Two sides still vying for a finish among the European places in the Premier League will lock horns in the FA Cup quarter finals as Sheffield United prepare to welcome Arsenal to Bramall Lane on Sunday lunchtime. The clubs have already faced off in South Yorkshire once this term – with Sheffield United coming out trumps courtesy of a Lys Mousset winner in October.
Arsenal v Sheffield United Head-to-Head
Both sides have faced each other a total of 114 times across all competitions. The Gunners have won 48 of them while Sheffield United have had all three points in 40 of those games.
In the most recent meeting at Bramall Lane, Chris Wilder led his side to a 1-0 victory over the London club. Lys Mousset scored the only goal at the 30th minute of the match.
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Arsenal v Sheffield United Prediction
Arteta has called for the rest of the strikers to step up in the absence of Aubameyang. The club’s captain is the top-scorer with 16 goals in all competitions while Gabriel Martinelli follows behind with eight goals.
Meanwhile, the Blades have an impressive defensive record and they have conceded only 21 goals this season. Sharing this record with Leicester City, only Liverpool have a better statistic than the two teams.
Against a resilient side, it is tough to envision Arsenal winning this match. Additionally, other forwards such as Lacazette and Pepe do not seem fully capable of filling in Aubameyang’s shoes.
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There is expected to be rotation on both ends with the two clubs still in contention for a top-seven finish in the Premier League. Wilder is hopeful of having Jack O’Connell back in the fold for Sunday’s game, with the defender having not featured since the restart due to injury. John Egan and Dean Henderson are also in line for starting roles after missing out against Man United through suspension and ineligibility respectively. Mousset was forced to depart early in the defeat at Old Trafford with an ankle complaint, but the striker is expected to be fit in time for the weekend.
Arteta still has several players on the treatment table, however, with Pablo Mari, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Lucas Torreira and Calum Chambers all unavailable. David Luiz is back in the fold following his suspension, but Sunday’s game could come too soon for January arrival Cedric Soares to make his long-awaited debut for the Gunners. Kieran Tierney was forced off with cramp against Southampton but could play a part here, while Willock, Reiss Nelson and Alexandre Lacazette are all vying for spots in the first XI.
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Freeman, Norwood, Besic, Osborn; McBurnie, Sharp
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Holding, Saka; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Nelson, Willock, Aubameyang; Lacazette