Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Sheffield United as title race heats up

  • Arsenal are back in action in the Premier League as Sheffield United are the next team in Mikel Arteta's way

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Arsenal travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United as the visitors look to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side make the trip to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United that sees 3rd face 20th in the Premier League.

With the Gunners in good form after dispatching Newcastle in scintillating fashion 4-1 at the Emirates, Arteta's side will need to take their talents on the road and put on a good showing.

United have only won one out of their last four, while Arsenal has won six straight in the league as the goalscoring woes that once plagued them have been firmly put in the rearview mirror.

As we head into the clash, the Gunners are in good shape health-wise with Thomas Partey, Jurrien Timber, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira all involved in training this week, Arsenal is getting healthy at the right time.


Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Sheffield United

Bukayo Saka
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Here is how Arteta could set his side up as they looked to heap more misery on the Blades.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Arteta has shown that this is Raya's show in the league now and with only two goals conceded in the last four league games, expect him to start between the posts again.

Ben White (RB) - White has returned to form when Arsenal needed it most as he has been back to his best over the last few weeks as he looks to get more inverted and give the Gunners yet another option moving forward.

Gabriel (CB) - While Saliba has been off just a touch over the last few weeks, Gabriel has been a standout in the Arsenal backline and in the tricky confines of Bramall Lane, he will again be needed to be on top of his game.

William Saliba (CB) - The Frenchman has been off of late, and it is starting to become slightly worrying, but Gabriel has been there to pick up the slack, but hopefully this is when Saliba dominates from the outset.

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - One of the revelations of the season for me. Taking over from Zinchenko who has been dealing with injuries, Kiwior hasn't put a foot wrong on the left side of defense. While Timber is edging closer to a return, Jakub will keep his spot in the team.


Midfielders

Declan Rice (CM) - What can be said that hasn't already? Rice has been a colossus in the heart of the Arsenal midfield and look for his superb form to continue against the bottom-of-the-table Blades.

Jorginho (CM) - Underrated and unheralded. The Italian has been a beacon of consistency for Arteta whenever he's called upon (excellent vs. Liverpool) and he could get the nod again vs. Sheffield United despite Partey nearing a return.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - Playing in an advanced role, if Jorginho does in fact keep his place, then expect the skipper to roam the final third and unlock the Blades' defense with his slick passing.


Forwards

Bukayo Saka (RW) - Saka has been unplayable lately and is one goal away from equaling his tally from last season (14). Goals in five consecutive games (seven goals in total) and expect Bukayo to torment the Sheffield United defense.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Despite Jesus being involved in training this week, expect Havertz, who has barely put a foot wrong over the last month to get another shot at leading the line. Two goals and an assist in his last two games.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) - It was a toss-up between Martinelli and Trossard and we know that Arteta loves to give Gabi chances when he is out of form. Just one goal and one assist in his last four games.


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