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

Sheffield United v Arsenal FC - Premier League
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Positive #3. Thomas Partey returns after four months

Gabriel Martinelli
Sheffield United v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Michael Regan/GettyImages

It was a welcome sight to see Thomas Partey finally return to the team after four months on the sidelines. The Gunners made a very smart choice by breaking the bank to bring Declan Rice to the Emirates Stadium last summer. Just imagine a season with Partey out for the majority of it, leaving us with Jorginho and Mohamed Elneny as our central midfield options. We all know what would have happened and where the team would be at the moment. It’s good to have another quality option back, but he looked rusty.

Negative #3: Zinchenko and Tomiyasu fitness still a concern

Arsenal have conceded only three goals in the last six matches, and there are no complaints about the defense. However, the team appears light defensively heading into the crucial part of the season. Jakub Kiwior has been solid at left-back, but Mikel Arteta knows that he needs options in defense. With Zinchenko and Tomiyasu still out, it is a concern.