Impressive home form stat highlights Arsenal’s dramatic improvement under Arteta/Guendouzi closing on Hertha switch


Arsenal see off Sheffield United

Arsenal welcomed Sheffield United to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The two sides headed into the clash in rather contrasting form.

The Blades had lost their previous three league outings before Sunday, whilst failing to net a single goal.

Arsenal, on the other hand, had won four of their last five across all competitions, with their only blip a 3-1 defeat away to Liverpool.

So, ahead of kick-off on Sunday, a home victory was widely predicted.

And, when all was said and done, it was indeed Arsenal who emerged with the three points.

The north Londoners didn’t put on the most spectacular of displays, but the introduction of Nicolas Pepe just before the hour-mark breathed new life into Arsenal, who went on to net in the 61st and 64th minutes.

David McGoldrick did pull one back for Sheffield United late on, but it proved little more than a consolation.

Highlights: Arsenal 2-Sheffield United 1

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Arsenal improving under Arteta

Sunday’s result meant that Arsenal were, for a few hours at least, heading into the international break boasting a top-four berth.

Obviously, the Gunners didn’t get anywhere near the top-four last season, finishing in a rather embarrassing 8th place.

However, it should be noted that Mikel Arteta didn’t take up the reins at the Emirates until December of 2019. Had he been in charge from the beginning of the season, Arsenal would no doubt have finished much higher up the table.

The Spaniard has completely transformed Arsenal in the last 10 or so months, with the following stat perfectly showcasing just what a positive impact he has had on the fortunes of the capital giants:

Guendouzi closing in on Hertha switch

One man who has not benefited from Arteta’s Arsenal return, however, has been Matteo Guendouzi.

Since being accused of taunting Brighton players over finances back in June, the young Frenchman has not played a single minute of competitive football for the Gunners.

But, with the transfer window set to slam shut in just over 24 hours, it looks as though Guendouzi has secured himself an Arsenal exit.

As per the reliable Charles Watts of Goal, the out of favour midfielder is set to join Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.

It is understood that the deal will not include an option to buy.

See also: Mikel Arteta provides update on Arsenal transfer business following Sheffield United

Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United: Pepe steps up when needed most to reignite Gunners career

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Everton FC 4 7 12
2 Leicester City FC 4 5 9
3 Liverpool FC 3 5 9
4 Arsenal FC 4 3 9
5 Chelsea FC 4 4 7
6 Leeds United 4 1 7
7 Newcastle United FC 4 1 7
8 West Ham United FC 4 4 6
9 Aston Villa FC 2 4 6
10 Southampton FC 4 -1 6
11 Crystal Palace FC 4 -2 6
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 -3 6
13 Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 2 4
14 Manchester City FC 3 -1 4
15 Manchester United FC 2 -1 3
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4 -2 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 4 -8 1
18 Burnley FC 3 -5 0
19 Sheffield United FC 4 -5 0
20 Fulham FC 4 -8 0
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 6
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 6
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 3
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 3
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 3
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 3
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 3
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 3
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 3
Costa, Helder Leeds United 2
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 2
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 2