Arsenal vs Sheffield United: Jesus, Partey out, Trossard & Havertz in line for a start as Mike Arteta’s men seek to maintain fine run

Bukayo Saka in action for Arsenal || Photo Credit: Imago

PREVIEW: Arsenal vs Sheffield United: Jesus, Partey out, Trossard & Havertz in line for a start as Mike Arteta’s men seek to maintain fine run

Joel Omotto 10:20 - 28.10.2023

The Gunners will be without key forward Gabriel Jesus and midfielder Thomas Partey for the visit of Sheffield United but Mikel Arteta can go all-out attack against the bottom placed side.

Last season’s runners-up Arsenal will look to continue legitimising their Premier League title credentials by seeing off basement boys Sheffield United on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta's side did drop points in their last league outing away at Chelsea but showed great determination to bounce back from two goals down to salvage a point against their London rivals, ensuring they remain one of just three sides still unbeaten across England’s top four tiers coming into the weekend.


The Gunners followed up on that point at Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 win over Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, but Mikel Arteta’s men were dealt a blow when Gabriel Jesus, who had a hand in both goals, was forced off with a hamstring injury.

That may sideline him on Saturday, but the home fans will still be confident they can keep building momentum given that Arsenal are unbeaten in 36 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium against newly-promoted sides, a run that stretches back to 2010 (Won 31, Drawn five).

While the 2023/24 season remains in its infancy Sheffield United’s prospects already look incredibly bleak. A 2-1 defeat to Manchester United last Saturday was their eighth loss of the league campaign, with their one point after nine rounds the joint-worst return at this stage in competition history.

Rather ominously, it was the Blades’ 2020/21 campaign that also started in this manner, and ended in relegation to the Championship.

Paul Heckingbottom’s men have wilted as games have gone on, already conceding eight goals beyond the 75th minute this term. The severity of that troublesome trend is amplified when you take into account no team has scored more Premier league goals in this period than Arsenal coming into the round.

Team news

Jesus underwent a scan on Thursday and will miss the coming "few weeks" along with Thomas Partey.

Eddie Nketiah will most likely come in for Jesus, although Arteta could also turn to Leandro Trossard.

There may well be changes in defence and Takehiro Tomiyasu could drop out, even after he shone in Sevilla on Tuesday.

Arsenal should have plenty of the ball on Saturday at Emirates Stadium and, as such, Oleksandr Zinchenko may come in at left-back.

Likewise in midfield, Jorginho could drop out given Arsenal’s expected dominance. There will be no need for Arteta to play both Jorginho and Declan Rice, with Kai Havertz someone who may get a start.

When and where to watch

The match will kick off at 5pm and will be live on SuperSport TV.

Predicted line-up

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli

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