Arsenal see off Sheffield United
Arsenal welcomed Sheffield United to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
The two sides headed into said tie in rather contrasting form.
The Blades had lost their previous three league outings before Sunday, failing to score in any of those clashes.
Arsenal, on the other hand, had won four of their last five outings across all competitions before facing Sheffield United, with their only blip a 3-1 defeat away to Liverpool.
So, ahead of kick-off on Sunday, a home victory was most certainly widely expected.
And when all was said and done, it would indeed be Arsenal who emerged with the three points.
The north Londoners didn’t put on the most spectacular of displays, but the introduction of Nicolas Pepe just before the hour mark breathed new life into the Gunners, who then scored in the 61st and 64th minute.
David McGoldrick did pull one back late on, but it was little more than a consolation goal.
Highlights: Arsenal 2-Sheffield United 1
Arsenal improving under Arteta
Sunday’s result meant that Arsenal were, for a few hours at least, heading into the international break boasting a top-four berth.
Obviously, the Gunners didn’t get anywhere near the top-four lasts season, finishing in a rather embarrassing 8th place.
However, Mikel Arteta didn’t take the reins until December of 2019 and had he been in charge from the beginning of the season, you would imagine Arsenal would have been much higher up the table.
The Spaniard has completely transformed Arsenal in the last 10 or so months, with the below stat highlighting just what a positive impact Arteta has had on the Gunners:
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 4, 2020
Guendouzi closing in on Hertha switch
One man who has actually not benefited from Arteta’s Arsenal return has been Matteo Guendouzi.
After the young Frenchman was accused of taunting Brighton players over pay back in June, he had not played a single minute of competitive football for Arsenal.
And with the transfer window set to draw to a close in just over 24 hours, it seems the out of favour Guendouzi has secured himself an Arsenal exit.
Said transfer, as per Charles Watts of Goal, will see Guendouzi join Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.
However, it is understood that the deal will not include an option to buy.
Full story on Guendouzi, who is close to a move to Hertha Berlin. https://t.co/dLw9xoloXr
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) October 4, 2020
Arsenal see off Sheffield United Arsenal welcomed Sheffield United to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. The two sides headed into said tie in rather contrasting form. The Blades had lost their previous three league outings before Sunday, failing to score in any of those clashes. Arsenal, on the other hand, had won four of theirFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed