Arsenal fall to away defeat against Sheffield United (1-0)
21 October, 2019
Unai Emery’s Arsenal faced Sheffield United in the Monday night fixture in the Premier League. It was the first match back after the October international break, and also the first of three games in 7 days for the Gunners.
Arsenal started positively and in the fifth minute of the game Nicolas Pepe played a dangerous ball across the face of the goal that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn’t anticipate until it was too late. A minute later, Sokratis had his shirt pulled as he attacked a Pepe corner but a penalty was not awarded. Both teams were working hard off the ball and making it tough for the opposition to create chances. The first big opportunity of the match fell to Pepe in the 21st minute. The Ivorian started a counter attack from just outside his own area and got into the opposition box to finish the Sead Kolasinac cross but he couldn’t get enough contact on his left-foot finish and it flashed wide of the right post. Ten minutes later, Sheffield United took the lead. The goal came from a corner which was headed down at the back post and the loose ball was finished by Mousset. Granit Xhaka came close just before the break with a well-struck effort from 25 yards, Henderson in the home team’s goal made a good save to deny him.
The second half saw Arsenal control possession and try to move the ball around to create spaces in the final third. Alexandre Lacazette came on to make his first appearance after being injured in the north London derby and Arsenal pushed forward trying to find the elusive equaliser. Pepe hit a powerful shot just wide of the angle, and Calum Chambers had a shot deflected wide right at the end but it wasn’t to be and Sheffield United won 1-0.
Arsenal now turn their attention to Thursday night’s Europa League fixture against Vitoria.