Sheffield United 0-6 Arsenal: 3 things we learned

Arsenal thumped Sheffield United thanks to five first-half goals as Mikel Arteta's side got rolling early.

Sheffield United v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Sheffield United v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
1 of 3
Next

Arsenal set two new records as they won against Sheffield United in yet another dominant display to march closer to the top of the Premier League table.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal were absolutely ruthless in their showing and did exactly what their manager had asked them to do; not let the opponents breathe. In essence that means they have to dominate their opposition.

This Gunners side has now become the first team in Premier League history to win three away games consecutively by five or more goals in the league. They also broke the record (previously held by Manchester City) for the most goals scored in a seven-game streak, having scored 31 goals so far.

This was a game dominated by positives however, here are the 3 most important things we have learnt from the win.

1. Martin Odegaard’s new position has bolstered the team dynamics

Recently, Martin Odegaard has adapted to a deeper role in the midfield, akin to what Bernardo Silva performs in Manchester City. While people often compare his contributions to that of Kevin De Bruyne or Bruno Fernandes, this deeper role suits him well and is helping him thrive.

The rotations in terms of covering a player out of position and ball distribution are highly effective, something that he pulls off incredibly well. His shift of responsibilities to this role has majorly contributed to helping the team tackle opponents who use the 'low block' or park the bus tactic.

Declan Rice was played as a #8, a role helped by Odegaard's shift into a deeper role in midfield, improving the overall dynamism in midfield.

Continued on next slide...