Arsenal take on Sheffield United at the Emirates this afternoon, looking for three points against a team that beat us earlier in the season.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Martinelli, Pepe, Lacazette

Subs: Martinez, Holding, Bellerin, Guendouzi, Willock, Ceballos, Nkeitah

Sheffield United: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens, Norwood, Baldock, Lundstram, Fleck, Mousset, McBurnie

Subs: Jagielka, Besic, Sharp, Verrips, Freeman, Osborn, Robinson

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Shtopthelights
Shtopthelights
1 month ago

Should be enough to get the result.

VAR will solve the problem
VAR will solve the problem
1 month ago
Reply to  Shtopthelights

Did I see Mustafi on that team sheet?…?‍♂️

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest
1 month ago

Change the record mate

Arteta the gaffer
Arteta the gaffer
1 month ago
Reply to  Shtopthelights

Let’s hope Nkeitah get some game time. Out of interest what website do you guys use to watch 3pm KO ? I already know an Arabic one

Dave M
Dave M
1 month ago
Reply to  Shtopthelights

hahaha! If I had a dollar for everytime we’ve heard that line and not “got the result”.

goonero
goonero
1 month ago
Reply to  Shtopthelights

Underestimate Sheffield at your own peril. They are going to gives us a very tough game, especially with us missing Aubameyang and being forced into playing Mustafi.

bobbo
bobbo
1 month ago

Glad to see Bellerin on the bench and is getting closer to regular game time. COYG

Gervinho
Gervinho
1 month ago
Reply to  bobbo

After Arteta he’s not the obvious first choice, as AMN has been really good. Seems like AMN got a wake up call from Arteta and is finally showing his potential.

Certainly won’t be easy for Bellerin if AMN keeps on putting on those performances

Mpls
Mpls
1 month ago
Reply to  Gervinho

I’m with Arteta on this one, Bellerin has not yet this season gotten his fitness up anywhere near 100% since returning from the knee injury. We will see a better Bellerin when he does. He can add so much moving the ball up the wing, and hopefully he gets some of that legendary recovery speed back.

AMN has slowly been improving his defense though, so he’s closing ground on Hector there.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon
1 month ago
Reply to  Gervinho

Arguable AMN fits the system better than Bellerin, coming in as an additional midfielder instead of bombing up the flank.

Futsboller
Futsboller
1 month ago
Reply to  loose_cannon

Bellerin has real smarts when it comes to interceptions, and he’ll help Arsenal regain possession quickly from that tucked-in midfield position at times.

Richie
1 month ago

Mustafi = LANS.

jon
jon
1 month ago

I would have started Ceballos ahead of Martinelli. This game needs dribblers, to get through their very tight defensive lines.

Mpls
Mpls
1 month ago
Reply to  jon

I’ll never argue against players with technique but we also need an aggressive goal scorer with Auba out.

Dom47
Dom47
1 month ago
Reply to  jon

Yes, but Martinelli has a good dribble as well

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
1 month ago

Great that Martinelli starts (nothing to do with my Fantasy team of course). 🙂

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago

Nketiah on the bench probably meaning hes definitively staying ?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

Despite the fact he was widely expected to go out on loan again having been recalled from Leeds at the start of January, it now appears as if Eddie Nketiah will stay at Arsenal for the rest of this season.
That’s according to David Ornstein in The Athletic, and a similar report in the Telegraph this evening. This was reported a couple of days ago mate.

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

I’ll better believe what I see than what I hear. Mate 😉

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

The Oracle has spoken mate.

Martin
Martin
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

That had already been decided

Adriano
Adriano
1 month ago

Nelson?

Dom47
Dom47
1 month ago
Reply to  Adriano

Cygan?

Luke
Luke
1 month ago

GG 7+

Artetatikitaka
Artetatikitaka
1 month ago

Nketiah announces himself for the next Ballon d’Or shortlist today.

Rex Baron
Rex Baron
1 month ago

What’s happened to Nelson?

Rochester
Rochester
1 month ago
Reply to  Rex Baron

Hamstring

Richie
1 month ago
Reply to  Rochester

And Sokratis?

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay
1 month ago
Reply to  Richie

Illness.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles
1 month ago
Reply to  Richie

It’s pronounced “soccatits”.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla
1 month ago
Reply to  Rochester

When?

Dom47
Dom47
1 month ago

He does it every evening with his wife, she’s used to it.

bell
bell
1 month ago

happy to dani on the bench

Nelson
Nelson
1 month ago

No Nelson, No Socratis.

Dom47
Dom47
1 month ago
Reply to  Nelson

No Benji.

Fergal
Fergal
1 month ago

Can’t wait for Martinelli to bang in a hatrick!

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner
1 month ago
Reply to  Fergal

Can’t wait for Mustafi to shush the haters and bang in a hatrick! ?

The Far Post
The Far Post
1 month ago
Reply to  AmericanGooner

Hope springs eternal 😀

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  AmericanGooner

In which net?

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Hater. ?

Sean Williams
Sean Williams
1 month ago

I like the front three, Martinelli, Laca and Pepe. Dangereux! The back four of AMN, Mustafi, Luiz and Saka leave me trembling.

Gervinho
Gervinho
1 month ago
Reply to  Sean Williams

when you look at Artetas tactics it ain’t that scary, as Xhaka drops deep when Saka attacks. And Martinelli becomes an attacker.

The starting formation changes whether we’re attacking or defending. We’ve adapted a style similar to Guardiola, but with a few adaptations.

Gervinho
Gervinho
1 month ago
Reply to  Sean Williams

Look out for the long passes from Luiz and Xhaka now compared to the Emery era. Both have become integral attackijg options from the back

Rich
Rich
1 month ago

Martinelli + Saka down the left is exciting.

I’d much rather we persisted with the inexperience of Saka, than panic signing a free from PSG, who their fans seem very excited about losing.

Bergkamp 3:16
Bergkamp 3:16
1 month ago

As Mustafi is continually mocked and made a lightening rod for all that went wrong at the latter end of last season and to some degree rightly so, his ball playing skills should not be dismissed and I for one think that Arteta can get the best out of his somewhat limited skillset. We as Arsenal fans have become cat’s paws to the media’s insidious and salacious agenda and with the advent of numerous platforms giving everybody a “voice” it is evident some “fans” do not understand what it truly means to be a “fan” of Arsenal FC. Players might… Read more »

Takeshita
Takeshita
1 month ago
Reply to  Bergkamp 3:16

I am not worried about his ball playing skills, but about his mad moments. Remember Boumsong anyone, good defender but he was always an accident waiting to happen.

midgunner
midgunner
1 month ago
Reply to  Bergkamp 3:16

Totally agree with this mate, well said.

COYG

Dom47
Dom47
1 month ago
Reply to  Bergkamp 3:16

What a bunch of sappy old bollocks disguised in a smart, emphatic statement.

Arsemusic
Arsemusic
1 month ago

Fingers crossed it’s enough to get a result. Coyg

Richie
1 month ago

If we win 8-0 today, we go above Spurs on goal difference.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
1 month ago
Reply to  Richie

If we win 1 – 0 today “St Totteringham’s Day” will be in our own hands. 🙂

goonero
goonero
1 month ago

Surprised not to see Nelson in the squad, but happy Martinelli has been given a chance, he’s in for a full and proper welcome to British football from the Sheffield CBs today.

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay
1 month ago
Reply to  goonero

Nelson is injured, unfortunately.

Richie
1 month ago
Reply to  goonero

I would have said the Sheffield CB’s are in for a full and proper welcome to Martinelli today.

Sagebrush Farm
Sagebrush Farm
1 month ago

Where is Sokratis? his big frame compesates for his shortcomings

Dom47
Dom47
1 month ago
Reply to  Sagebrush Farm

His big frame is injured apparently.

Dom47
Dom47
1 month ago

Mustafi is like a super resistant tick, genetically created in a Chinese govt lab… Just can’t get rid of him.

David C
David C
1 month ago

Anybody know a good stream for the game?

Leon
Leon
1 month ago

Arsenal playing like they have played for the last four years.
Not very well.
Arteta wants to bring the style of Man City to Arsenal but the trouble is that, apart from one or two players Arsenal are simply not good enough.
Hopefully the second half is better than the first but I’m not holding my breath.
Arsenal players are much better at talking on twitter than they are at winning big football games…

Right Across Sunderland!
Right Across Sunderland!
1 month ago

We are moving the ball a little slowly, but improved in the last 10 of the first half. Saka, Pepe, Ozil and the rest of the back 4 did well. Martinelli, surprisingly, didn’t have a great half but as I pointed out on another thread listing his (many) qualities, he makes great runs and has a knack of being ‘Johnny on the spot’. That’s what got him that goal. If we can improve on that last 10 of the first hakf, we should do this. But I have been impressed with Sheff Utd, particularly with Fleck, who keeps finding space… Read more »

HelderHughes
HelderHughes
1 month ago

Thanks man. Looking forward to your full match report.

Reality check
Reality check
1 month ago

Martinelli is playing more like a striker, getting less space to run at people.. I think Arteta has decided to take advantage of his nack for scoring goals..

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
1 month ago
Reply to  Reality check

Unfortunately I live in England so I’m unable to watch the game. How mad is that?

Right Across Sunderland!
Right Across Sunderland!
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

I live in Thailand right now, but probably off to China on a few months. We get all the games live here for about £15 a month.

Richie
1 month ago

Even when Ozil plays?

Richie
1 month ago

Poor decision to take off Lacazette when it was only 1-0…..

Twatsloch
Twatsloch
1 month ago
Reply to  Richie

He was crap!

Leon
Leon
1 month ago

And the improvement over Emery is?

Richie
1 month ago
Reply to  Leon

Needs time. We likely won’t see the improvement until next season.