The Blades are facing a daunting task as they travel down to the Emirates at the weekend with a long list of injured players, though Arsenal have some major worries themselves.
Mikel Arteta’s concerns mount as he awaits updates on the condition of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal’s Champions League victory over Sevilla. Thomas Partey was absent from the midweek match in Spain due to a thigh injury he picked up during Monday’s training session. Meanwhile Jurrien Timber remains sidelined as he continues his recovery from a significant knee injury sustained earlier in the season.
On the flip side, Sheffield United may see the return of full-back George Baldock who could be back in contention to play in North London on Saturday.
In their recent Premier League match, Arsenal secured a 2-2 draw against London rivals Chelsea, thanks to two rapid second-half goals by Declan Rice (77th minute) and Leandro Trossard (84th minute). It was a match where the Gunners were not firing on all cylinders yet were still able to eek out a late point.
That is the total opposite of Sheffield United’s campaign through nine games. Although they have given Manchester City, Tottenham and Man United challenging games, they have conceded late goals to drop points. And pressure is mounting on Paul Heckingbottom who reportedly needs a result to save his job at the weekend, according to Football Insider.