Sheffield United vs. Arsenal final score, result, highlights as Gunners dish out 6-0 thumping

BRAMALL LANE, SHEFFIELD — Arsenal demolished a beleaguered Sheffield United to romp to a 6-0 lead and stay firmly in the hunt for Premier League glory.

Mikel Arteta’s side were playing after watching title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City win over the weekend and they found very obliging opponents to move back within two points of Jurgen Klopp’s men at the summit, and a point shy of champions City.

Bukayo Saka had already hit the crossbar and Declan Rice seen a shot blocked on the line by the time Martin Odegaard tapped in from the latter’s cross.

United looked exactly as you’d expect for a team that had lost their previous two home matches 5–0 and Arsenal were unrelenting.

Jayden Bogle was helpless when he put Saka’s 13th-minute cross through his own net and Martinelli emphatically finished an Odegaard-orchestrated break two minutes later.

Sheffield United vs Arsenal final score

  Fulltime Goalscorers
Sheff Utd 0  
Arsenal 6 Odegaard 5′, Bogle (OG) 13′, Martinelli 15′, Havertz 25′, Rice 39′, White 58′

Lineups:

Sheffield United (4-5-1, right to left): 13. Ivo Grbic (GK) — 20. Jayden Bogle, 15. Anel Ahmedhodzic (24. Oliver Arblaster), 5. Auston Trusty, 19. Jack Robinson — 28. James McAtee, 16. Oliver Norwood, 21. Vinicius Souza, 22. Tom Davies, 8. Gustavo Hamer — 9. Oli McBurnie.

Arsenal (4-3-3, right to left): 22. David Raya (GK) — 4. Ben White (17. Cedric Soares), 2. William Saliba, 6. Gabriel, 15. Jakub Kiwior — 41. Declan Rice (19. Leandro Trossard), 20. Jorginho (5. Thomas Partey), 8. Martin Odegaard — 7. Bukayo Saka (21. Fabio Vieira), 29. Kai Havertz, 11. Gabriel Martinelli (9. Gabriel Jesus).

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The Brazil winger turned provider again when he picked Jack Robinson’s pocket to feed Kai Havertz for number four. A second-half injury to the effervescent Martinelli was the only blemish on Arsenal’s night.

Rice tucked home to make it 5-0 at the break from a Saka cutback and the England winger enjoyed the second half with his feet up as right-back Ben White piled on the pain with his first goal since September.

The steady stream of second-half substitutions robbed the game of its momentum and United stuck doggedly to a thankless task as they just about avoided a defeat to match their 8-0 reverse to Newcastle earlier in the campaign.

Nevertheless, at 11 points from safety with 11 games to play and a goal difference of minus 50, they are simply waiting for the inevitable. For Arsenal, everything remains possible.

More to follow

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Sheffield United vs Arsenal live updates, highlights, and commentary

Fulltime: That’s all, folks. Sheffield United avoided the record-breaking infamy they seemed destined to endure at one stage but that’s about all you can recommend from their night’s work. They’re doomed. Arsenal Are one point behind Manchester City and two shy of Liverpool. They have a handy goal difference advantage over both in a race that could go to the wire. Thanks for joining us.

90th minute+1: Into stoppage time. For Wilder and his team, their watch has almost ended.

88th minute: A scrambling Arsenal attack, Jesus hacking away inside the box, ends with an offside flag. There’ll be no record now. The substitutions killed the momentum of the game but Sheffield United deserves some credit for sticking to their utterly thankless task.

84th minute: Bogle tries to score at both ends (well it’s the same end, we’ve swapped, but you know what I mean). He tries to bring a shot back with the outside of his foot. It doesn’t come back. It’s an awful shot. But, again, fair play.

82nd minute: At the other end an absolutely fabulous save from Grbic at full stretch denies Jesus. United aren’t happy about Arsenal playing on with Arblaster down. You can see the point. Not like the game is on the line.

81st minute: Osula on the break for United. A couple of stepovers. He blooters his shot miles away but the crowd roar anyway. Enjoyable defiance.

78th minute: Kiwior stays up from the corner as the ball comes back in and glances wide, unmarked. Good chance that. Arsenal really need to be more clinical.

76th minute: Jesus scampers in behind. One of those runs United have been unable to stop all night. Cleared behind for a corner.

74th minute: Rice makes way for Trossard. Mikel, is an extra forward at 6-0 entirely necessary?

69th minute: We’re probably edging ever so slightly away from record territory now. Jesus is on for Martinelli and Partey’s long injury absence has ended as he replaces Jorginho. Goalscorer White is off for Soares.

62nd minute: Baldock down the right for United. A semblance of a chance. Raya claims the low cross. A blemish for Arsenal here as Martinelli goes down for the second time in the half.

58th minuteGOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Ben White!!!

Another goal from another source. Havertz gets into one of those pockets in the Sheffield United area where Arsenal have lived all night. He cuts back and White gleefully slaps home with his left foot.

53rd minute: Martinelli tries to make it six but can’t hook a volley on target.

52nd minute: Rice tries to catch out Grbic with a free-kick from out wide but the Blades keeper clutches it to his chest.

46th minute: We’re back underway. Fabio Vieira on to give Saka a rest. Tripple change for United. I mean, why not?

Halftime: The whistle goes. The home fans boo. Plenty of them have already gone home and it’s hard to blame them. Arsenal have been excellent, I think. But it’s hard to say when the gulf between the two sides is so vast in every way imaginable. It doesn’t look like elite sport at the moment. This is a turkey shoot. The only aim left for Sheffield United is to avoid the heaviest Premier League defeat of all time. That’s 9-0. All the best.

45th minute+4: After another torrid period of chasing, United get the ball. Robinson has no options. He’s forced to run diagonally across his own half and thump a channel ball towards McBurnie. 

45th minute: Trusty makes a very important interception to prevent the latest popping and fizzing Arsenal passing move from entering the United penalty area. Oh goodness, there will be five additional minutes. The home fans boo.

39th minute: GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Declan Rice!!!!!

Sheffield United have lost their past two home games 5-0 and it’s 5-0 in the first half here. So simple again. Saka can’t fail to beat his man at the moment – he hasn’t even scored yet – and Rice sidefoots home his latest cutback. This could end up being any score. The Premier League record of 9-0 under very legitimate threat.

36th minute: Corner for Arsenal on the left, who haven’t scored for 11 minutes. Rubbish. They’re trying some sort of funky routine. Odegaard ends up with the ball on the edge of the box, his shot is blocked. United give the ball back to Arsenal again! Stop doing that. The cross is too high for Havertz.

29th minute: Bogle flies in on Odegaard. He might have got a bit of the ball but he had two feet off the floor and that’s a yellow card. The last thing the beleaguered hosts need is a red card here.

26th minute: A chance for the Blades! Hamer through on goal, Raya saves. Oh, he was offside anyway. 

25th minuteGOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Kai Havertz!!!!

Another shambles from Sheffield United. This is just awful from the home side. Robinson gets in a mess to be dispossessed by Martinelli. He fouls him, the referee plays advantage and Havertz drills in number four. 

24th minute: Sheffield United have the ball. Souza passes it straight out of play. Now Arsenal are attacking and they’re scrambling again.

22nd minute: “We’re gonna score in a minute,” chortle the Arsenal fans.

21st minute: Rice lets fly with a rip-snorter from distance. Grbic adjusts to save and the rebound is hacked clear. After all the varied intensity of Liverpool and Manchester City’s games at the weekend, Arsenal are enjoying a training exercise. That feels pretty useful. 

20th minute: McAtee cuts inside and lashes a shot miles wide. The home fans applaud because at least he’s trying to do something.

17th minute: Chris Wilder makes a tactical substitution in the 17th minute. I guess it isn’t going particularly well. Osborn replaces Norwood.

15th minuteGOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Gabriel Martinelli!!!!!

Lord have mercy. United decide to attack. Arsenal snaffle the ball back and charge up the other end. Odegaard drives things, Kiwior with a nice no-look lay-off to Martinelli, who slams home via a deflection. A VAR check for offside doesn’t spare the hosts.

13th minuteGOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Jayden Boyle (OWN GOAL)!

Saka darts past Trusty as if he doesn’t exist. He’s at the byline and drives into the goalmouth. Boyle is helpless to avoid putting through his own goal.

13th minute: The home fans try to rouse their team. Gabriel is the deepest Arsenal player on the field, 35 yards from the opposition goal.

11th minute: United cough up possession again in their own half and Saka has a chance. A clatters of red and white limbs crowd him out but this isn’t sustainable at all.

9th minute: Arsenal work a corner short. Odegaard twists, turns and toys with Souza before curling wide from outside the box. Grbic ponders a short goal kick and then waves his defenders away. The Arsenal press has been as ravenous as it was last week.

5th minuteGOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Martin Odegaard!!!!

It was a matter of time. Arsenal flooding the United box with runners and they don’t know what to do with them. Rice gets to the byline inside the box, cuts back left footed and Odegaard has a simple finish. Brilliant from Arsenal but stupifyingly easy.

5th minute: Now White flashes one across the goalmouth. It feels like a matter of time.

2nd minuteChoas in the United box already! Saka gets in round the back via a one-two with Jorginho. He tries to cross to Rice, the ball comes back to him and he shoots against the crossbar. The rebound falls to Martinelli and Robinson clears off the line. Sheesh.

1 min before kickoff: Ex-Blades Aaron Ramsdale gets a boo when the Arsenal subs are read out. Arsenal players into their pre-match huddle. United fans sing the “Greasy Chip Butty” song. We’re good to go.

4 mins before kickoff: The teams are in the tunnel. Here they come out in the South Yorkshire wind and rain. 

20 mins before kickoff: The teams are going through their warmups. Understandably, there’s not really much to note in terms of crackling anticipation from the home fans already in their seats or on the concourse. This might end up being one to endure rather than enjoy. Nevertheless, boss Chris Wilder is typically bullish.

“They’re massively in the title race, we understand that, but we’re trying to dress it up as a cup match for us, an FA Cup tie. And I’ve said to the players if it was an FA Cup tie you’d have nothing to lose, let’s go for it and give a good account of ourselves and put in a positive performance.”

40 mins before kickoff: If Sheffield United are to have any hope of a positive result tonight, they’re likely to need a big performance from England Under-21 international James McAtee. The on-loan Manchester City attacker has three goals and a couple of assists for the struggling Blades. Should he add to those, it would provide a tasty narrative twist in the title race.

55 mins before kickoff: Two changes for Sheffield United, with Tom Davies making a long-awaited first Premier League start. Ollie McBurnie also comes in to plough what might be a lone furrow up front.

1 hour before kickoff: The teams are in. Arsenal unchanged from their emphatic 4-1 win over Newcastle last time out. Thomas Partey makes the matchday squad for the first time since October.

1 hr 20 mins before kickoff: The mission for Arsenal tonight is to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. After the weekend, Liverpool’s one-point lead over the champions remains intact, following Darwin Nunez’s last-gasp heroics against Nottingham Forest. Phil Foden was in inspired form as City came back to beat United 3-1 in the Manchester derby but Arsenal know a win over Sheffield United will take them to within two points of the summit. Considering Liverpool hosts City at Anfield on Sunday, that would be a pretty handy spot.

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1 hr 40 mins before kickoff: As the old adage goes, the underdogs need the form book to be thrown out of the window in these sorts of games. In United’s case, it doesn’t need to so much be thrown out of the window but out of Sheffield entirely and ideally nestle somewhere in the Peak District. Arsenal have won their past two away games 6-0 and 5-0, with the Blades losing their two most recent games on home turf by the latter scoreline. They were also hammered 8-0 by Newcastle at Bramall Lane earlier in the season. This might be one for their fans to watch from behind the sofa (with The Sporting News open on your phone, of course!).

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2 hours before kickoff: Hello and welcome to the Sporting News’ live coverage of Sheffield United vs. Arsenal from Bramall Lane. The Gunners have been in red-hot form in the Premier League of late and it could be a long night ahead for Chris Wilder’s strugglers.

Sheffield United vs Arsenal kick off time

This Premier League clash takes place at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, UK and kicks off on Monday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Mon, Mar. 4 3:00 p.m. ET
Canada Mon, Mar. 4 3:00 p.m. ET
UK Mon, Mar. 4 8:00 p.m. GMT
Australia Tue, Mar. 5 7:00 a.m. AEDT
India Tue, Mar. 5 1:30 a.m. IST

Sheffield United vs Arsenal lineups, team news

Wilder is expected without striker Cameron Archer due to a calf issue, with Ollie McBurnie getting the nod over Villarreal loanee Ben Brereton Diaz in attack.

Former Everton midfielder Tom Davies gets a long-awaited first Blades start.

Sheffield United (3-5-2 right to left): Grbic (GK) — Ahmedhodzic, Trusty, Robinson — Bogle, Norwood, Hamer, Souza, Davies — McBurnie, McAtee.

Sheffield United subs (9): Foderingham (GK), Baldock, Brereton Diaz, Osborn, Arblaster, Larouci, Osula, Brooks, Peck.

Arteta had some positive news ahead of this game with Ghana international Thomas Partey in a matchday squad for the first time since October.

Gabriel Jesus also returns to the bench but the first XI is unchanged

Arsenal (4-3-3, right to left): Raya (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior — Rice, Jorginho, Odegaard — Saka, Havertz, Martinelli.

Arsenal subs (9): Ramsdale (GK), Partey, Jesus, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Soares, Trossard, Vieira, Nelson.

Sheffield United vs Arsenal live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA USA Network, Universo Fubo, Universo NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Sports App
Canada

Fubo Canada

UK Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League Sky GO, Now TV
Australia Optus Sport
India JioTV, Hotstar

USA: This game is available on the USA Network with streaming options on Fubo and Peacock. Telemundo and Universo provide Spanish language options.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live-streaming exclusively via Fubo.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on-demand on Optus Sport.

UK: This game is available in the UK via Sky Sports Sports with streaming on Sky GO and Now TV.

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