Report: Sheffield United 0-6 Arsenal

A breathless, ferocious display of attacking football saw us equal our record by winning the Premier League for the second time in a matter of weeks.

Report: Sheffield United 0-6 Arsenal

After a 6-0 win at West Ham at the end of last month and a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in our last league game, we were thrashing the hosts again at Bramall Lane.

Martin Odegaard opened the floodgates within five minutes and we never looked back. Jayden Bogle’s own goal doubled our advantage before Gabriel Martinelli made it 3-0 inside 15 minutes.

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Kai Havertz and Declan Rice scored before the break and Ben White’s sixth goal in the second half was also our 10,000th goal of all time.

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We had more than 20 shots on goal over the course of 90 minutes, and secured our place in the history books by becoming the first team in English league history to win three consecutive games by at least five goals.

initial attack

Incredibly we had three clear chances inside the first four minutes, before Odegaard put us ahead in the fifth minute.

Bukayo Saka hit the bar just 70 seconds into our first attack, the rebound falling to Gabriel Martinelli at an awkward height and his instant shot with the outside of his foot was cleared off the line.

Ben White then sent a searching low cross across goal which Kai Havertz could not reach.

However, we retained possession by recycling the ball down the left, where Declan Rice crossed low to deny Odegaard from eight yards.

Odegaard then fired over and had a shot blocked before Bukayo Saka doubled the lead.

Saka’s low cross from the right flew past the keeper, and looked destined for Declan Rice at the far post, but Jayden Bogle could only turn the ball into his own net.

It was a steady start against a nervous, shaken United team and it soon got even better.

Jakub Kivić came into the area, sent the ball back to Martinelli, who took a deflection and lofted the ball inside the near post.

We had scored three good goals just 15 minutes earlier and Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder responded by bringing on an extra defender.

goals keep flowing

After a brief respite of 10 minutes, we added the fourth.

Martinelli was being dragged back as he tried to advance, and he showed strength to set up Kai Havertz. He advanced into the area and fired a shot into the corner with his left foot.

For the third consecutive game away from home in the Premier League, the home side were headed for an early exit.

Every time we came forward we were forced to take a shot as United’s defenders were chasing shadows, unable to get a foot on the ball at all, or stop any of our build-up play.

It was only a matter of time before the fifth goal arrived. This time Saka was the supplier, enjoying the freedom of the right side, before cutting the rice to take home. It was Saka’s 50th first team assist in an Arsenal shirt.

It was a brutal, astonishing first half of football from Mikel Arteta. We became the second team in English top-flight history to score at least five goals in three consecutive away games, after Burnley in September 1961.

White’s historic attack

Saka was replaced by Fabio Vieira at half-time and the Portuguese made a storming run down the right to set up Martinelli at the start of the second period, but the cross was simply overhit and the Brazilian could not direct his acrobatic effort. .

Just before the hour Mark White joined in to act, and it was an absolute beauty. Kai Havertz took a long pass in his stride before setting up White inside the area. The defender fired a first-time left-footed shot beyond the helpless Ivo Grbić and into the bottom corner.

It was an important goal – our 10,000th goal in all competitions in our long glorious history.

Ben White’s name will be recorded in history forever and this game will also be recorded in the history books.

White was withdrawn shortly afterwards, with Thomas Partey brought in for his first appearance since 8 October.

The final 20 minutes or so were played at a more relaxed pace, but we still dominated proceedings, and had a few chances to score a seventh goal.

But the 6-0 win means we have now won all seven of our Premier League matches in 2024 by an aggregate score of 31-3. We are well ahead of the leaders, one point behind Manchester City and two behind Liverpool with 11 games remaining.

what will happen next

We host Brentford in the Premier League next Saturday, before we try to overcome our 1-0 defeat to Porto in the first leg when the Portuguese side visit the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League Round of 16 next Tuesday. Then we don’t play again for 19 days when we go to the Etihad Stadium to take on champions Manchester City.


10,000 UP!

Ben White’s goal was our 10,000th goal scored in all senior competitions since foundation.

The first goal was scored by Hope Robertson in an 11–0 FA Cup win over Lyndhurst in 1889.

Goals came in 5,839 games, at a rate of 1.71 per game. Vishal Maz

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