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.

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Kai Havertz
Sheffield United v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

3. Havertz’s influence as a striker is unmatched

In recent games, Havertz has proved that he offers a unique dynamic of a false #9 and a traditional #9 (three goals and two assists in his last three outings). His ability to run into spaces is lethal and allows him to be able to get into positions that can guarantee goals.

His contribution is essentially the best of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, that is, being able to hold up play and create chances as well as play as a target man. It is something that Arsenal crucially needed, especially in games where getting into the box is threatened by a low block. 

The German managed to bag himself a goal and an assist against the Blades. I think this is a sign that he has to be played in the striker role more often.

The main takeaway from the game can be said to be the new roles and how well the players have taken them on and executed it. It seems as though it has balanced an out of kilter team. The team simply looks like they are clicking in all aspects and that is a team to be feared.

This win against Sheffield United simply serves as a warning to the competition. Arsenal simply sailed past Sheffield as if it were a walk in the park. The north London side will take on Porto in the Champions League next and will hope to carry this form as they hope to advance further in the group stages of the competition.