Arsenal predicted lineup vs Sheffield United – Bukayo Saka still on fire

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Sheffield United – Bukayo Saka still on fire
Arsenal celebrate their 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Emirates. Photo by Icon sport

Arsenal are back in action on Saturday afternoon, as the Gunners welcome Sheffield United to the Emirates on match week ten of the 2023/24 Premier League season. 

It’s set to be an interesting duel between the two sides who have had contrasting starts to the campaign, as Mikel Arteta’s squad remain unbeaten in the league, while Paul Heckingbottom’s side are yet to win a game. 

Kick off is set for 15:00 in north London, as Sheffield United bid to lift themselves off the bottom of the table, but the Gunners will pose a huge threat to their hopes. 

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Sheffield United

Arsenal vs Sheffield United Premier League team news 

In his pre-match press conference, Arteta confirmed that both Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus are set for a few weeks on the touchline, as the duo have sustained fresh injuries to tarnish their start to the season once more. 

Jesus missed the start of the campaign, while Partey has been absent over the past few weeks due to a groin issue, with both players bringing a lot to the squad when they’re fit and firing. 

It’s a frustrating revelation for the Gunners, who saw their star striker shine in Seville earlier this week in the Champions League. 

Arsenal predicted lineup

Raya; Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, White; Rice, Jorginho, Odegaard; Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah

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Gabriel Jesus battles against Chelsea during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Photo by Icon sport

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Bukayo Saka scores against Bournemouth during Arsenal’s 4-0 win. Photo by Icon sport

Bukayo Saka – Aiming for seven goal contributions in a row

In his previous six Premier League appearances for Arsenal, Bukayo Saka has either scored or assisted to help his team in the final third. 

The Englishman has four goals and three assists in his opening eight appearances in the league this term, highlighting his importance to the squad, and the threat he could pose to Sheffield United this weekend. 

After returning from injury last time out, the winger will certainly be one to watch on Saturday, with him always being an identifiable threat on the right flank. 

Declan Rice celebrates scoring during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Manchester United. Credit: David Klein / Sportimage – Photo by Icon sport

Declan Rice – £105m well spent 

Declan Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham United in the summer for £105m, a price tag that he has lived up to in the opening stages of his career in north London. 

The midfielder scored last time out against Chelsea, and has maintained a stellar level of performance, with no player in Arteta’s squad averaging more interceptions than him per game, and only Saka averaging more tackles than him, via WhoScored.

In the past few games, the Englishman has been given the freedom to venture forward more, in a tactical switch that could cause the Blades some huge problems on Saturday. 

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Gabriel Martinelli scores during Arsenal’s 2-1 Champions League win against Sevilla. Photo by Icon sport

Gabriel Martinelli – Returning from injury with a bang

Against Chelsea, Gabriel Martinelli recorded his first start after recovering from a hamstring injury that saw him sidelined for over two weeks. 

The Brazilian made his partial return off the bench against Manchester City, where he scored the winning goal late on to send the Emirates into pandemonium. 

It’s been an encouraging return to the pitch for the 22-year-old, who scored earlier this week on his Champions League debut against Sevilla, with his direct style of play destined to upset Sheffield United. 

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Sheffield United – The Final Word 

A win is necessary for the Gunners if they are to remain in touching distance to the top of the table, especially after dropping points last time out in the league against Chelsea. 

With the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham looking to be challenging for the title this year, as well as the formidable threat of Manchester City, it’s integral that Arteta’s side pick up points where possible throughout the course of the calendar. 

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