Monday, April 22, 2024

Report: Sheffield United 0-6 Arsenal (inc goals)

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice, Jorginho, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Havertz

Subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Partey, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Nketiah, Vieira, Jesus, Trossard

It was another dominant away performance from Arsenal as they put 6-0 past Sheffield United to keep pace with their title rivals, thanks to goals from Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, Ben White and Jayden Bogle (og).

Mikel Arteta named an unchanged side from the side that beat Newcastle last week, with Thomas Partey finally returning to the bench after four months out through injury.

Arsenal were almost ahead within two minutes, when Saka broke free down the right side and crossed for Rice, only for the ball to ricochet back to the winger who cannoned a shot off the crossbar before Martinelli’s follow-up effort was blocked off the line.

It was a sign of things to come as less than a minute later, White found himself behind the Blades’ back four when his overlapping run wasn’t tracked and Havertz was inches away from converting his cross from close range.

However, from that same move, Martinelli recovered the ball and eventually found Rice making a clever run in behind whose cutback fell perfectly for Odegaard following in. 1-0.

It was already a rough start for Chris Wilder who started Auston Trusty at left back in hope of containing Saka, but he was tormenting the American defender and that mismatch led to the second after his low cross was deflected into his own net by Jayden Bogle. 2-0.

And just two minutes after the second it was three, when Martinelli rifled into the near post after nice interplay with Jakub Kiwior who advanced down the left – with a small deflection off defender Jack Robinson to finish a sweeping move. 3-0.

Arteta’s men didn’t stop there and goalkeeper Ivo Grbic was called into action again, first saving a rasping effort from Rice and then another strike from Havertz which bobbled into his midriff.

Havertz put the icing on 25 minutes of total dominance after Martinelli did well to rob Anel Ahmedhodzic, before running onto a loose ball and firing clinically past Grbić low into the bottom corner. 4-0.

Frustration was beginning to appear for the hosts and Bogle was fortunate to avoid seeing red after scything down Odegaard with a nasty, scissor challenge although VAR judged a yellow card to be sufficient.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Odegaard and Saka were untouchable throughout the first half and more magic play between the two created a fifth goal, with the Englishman cutting back for Rice who curled into the far corner. 5-0.

It was another clinical away display from the Gunners who were ruthless and full of intent from the first whistle, dispatching a Sheffield United side with clear defensive struggles – especially at home.

In what must have been a first during Arteta’s tenure, Saka was taken off at half time and replaced by Fabio Vieira who had the perfect opportunity to get minutes in his legs.

And the Portuguese midfielder didn’t take long to threaten, showing a great turn of pace to beat Andre Brooks and lift a perfect cross to Martinelli at the back post who couldn’t get the right connection on his strike.

Arsenal added a sixth before the hour mark when Havertz was found in-behind again by Jorginho, whose control and pass into White were brilliant, allowing him to step inside and fire a left-footed strike into the far corner. 6-0.

That was the sixth different scorer on the night (including the own goal) which showed yet again how dangerous this side can be across the board.

With the game won already, Arteta used that opportunity to get minutes into other players’ legs with Cedric, Partey and Gabriel Jesus all coming on for White, Jorginho and Martinelli who had to be carried off with an ankle problem.

There was a chance for Jesus to get on the scoresheet when he was played through by William Saliba, but the Brazilian looked for a cutback instead of shooting and the danger was eventually cleared.

Disappointment against Porto aside, this was Arsenal’s seventh Premier League win in a row, showing all the ingredients of a side who are clearly finding their groove heading into the run in.

Their trip to South Yorkshire saw more individual brilliance, valuable minutes for returning players and another six goals away from home.

Oh what fun it is to watch the Arsenal win away.

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Cygan’sbaldspot

I’ve never seen anything like that

Dada

I think people and their so called projections will take us seriously after we do the same to Citeh at their stadium. I foresee a full on kubler Ross grief. Thwre will mostly be utter disbelief and denial.

El Mintero

Yeah, that was fun. More of this please.

C.B.

This same team only lost 2-1 at home to Man City. Only lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool. So in 45 minutes Arsenal have scored more here than city and Liverpool did combined in 90 minutes each.

Bleeding gums murphy

Starting superbly lately. Havertz is turning into great signing. Thought he was very good again tonight.

Henkamp

Apart from the goal he scored, his movement, his relentless pressing, hold up and link up play all looked imperious. Think he would be even better after another pre-season under his belt. Exciting times for us!

Frosty

Don’t forget about his top notch sh*thousery! Being able to draw fouls and get defenders carded could be invaluable as things become tighter in the next couple months.

loose_cannon

He’s been superb and has been as important as anyone when it comes to our recent form. Gives us a dimension going forward that no one else does in the squad at the moment.

DB10

Both of them teams scrape their way through games

PeteyB

I’m kinda bummed out that we didn’t keep that whole 2 goals in each half thing rolling along a little longer, meaningless though it may be.

Absolutely top perfomance otherwise.
Fingers crossed Saka and Martinelli don’t have any serious knocks

JuiceJ

Saka wasn’t well and Martinelli has a cut on his foot. According to Arteta, it’s not too much to worry about but will see how it goes in the next few days.

Dr. Gooner

I’m not sure I’ve ever watched football demolition like that. I’m quite sure I’ve never seen ARSENAL display football demolition like that in my 20 years of watching this team. I’ve seen us run up the score on teams but not with this level of control. It’s not just that we’re scoring a hatfuls, it’s that we’re doing it without the other team ever getting into our half, let alone have a shot, let alone score a goal. We are not just more technical, we are also more physical, better coached, AND more committed. It’s annhilation on every level and… Read more »

Grommet

Can’t believe people still question Arteta as much as they do…

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

A mate told me at 3 nil, until Arteta wins the league, he won’t be happy with him

Dr. Gooner

The zero sum game psychology. It pretends to be uncompromising in the name of elite standards, but in reality it’s a defense mechanism we use to simplify life’s complexities and our confusing emotions about them.

Fatgooner

So you missed the West Ham and Burnley games?

TexasRed

And you miss the point. Considering the clusterf&%ck of a team Arteta took over, and the dramatic improvements he made (how many players are left from the team Arteta took over?), it is beyond belief that people like you wanted to throw him out after a short run of bad games. Even the best teams have a run like that for various reasons (fatigue, injuries, etc, loss of focus), even City. You can complain about West Ham and Burnley, and the rest of us will enjoy this team and the present results, and the very bright future ahead.

Fatgooner

Listen, Tex, I think that YOU are missing the point. Today’s performance was brilliant, but so was the West Ham and Burnley ones. The West Ham performance for me was a better one than tonight’s because, let’s be honest: Sheffield United are utter shite and West Ham are a decent mid-table side. BTW: I want to see where we are at the end of the season before I praise Arteta to high heaven. I’ll say it again: I DON’T WANT TO SEE YET ANOTHER END OF SEASON COLLAPSE!!! If we get to the end of the season and have won… Read more »

Dr. Gooner

For me it’s not just about the trophies. Only one team can win each competition each year and football is a low scoring sport where chance has a disproportionate effect. Liverpool have missed out on lots of trophies despite being so, so good for most of the Klopp era. But they know they have a real gem on their hands and so he’s had the job security to see his football vision implemented on and off the pitch. As a result, Liverpool are a top, top product now, after going through a revolving door of mediocre managers who didn’t inspire… Read more »

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

Eloquently said – but fats is just a bit of a drama queen – he knows the score and he believes in arteta as much as the rest of us – he just hates to admit it 😇

Bringgunnersaurusback

100%
If people are not happy with Mikel if we unfortunately don’t win the league, then what’s the next scenario for manager position? Fire him? Just look at United, their fans would give away anything to have anyone 50% as good as our current setup(not only manager, but other staff, Edu, scouts etc).
I think even if we don’t win this one, we have plenty of years ahead to win trophies.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

I’ve got a niggling feeling that we will finish the season well and won’t win the league – which in some ways will hurt more than a collapse – but in other ways is just another step along the way to what feels like a sustained period of enjoyment

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

Ps “Tex” 😂

Dr. Gooner

That’s it. Football like this will beget trophies. It’s inevitable.

Cannon and ball and arsen’all

I think even the most sceptical of fans can sense something special is happening – as an optimist I have felt this for some time – but those prone to doom-mongering will always seek to summon their inner Santori from time to time – but they know deep down that we’re on the precipice of something special

Ozzie

There’s a saying among darts players; “High scores for show, doubles for dough.”
We all love scoring the 180’s but you’ll still need to finish the with one killer dart.

Dada

Dude come on.

Mass Gooner

Almost feel he does it for the responses people give him… ignore him long enough and he’ll hopefully stop …

El Mintero

We’ve been very good since Dubai. But before that we were very iffy. Fats has a point – we need to win something. But if keep playing like this against stronger opposition then we will have a good shout at the league.

Sagebrush

Still it’s a better team since 2015 or earlier

Santi’s Phonebox

Enjoyed watching us become competitive again under Arteta. Having the time of my life watching Arsenal utterly dominate PL teams while the pundits discuss Citeh and Pool and which of them will win the league. They aren’t going to see this juggernaut coming.

Truther

I feel Benjamin’s goal was for Arseblog.

ChuckBukowski

Arsenals 10,000th goal apparently.

Ozzie

…since that warm weather break??

Goonstein

Is this the Arsenal? Holy shit, that was the definition of high class. Bring on $hitty!

Grommet

That was so dominant I cannot believe my eyes. Look at our subs… Jesus, Partey, Trossard, Vieira… this team is stacked. Our GD just makes me smile. Bring it on baby!!

JuiceJ

Can’t bring blades to a gun fight. COYG!

Mirak00

Love dis

Fatgooner

Comfortable.

Santi’s Phonebox

Extremely.

Heavenly Chapecoense

I think we will win the CL.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

I think we’ll win this league and win at the etihad

Ozzie

Yaaaaas! Long as porto don’t ruin it.

Vieiraera

Total demolition! Ruthless and cold. Stuff of champions!!!! Fingers crossed, Martinelli and Saka are alright. Great run out for Fabio, TP and Jesus.

Emi Rates

A few minutes into the first half it started to feel like someone was going to get injured. Sheffield were constantly kicking Martinelli and lo and behold he hobbled off at 60 something minutes. I really hope he’s OK. I really hope Saka is OK too!

A Different George

According to Arteta, Saka was ill which I fully believe. And Martinelli had a minor cut–which I mostly believe.

Man Manny

I wanted more goals. If Arteta could bring Nwaneri when he was 15+ to set an epl record, then he could have demanded a 7th to set new away victory record.
Besides, I want us to have an intimidating goals difference.
Brentford will have to ship in from four up then.
Meanwhile, I hope Saka and Martinelli are okay, especially Martinelli.

Ozzie

One of our worst ever away kits has become possibly the best in a few short weeks.

Arsene's Zip

It’s on massive discount at the moment, got one the other day.

JuiceJ

I thought so too but I’m ordering one now, it looks like it will be an iconic jersey come end of May.

Emi Rates

I’m sticking to my 5+ year old Arsenal underpants. They work nearly all the time.

Ozzie

What’s an ironic Jersey?

Ozzie

Oops, misread!

Man Manny

Kai Havertz is beginning to have a special place in my heart, replacing Granit Xhaka.
I am glad Arteta signed him.

Up North

Speechless. Havertz a class signing and Ødegaard is just now PL’s best player. COYG

Ozzie

Kevin D’who?

Emi Rates

Looks like Arteta has managed to bring back the Havertz who was so good in his first season at Chelsea. The passing between him and Jesus that nearly saw Jesus score was just incredible to watch.

StuArse

Boring, boring Arsenal.

Emi Rates

Boing Boing Arsenal!

Ozzie

Arteta out!

Ozzie

If only we had a centre forward

Collibosher

After the two early near-misses you start wondering whether it’s going to be ‘One of those nights’. But once the first one went in, it was never in doubt.

JuiceJ

After the first two near misses, I knew we had them. And we did, we pummeled then relentless and by 16mins I thought time to take out Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli it was over. But I wanted that goal diffence to improve. Not happy we took our foot off the pedal. Nice to see Partey back, few iffy moments but our season is kicking on nicely. Arteta, needs to bring in a right back from the juniors, there’s no point in playing Soures. Those minutes could be valuable for the young lad coming up. Apart from that, being on Brentfod… Read more »

Rufusstan

That’s pushing things a bit. The 2 near misses were in the first few minutes and and we scored after 5. I for one didn’t have enough time to wonder before we were leading.

Alex

Winning like animals. That first half was outrageous and we should have scored a couple more…if only we had a proper striker. I’m hoping for a Liverpool-City draw next weekend after the poor showing with the 99th minute goal.

I’m loving this run.

A Different George

A red card to Rodri and Van Dyke would be nice as well.

Man Manny

Hey Blogs, it’s seventh win in a row, not sixth.

TeeCee

Easy to lose count.

Goonerjag

A great win – such a beautifully entertaining and fluid performance, especially in the first half. I did feel sorry for Sheffield Utd – a great club in a cool city. I wish it was Stoke City we had humiliated instead!

Emi Rates

I have never been to Sheffield but the music that town has produced has followed me through most of my life. Early Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA, the Warp label….

Ozzie

Joe Cocker, Heaven 17, Arctic Monkeys, Def Lepoard, Pulp, ABC and Jilted John!

Emi Rates

Arctic Monkeys, Def Leopard and ABC are awful though. I’ll add In The Nursery and Moloko.

Ozzie

Glad you like Jilted John though!

Arsewiggler

Gang of 4? Or were they from Leeds?

Eric Blair

I wouldn’t touch Stoke with yours. Let’s never see nor hear from them again.

Wk1998

This latest result now puts our goal difference 47 ahead of United

Sahil M Bansal

7th premier league win in a row!

BillyKrystal

Are we good now? Difficult to tell

Wk1998

It’s amazing how many sides have an off night against us

Wk1998

And if we can see off Brentford, we will be in second next week.

Walleye

1st

mc1892

If we beat them and Liverpool/ City draw, we’ll be top

Fenko

No.
We play first on Saturday before the Liverpool-City game on Sunday.
If we win, we top the table with 1 point ahead of Liverpool.
If Liverpool and City ties on Sunday, we are same points with Liverpool but top of thd table with superior GD.
A draw between Liverpool and City is best for Arsenal, but if any team should win that will benefit Arsenal, it should be City.

DB10

No chance. Rather Liverpool win. They’ve scraped their way to this position, no chance it will keep happening until the end of the season

Eric Blair

Can’t they both lose somehow? Maybe outrageous VAR decision followed by fights between players and an angry pitch invasion and points deduction? A man can dream.

Onenil

Anyone else get a bit bored?
Sorry, but that wasn’t a contest. Muhammad Ali v a night club bouncer.

MarcelloValerio

Michael Jordan vs midget
Fed vs orangutang

MarcelloValerio

Concorde vs tupolev

TeeCee

Godzilla vs the Japanese SDF.

Emi Rates

1970 Black Sabbath vs Maroon 5.

Ozzie

Sorry, but I’ll never ever get bored of seeing arsenal score or win.

Ozzie

…and Muhammad Ali could turn any fight into a classic, …Foreman, …Frazier, …Cooper, …Michael Parkinson.

Baron

Absolutely brilliant performance.
Sweetest part of the victory is the fact that we didn’t have to go beyond 3rd gear to do this demolition job.

This team is so deceptively dangerous & whoever discounts us now would be doing that at their own peril.
Once could be termed luck.
Twice could be termed coincidence.
But three, four times on the trot?
Nah! Someone’s got to take notice.

The Arsenal juggernaut rolls on.
On to Brentford and Porto next.
We’ve got this🎯
COYG 💪

Teryima Adi

Here comes the Demolition Squad.😀👊🏾💪🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

The Arsenal

Our fans were brilliant. Emptied there stadium, went through our entire medley of songs and then olleyed FOR the home team when they finally strung more than 5 passes together.

Dr. Gooner

I started to feel bad for the home team after 4-0. Seeing them unable to string 2-3 passes together and then being heckled for it… it’s obvious their morale is shattered, as Wilder himself put it afterwards. It’s hard to see how they came up to the PL level and how they thought they would stay up. They don’t have any genuine speed or trickery or subtlety up front. Either one of Fabio or Trossard, who both came on as subs for us, would instantly be their best offensive player by a long, long way. Worse than that, they don’t… Read more »

John

Fuck, i was laid off in Feb by a firm where I worked since 2021. I guess, i need to find some money and go to Dubai. I will be unstoppable. 🙂 really hope the boys can land some silverware at the end of the season, they deserve it so much!!

Olie Nwafada

My only negative is not seeing Emile Smith-Rowe make bow.

Santi’s Phonebox

Same. Trying to read the tea leaves on what that means.

Lorenzo

can anyone please explain why Rice didn’t assist on the first goal?

chepetin

Took a deflection off a defender on the way in. Nonsense rule.

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