3 positives & negatives from Arsenal's 6-0 thrashing of Sheffield United

  • Arsenal made history in another impressive victory
  • Thomas Partey returns after four months out with injury
  • Injury concerns for Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka

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Arsenal became the first team in English football history to win three consecutive away games by five or more goals. 

The Gunners added Sheffield United to their list of defeated teams by beating Chris Wilder’s side 6-0 and moving back within touching distance of title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table.

Their appetite for victory was evident early on as in the opening minute of Monday's meeting at Bramall Lane, with the hosts fortunate not to be behind even before Martin Odegaard's fifth-minute opener.

Having beaten West Ham 6-0 and Burnley 5-0 in their most recent away games, the Gunners found themselves five goals up at half-time, thanks to strikes from Martin Odegaard, Jayden Bogle's own goal, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, and Declan Rice, before Ben White added the sixth just before the hour mark.

Here are the positives and negatives from Monday’s routine victory.

3 positives & negatives from Arsenal 6-0 thrashing of Sheffield United

Gabriel Martinelli
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Positive #1: The team looks hungrier

Arsenal are scoring goals for fun, 31 in the last six Premier League matches since the turn of the year and they're not looking like relenting. Arteta mentioned after the match how the players are pushing themselves to be better.

"You cannot be satisfied," Arteta said via arsenal.com. "When it comes internally from them and that level of demand, it is what I see every day in training. They are pushing each other and trying to make each other better. That chemistry is really important if we want to have the chance to achieve what we want.

"We were really aggressive and positive and we showed real quality in the final third to take the game into a great position for us. Then we maintained the rhythm, maintained the hunger and I love that about the team."

They should have been ahead before Odegaard’s opener, and the home side had no answer to what Arsenal were doing. It seems the fear factor is back and oppositions are literally knowing their fate before every game.

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