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Match Preview: Sheffield United vs Arsenal

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Sheffield United and Arsenal will close the ninth Premier League round, as they meet each other at the Bramall Lane tomorrow evening.

Arsenal will be looking the retain their third place in the Premier League table when they visit Sheffield United on Monday night.

The Gunners are unbeaten in their last seven outings across all competitions, ever since the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool back in late August.

Sheffield United, on the other hand, have won just one of their last six games in top-flight English football – a 2-0 victory over Everton in the sixth round. The Blades were also knocked out from the EFL Cup last month, after losing 1-0 at home to third-tier side Sunderland.

They are just one point clear of relegation-threatened Newcastle with nine points from the opening eight games, as much as 20-time league winners Manchester United.

Team news

Sheffield trio John Fleck, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick will face a late fitness test, hoping to recover in time for the clash against Arsenal tomorrow evening.

Other than that, Blades boss Chris Wilder does not have any other injury, nor suspension concerns for the upcoming meeting with the Gunners.

Alexandre Lacazette has returned in training for the visitors, although the game at the Bramall Lane could come too early for the French striker.

Reiss Nelson remains on the sidelines, as he continues his recovery from a knee ligament injury at least until the start of November.

Stats

Both sides have not met in the league since 2006, but Arsenal have since won two League Cup ties since then, with an aggregate score of 9-0.

Sheffield United are unbeaten in their last four top-flight home games against Arsenal (W1 D3) since a 0-2 loss in April 1991.

The Blades have lost their last three Premier League home games. They last lost four in a row at home in league competition in April 1965.

Arsenal are winless in their three away league games since beating Newcastle on the opening weekend.

Under Unai Emery, the Gunners have kept just two clean sheets in 23 away Premier League matches (1-0 wins at Watford and Newcastle).

Sheffield United haven’t lost a league game on a Monday in 12 outings since January 2012. Arsenal, on the other hand, have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League matches on Monday night (W8, D2), a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in April 2017.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 games for Arsenal in all competitions – a goal here would see him become the sixth-fastest player to reach the 50 milestone for the Gunners.