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Sheffield United 0-6 Arsenal: What Were The Main Talking Points As The Gunners Make Another Thumping Title Statement?

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, English Premier League 5 Mar 2024

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Putting in what was a stunning performance at Bramall Lane on Monday night, Arsenal breezed their way to a remarkable 6-0 romp against Sheffield United.

Flying out of the traps here and making another statement of intent, the Gunners were remarkably 3-0 up within the opening 15 minutes and entered the half-time break with a 5-0 lead.

In what was a stunning first-half display, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and a Jayden Bogle own goal saw a mass exodus from Bramall Lane.

With Ben White eventually notching Arsenal’s sixth of the night 13 minutes after the restart, the Gunners have certainly hit top gear at a crucial time.

Continuing to gain a fearsome reputation for their astonishing displays in the final third, the Londoners now find themselves sat just two points adrift of climbing back to the top of the Premier League table.

While Arsenal might still most of Monday’s headlines, Sheffield United will receive plenty of backlash following another woeful display on home soil.

With the home support embarking on a mass exodus prior to the half-time break, the Blades have now lost all of their last four showdowns in front of their own supporters by an aggregate score of 21-2.

In a showdown that was completely one-way traffic at Bramall Lane, we have taken a look at the key talking points from Monday’s contest.

Arsenal make another title statement

While Arsenal might have suffered last-gasp heartbreak on February 21st as they opened their Champions League knockout stage adventure with a 1-0 loss against Porto, the Gunners are enjoying a stunning domestic romp.

Although Arteta’s young squad might have eventually fallen short in their bid to claim a first Premier League crown since 2004 last season, Monday’s guests have their sights firmly set on making real history this time around.

With the mood around the red half of north London at a famous high, Arsenal have won all of their previous seven top-flight appearances on the bounce and many feel that the Gunners are a leading contender in 2024.

With their remarkable purple patch underlined by a 6-0 romp against West Ham on February 11th, Arsenal have certainly hit top gear at a vital time and both Manchester City and Liverpool will be nervously watching on.

Firing on all cylinders and still believing that they can punch a Champions League quarter-final ticket when they return to the Emirates later in the month, Arteta’s side aren’t showing any signs of a psychological wobble.

Goal difference could be crucial for the Gunners

With many expecting that this season’s Premier League title chase could go down to the wire, it has been suggested that goal difference could be a deciding factor in where the title ends up in May.

Although defending champions Manchester City might be enjoying their own domestic flurry, it has been Arsenal’s attacking performances that have stolen plenty of headlines.

Storming their way to a 5-0 lead at the half-time break on Monday night and essentially beating Sheffield United into an early submission, Arteta’s side have continued to break a host of attacking records since opening the New Year.

Making the trip to Bramall Lane after collecting a 4-1 romp at home against Newcastle on February 24th, Monday’s hosts have now remarkably notched 31 goals on their seven-match Premier League winning run.

Comfortably moving clear ahead of Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League’s goalscoring charts, Arsenal have also done an eye-catching job of spreading the goals among their squad.

Sheffield United going down with a whimper

While Sheffield United might have always known that they had a real battle on their hands when making their Premier League return this season, the Blades have endured nothing short of an infamous top-flight campaign.

Completely blown away here and watching many of the Bramall Lane support leave before the half-hour mark, Chris Wilder would have been left embarrassed by another woeful campaign on home soil.

Met by a chorus of boos at both the half-time and full-time whistles, Monday’s hosts are limping their way back to the Championship with their tales firmly between their legs.

Still sat rock-bottom of the table and collecting just 13 points from their 27 Premier League appearances this season, Sheffield United have also broken a string of unwanted records at Bramall Lane.

Including respective 5-0 drumming against Brighton and Aston Villa last month, Wilder’s squad have lost all of their previous four contests in front of their own supporters by an aggregate score of 21-2.

Match Report

Sheffield United: Grbic, Bogle, Ahmedhodzic, Robinson, Trusty, McAtee, Norwood, Souza, Davies, Hamer, McBurnie

Subs: Baldock, Osborn, Arblaster, Osula, Brroks

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

Subs: Jesus, Partey, Vieira, Trossard, Soares

Goals: Odegaard (5’), Bogle OG (13’), Martinelli (15’), Havertz (25’), Rice (39’), White (58’)

Yellow Cards: Bogle

Red Cards: N/A

Referee: Samuel Barrott

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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