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
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:
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 4, 2020
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.
Full story on Guendouzi, who is close to a move to Hertha Berlin. https://t.co/dLw9xoloXr
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) October 4, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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