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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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. 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

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

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

          1. @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.

      1. 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)

  5. 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    1. 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

    1. 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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

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

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

  24. 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™‚

  25. 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. 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.

    2. 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.

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

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