Sheffield United travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal this Saturday in a big weekend of Premier League football. The two sides sit opposite ends of the table, meaning a win for Arsenal may take them back to the top of the table, whereas a win for Sheffield United would put them closer to safety.
Arsenal currently sit third in the Premier League after nine games. The Gunners have six wins and three draws, leaving them on 21 points, meaning they are level on points with Manchester City and two points behind Tottenham.
In their last five games in all competitions, Arsenal have three wins, a draw and a loss. Bukayo Saka opened the scoring against Bournemouth with a penalty from Martin Odegaard giving The Gunners the 2 - 0 lead going into halftime. Another penalty, this time from Kai Havertz, and a late goal from Ben White gave Arsenal the 4 - 0 win. Arsenal then travelled to France to face Lens in the Champions League. Despite taking the lead through Gabriel Jesus, Adrien Thomasson and Elye Wahi both scored to give Lens the shock 2 - 1 win.
In a top of the table clash against Man City, Arsenal bounced back. Gabriel Martinelli grabbed the only goal of the game in the 86th minute to give Arsenal the important 1 - 0 win, where they also restricted City to just one shot on target. A penalty from Cole Palmer and a shock goal from Mykhailo Mudryk when he caught David Raya off his line gave Chelsea the 2 - 0 lead after 48 minutes. However, goals from Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard salvaged a 2 - 2 draw for Arsenal.
The last time out for Arsenal was in the Champions League against Sevilla. Martinelli opened the scoring in the added time of the first half, with Gabriel Jesus doubling the lead just half the restart. Nemanja Gudelj was on the scoresheet for Sevilla but it wasn’t enough as Arsenal won 2 - 1.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, sit rock bottom of the Premier League. In nine games, The Blades have one draw and eight losses, leaving them on just one point and four points adrift of safety.
In their last five games in all competitions, Sheffield United have five losses. Gustavo Hamer gave Sheffield United the lead in the 73rd minute against Tottenham, looking like The Blades were on track for their first win of the season. However, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski both scored late in extra time to give Tottenham the 2 - 1 win over ten man Sheffield United, who had Oli McBurnie sent off in extra time. Next was a record defeat for Sheffield United. Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn, Sven Botman, Callum Wilson, Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron, Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak all scored in the 8 - 0 win for Newcastle.
Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek both scored in the first half to give West Ham the 2 - 0 win over The Blades who had just two shots on target. Sheffield United were back on the scoresheet through an Antonee Robinson own goal, but goals from Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Willian and an own goal from Wes Foderingham gave Fulham the 3 - 1 win.
The most recent outing for The Blades was against Manchester United. Scott McTominay gave United the lead, but a penalty from McBurnie drew Sheffield United level. A late goal from Diogo Jota, however, gave Man United the 2 - 1 win.
Arsenal and Sheffield United have met 118 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back ini 1903. The Gunners do have the better record in the fixture with 51 wins in comparison to The Blades’ 40 wins, with the other 27 games ending in a draw.