Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League this afternoon.
The Gunners are back in action three days after beating Liverpool on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-final as they take on a Sheffield United side who are yet to pick up a single point this season.
It finished all square in the corresponding fixture last season and, as expected, Mikel Arteta is hoping for all three points this time around.
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“I hope we can go on Sunday and grab three points because it’s going to be really important for us before the international break,” he said during his pre-match press conference. “The difference is, in both teams you will notice some changes in structure and players.
“It’s a different game but we know what they try to do and we know how difficult it will be.
“They have the necessity for points as well and that will make the team even more ready for that.
“I think we can create, the Emirates, a furnace for us. I think it’s going to be crucial for the future at the end of the season. Not just the results but as well the performance, where we can inspire and transmit that form and play with that confidence at home that we have to be really resilient and dominate games and impose ourselves in those games.
“I think the game on Sunday is a really difficult one. I watched the Sheffield [United] games already any they merit much more from those games.
“The way they played is tricky so I’m expecting a very difficult game.”
Ahead of this afternoon’s clash against the Blades, Arteta will be without as many as five first-team players as Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, and Gabriel Martinelli miss out through injury, while Lucas Torreira is in Spain ahead of his loan move to Atletico Madrid.
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