Arteta gunning for revenge on belligerent Blades

Talking Points

Arsenal could well be accused of underestimating the new boys in the Premier League, Sheffield United, when the two teams met earlier in the season at the home of the Blades, Bramall Lane. Can they reverse that result? Check out all the odds for the different types of btts predictions before you have a punt.

The Gunners slipped to a 1-0 defeat in a game that was won by the home side because, frankly, they showed far more grit, will-power and determination than their visitors. Of course, those were the days that the Londoners were bossed by Spanish coach Unai Emery. And, yes, you could argue that they were underperforming and low in confidence. Still, you would have thought that they had enough about them to muster a fight. As it was they came away with nothing; not many could argue that that was what they deserved.

Since then, of course, Freddie Ljungberg had a spell as interim head coach and then Mikel Arteta was appointed as Arsenal’s head honcho. Make no mistake, Arteta will not be underestimating Wilder’s hard-working grafters when the two teams meet at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) with a 3pm kick-off.

Fans of the Gunners, as well and pundits and critics, have noticed that at least Arsenal are now trying much harder than they have previously. They are earning the right to play, you could say. And make no mistake, Arteta (who was previously an Arsenal midfielder before he went to join Manchester City as the No.2 to head coach Pep Guardiola) will in no way take the Blades lightly. Anyone who has seen the Steel City schemers play this season, and last as it goes, will tell you that you have to match them for work rate. It is imperative.

Arteta, speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the top-flight showdown, said:

“I’ve been very impressed. I’ve seen a lot of games and everything is prepared. Everything they do has a real sense, they are really difficult to break down.”

Arteta speaks of how impressed he has been with the togetherness of the group as well as just how efficient they can be in attack and defence. In short, they are an organised team with a great structure of exactly how their manager expects then to play the game.

And he added:

“The solidarity in their team is incredible, how hard they work for each other and they have very clear principles — in attack and in defence, restarts of play, set-pieces – with what they want to do. So, it will be a very difficult test. I already warned the players about this.”

Arsenal will work harder tomorrow that’s for sure. If it will be enough to grab a win remains to be seen.