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Arsenal injuries ahead of Sheffield Utd away and various possible line ups

by Bulldog Drummond

Last season Sheffield United had these home defeats in the league

Date Game Res
Scored Competition
04 Aug 2018 Sheffield United v Swansea City L 1-2 Championship
01 Dec 2018 Sheffield United v Leeds United L 0-1 Championship
14 Dec 2018 Sheffield United v WBA L 1-2 Championship
30 Mar 2019 Sheffield United v Bristol City L 2-3 Championship

This season the defeats in the first eight games in the league have been

24 Aug 2019 Sheffield United v Leicester City L 1-2 Premier League
14 Sep 2019 Sheffield United v Southampton L 0-1 Premier League
28 Sep 2019 Sheffield United v Liverpool L 0-1 Premier League

According to Physioroom Arsenal is one of five clubs with two senior players injured.  No club has fewer.  At the top of the injury list we have Norwich with an amazing 13 players out, Manchester United with 10 men down and Chelsea with 8.

Our two men down are mostly agreed to be Reiss Nelson and Alex Lacazette – with both, according to physio room having no chance of playing.  Football London are adamant that Smith Rowe who missed the last game after getting concussion is fit and ready to play.  They also have Laca down as a possible player despite the physioroom prognostication.

Louise Taylor in the Guardian is dead certain Arsenal are going to get caught out, saying,

“Only a rare mistake on the part of Dean Henderson, United’s goalkeeper, gifted the league leaders a 1-0 victory and George Baldock, Chris Wilder’s right wing-back, gained immense confidence. “It was a really assured showing from us. We went toe to toe with arguably one of the best teams in the world,” he said. “I love playing at Bramall Lane – the fans are different class. There’s such a connection with the manager and the captain and it feels like we all have one aim to achieve things together; it’s brilliant to play in that atmosphere.”

The statszone web site has come up with a lineup that reads


Chambers, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac;

Xhaka, Guendouzi;

Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Saka;


Although they also feel that Dani Ceballos might be injured.

The wacky football london site goes for


Chambers, Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney;

Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos;

Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka

But here’s the thing: we are playing monday (obviously) and then again on Thursday.  So we need to balance the two squads.

However, the Thursday game is against the team in our Europa group who have lost both their matches thus far, while we have beaten each of their opponents.   So we might take it that Vitoria Guimaraes is not going to be too much of a proposition for us.

So we could well put out the strongest team that we have, not leaving anyone behind to bolster Thursday’s side at Arsenal Stadium.  But there may also be the thought of needing one or two first teamers to support the youngsters in Thursday’s game.

This could lead to the raising of some eyebrows when certain players are omitted from Monday’s match or simply left on the beach.   If that is the case I suspect they will then have a solidifying place for the Europa game.

And the great benefit of having a soft Europa game after two very solid wins is that we can give the youngsters further chance to develop and show their talents hopefully in front of a decent crowd later in the week.

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