Following a truly listless 3-0 defeat by Liverpool, there was a familiar feeling of frustration in north London on Thursday night as the Gunners failed to take their chances in a quarter-final first-leg meeting with Slavia Prague before substitute Nicolas Pepe’s late goal was then cancelled out in the final seconds.
That has left a lot riding on next week’s return fixture in the Czech capital, with Arsenal’s disappointing domestic position - 10th and 10 points adrift of the top four with only eight games remaining - surely meaning that winning the Europa League now represents their only chance of returning to the Champions League next season.
For Sheffield United, relegation has long since been accepted as a mere formality following a dreadful second campaign back in the top-flight, with the Blades seven points adrift at the bottom and 15 from safety following a Yorkshire derby defeat by Leeds - their 24th league loss of the season.
The club parted company with popular manager Chris Wilder last month, with Under-23s boss Paul Heckingbottom placed in temporary charge alongside ex-Bournemouth head coach Jason Tindall.
Date, time and venue
Sheffield United vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 7pm BST kick-off tonight - Sunday, April 11, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Bramall Lane due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
How to watch Sheffield United vs Arsenal
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 6:30pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Sheffield United vs Arsenal team news
Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Pablo Mari, Saka, Thomas, Xhaka, Pepe, Ceballos, Martinelli, Lacazette
Subs: Bellerin, Gabriel, Willian, Cedric, Nelson, Elneny, Nketiah, Ryan, Azeez
Sheff Utd: Ramsdale, Egan, Ampadu, Stevens, Baldock, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, Osborn, Burke, McGoldrick
Subs: McBurnie, Mousset, Lowe, Jagielka, Foderingham, Bogle, Brewster, Bryan, Ndiaye
Sheffield United vs Arsenal prediction
After he initially led a fightback following the club’s worst start to a season for decades, the Arteta criticism is rising again with his side being consistently hamstrung by the same tired issues.
Criticism in the media has been fierce, with the likes of Gary Neville among those to question if Arsenal’s players are still fully behind their manager.
Anything less than a win against a Sheffield United side waiting for relegation to the Championship to be confirmed and those grumblings will start to get much louder, particularly if the Gunners then do not progress in Prague on Thursday.
1-3 away win.
Sheffield United vs Arsenal head to head results
Sheffield United wins: 2
Arsenal wins: 3
Last meeting: Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United (04/10/2020)
Betting odds and tips (subject to change)
Sheffield United win: 5/1
Arsenal win: 4/6
Arsenal to win 3-1: 16/1
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