes down after a challenge often scares me. I hope our notoriously impatient fanbase show some maturity and understanding when the manager gives him extended rest and fewer than 30 minutes. The young man wants to play but his body is still recovering.

  50. Adega Olatunji says:

    Each time I watch Pepe play I just smile, thank God the person that signed him has been sacked

  51. Sue says:

    MARTINELLI!!!!

  52. Adega Olatunji says:

    Is Arteta watching Martinelli?

  53. Vinod says:

    Finally Martinelli. But the second half was a bit boring so far.

  54. Hez says:

    And thats what a striker looks like!

  55. Wyoming says:

    Time to sub Partey and Laca before they get injured

  56. Ackshay says:

    One more goal damn it

  57. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Can we just cancel Willian’s contract now and cut our losses?

  58. Sue says:

    Laca ๐Ÿ”ฅ

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Partey ๐Ÿคฃ even turned the cz.eraman for a moment

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Cameraman

      2. Sue says:

        ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  59. Kedar says:

    What a ball by Partey

  60. SueP says:

    Hard to completely follow the second half when flicking back and forth to the golf occasionally but the result was never in doubt.
    SheffU are down but my goodness we have been known to faff about in these circumstances but the energy and willingness to keep at it from start to finish makes me a very happy bunny
    Great reaction

  61. Logic says:

    Excellent game and I take my words back. Arteta did use his brain and play Saka where he is most effective. Good tactical plan and we’ll executed. Now these sorts of games gives us fans confidence that we might be with a good chance of winning EL. Credit where it’s due well done Laca and really well done Arteta.

  62. Phenom says:

    Well dome to Arteta for masterminding such setup. I believe our 4231 is dead. Big ups to the boys especially Ceballos my MOTM. COYG.

  63. Declan says:

    I apologise for my pessimism before kickoff saying we would lose 2 nil and I am so happy to be proved wrong.

    1. Phenom says:

      You are a real fan Declan ๐Ÿ‘

  64. Mother leopard says:

    3 points, 3 goals, clean sheet and hopefully only a dead leg for Saka.

    Crying shame if anyone is still complaining. I for one am going to enjoy the win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Ceemahn says:

    Partey and pepe shit tonight,two of them are like the weakness we got in the team today!!
    Partey with too many misplaced passes in so many games now,really don’t know what’s wrong with him.
    Well pepe has always been pepe!!

    1. SueP says:

      I thought the ball to Laca was superb

    2. ACE says:

      3-0 comprehensive win and your slighting players?

      Take a deep breath, walk away from the ledge or
      head back to the SPUDS board with the ONE other
      member and tell Harry Kane he still sucks.

    3. Fisayomi says:

      What game did you watch, though Partey has often lost possession in matches but he’s the only one that is confident enough on the ball and I love the way he take risks. The body movement for the third goal can only be done by a handful of players.

  66. Sid says:

    Wow good performance and some great goals! Pity we did not have 200+ comments today๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. SueP says:

      Very true Sid. The moaners couldnโ€™t moan!!๐Ÿ˜‰

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