Premier League Picks: Arsenal vs. Sheffield United
Can the Sheff reach the top 5 of the table?
You might think that in the Premier League, everything is already said with Liverpool as the virtual champion. But the reality is that the fight for the Champions League positions is on fire, and the teams in the second half of the top 10 are giving everything to move up the table.
It is for this reason that the next match between Arsenal vs. Sheffield United is seen as one of the most attractive on matchday 23.
Let’s analyze how both teams arrive at next Saturday match at the Emirates Stadium. Let’s start with the home team; Arsenal is a difficult club to examine at this time since the era of the new manager Mikel Arteta is just beginning. Under the command of the Spaniard, the Gunners have shown considerable improvements in all football aspects from defense to attack. On the last date, Arsenal faced Crystal Palace ending in a 1-1 draw. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was the protagonist of the game, scoring the goal that would give the Gunners the advantage just 12 minutes after starting the game. After 64 minutes, Aubameyang made a terrible mistake by overextending his foot in a defensive play against Crystal Palace midfielder Maximilian Meyer. The Gunner attacker would end up stepping on Meyer’s ankle in a very painful foul that would end in a red card for the Gabonese. The foul was very controversial not only because of the magnitude of the coup, but referee Paul Tierney also did not immediately show the red card. It was until he received a message from the VAR who, after reviewing the play, determined the expulsion of Aubameyang.
This match was particularly interesting because, even though the Gunners dominated with 58% possession of the ball, they committed many fouls resulting in 3 yellow cards and 1 red card for the London team.
Sheff United faced West Ham on the last date, where he achieved a 1-0 victory with a goal from Oli McBurnie. The goal came thanks to a bad clearance by goalkeeper David Martin who enters the field in minute 14 due to an injury to starting goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski. This game also had significant and controversial participation in the VAR. The hammers manage to score a goal in the last minutes of the game. The goal was annulled by the VAR how determinate that Declan Rice used his hand to control the ball in the previous play. With this victory, Sheffield settled in the 6th place of the table. Depending on the outcome of the match between Manchester United vs. Liverpool, Chris Wilder team could ascend to fifth place.
Sheffield is a team that we could consider strong, they have managed to stay in the top 10 of the Premier. In last year’s game against Arsenal, they managed to get a 1-0 victory. However, at the moment, the Sheff has a record of only 1 win in its last 4 games and has fallen to the big teams of the Premier. It is for this reason that it is unlikely that Sheff can achieve a victory in the Emirates. Arsenal will not be able to count on Aubameyang for the next 3 games, but this does not detract from offensive power to the Gunners who have Lacazette, Pepe, and Ozil. Arteta is likely to use Reies Nelson to complete the attack since the player has shown an excellent performance the times he has stepped on the field. Arsenal plays better and better and has the players to achieve a victory against Sheffield.