Arsenal hit Sheffield for six at Bramall Lane

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  • Post published:March 5, 2024

Arsenal closed the gap on log leaders Liverpool after clinching a commanding 6-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the Premier League on Monday evening.

The Gunners showed their intent early on and took their lead in the third minute but Bukayo Saka smashed his effort off the woodwork before Jack Robinson cleared his line.

Arsenal did manage to take the lead a minute later when Declan Rice cut the ball back for Martin Odegaard, who calmly fired the ball home from the middle of the box.

The visitors picked up their pace and scored their second goal of the game in the 13th minute after Jayden Bogle put the ball into his own net after Saka’s initial cross into the area.

Arsenal added a third goal two minutes later after Gabriel Martinelli darted his way down the left flank before firing his low effort home to make it 3-0.

Kai Havertz grabbed Arsenal’s fourth goal in the 25th minute when he was afforded time to pick his spot before slotting the ball into the net, despite Anel Ahmedhodzic’s appeal for a foul.

Things went from bad to worse for Sheffield after Arsenal added a fifth goal in the 39th minute when Saka cut the ball back for Declan Rice, who found the back of the net with a first-time finish.

Arsenal held on to their healthy five-goal lead as the game went into the half-time interval at Bramall Lane.

The Gunners picked up where they left off in the first half and added a sixth goal in the 58th minute when Ben White fired the ball home after being played in by Havertz to find the bottom corner.

The Blades opted to bring on fresh legs in the 65th minute as Ahmedhodzic was replaced by Oliver Arblaster, who made his Premier League debut.

Meanwhile, Arsenal made a triple change a minute later as Cédric Soares replaced White, Thomas Partey came on for Jorginho and Gabriel Jesus was brought on for Martinelli before bringing on Leandro Trossard to replace Rice in the 77th minute.

The Blade goalkeeper Ivo Grbi was called into action in the 84th minute when he made an excellent save to deny substitute Jesus, whose curling effort was heading for the far corner.

Arsenal were unable to add to their gaol tally and were forced to settle for a dominating 6-0 victory over Sheffield to close the gap on first-placed Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City.

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