The Guardian: LONDON, England, By Aaron Bower at Bramall Lane – Nights like these, under the lights in the pouring rain and against an opponent with nothing to lose, when your two main rivals have already won earlier in the weekend, are the ones where title challenges can take an unexpected tumble.

The problem with that, though, is nobody appeared to inform Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal side. The only things that tumbled here, in the end, were the records. With this, their seventh consecutive league victory to move within two points of Liverpool at the top, Arsenal became the first team in English league history to win three straight away games by a margin of five or more goals. In truth, this match could have been won by a far greater margin than the six the visitors effectively declared on against a Sheffield United team sinking down to the Championship with a whimper.

Match Stats

Possession

ARS77SHU23%

Attempts

4

Off target

0

On target

13

9

Corners

0

7

Fouls

11

4

Lineups

Sheff Utd

  • 13Ivo Grbic
  • 20Jayden Bogle 
  • 15Anel Ahmedhodzic
  • 19Jack Robinson
  • 5Auston Trusty
  • 28James McAtee
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 21Costa Vinicius Souza
  • 22Tom Davies
  • 8Gustavo Hamer
  • 9Oliver McBurnie

Substitutes

  • 2George Baldock (s 46′)
  • 11Ben Brereton
  • 18Wes Foderingham
  • 23Ben Osborn (s 17′)
  • 24Oliver Arblaster (s 64′)
  • 27Yasser Larouci
  • 32William Osula (s 46′)
  • 35Andre Brooks (s 46′)
  • 42Sydie Peck

Arsenal

  • 22David Raya
  • 4Ben White
  • 2William Saliba
  • 6Magalhaes Gabriel
  • 15Jakub Kiwior
  • 8Martin Odegaard
  • 20Filho Jorge Jorginho
  • 41Declan Rice
  • 7Bukayo Saka
  • 29Kai Havertz
  • 11Gabriel Martinelli

Substitutes

  • 1Aaron Ramsdale
  • 5Thomas Partey (s 65′)
  • 9Fernando Gabriel Jesus (s 64′)
  • 10Emile Smith Rowe
  • 14Eddie Nketiah
  • 17Soares Cedric (s 65′)
  • 19Leandro Trossard (s 74′)
  • 21Fabio Vieira (s 46′)
  • 24Reiss Nelson