Michael Owen believes Arsenal will not have it all their own way when they travel to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Monday night. The Blades have lost three of their four home games this season but their results don’t reflect their performances.
Chris Wilder’s men went toe to toe against league leaders Liverpool in their last home fixture, and Owen thinks that the Gunners will struggle to get the three points against a challenging opponent:
“Sheffield United have failed to score in their last three games in all competitions but they were, arguably, unlucky not to pick up a point against Liverpool in their last home game”
“Arsenal have only conceded once in their last four games in all competitions, but I would not be surprised if the Gunners had to settle for a point at Bramall Lane on Monday. Chris Wilder’s side have not lost by more than one goal in the league so far this campaign and I think they will get a draw against the Gunners.”
Arsenal should certainly not take their opponents lightly. They may be a newly promoted club but Sheffield United are very strong defensively and rely heavily on their work rate.
If the Gunners are not at 100% on Monday, they could come unstuck as Owen says, and it will be interesting to see who manager Unai Emery picks to start the game.
Most players would have had a full week’s rest ahead of the match following international fixtures so there will be no excuses on that front.