Momentum an important factor for Arteta

Sheffield United v Arsenal – Bramall Lane – Emirates FA Cup Sixth Round – Sunday 1pm

Sheffield United v Arsenal – Preview;

Mikel Arteta will be looking for further signs of recovery from his Arsenal side when they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in what will be a tough Emirates FA Cup sixth-round examination.

Arsenal returned to winning ways in the league at Southampton and the Gunners chief is demanding continued momentum as they not only look to make cup progress but retrieve a season which has threatened to run off the rails.

“It’s very important because confidence is everything in sport in general,” the Spaniard explained.

“When you play team sports it’s even better because you have to share that chemistry, those feelings, that energy.

“The win will be really good for the squad, for the belief, to keep going in the process that we have set and as well because of all the injuries and things that are happening.

“The team has suffered a little bit and it’s a lot to take in a very short space of time, but they are so willing.”

Eddie Nketiah could feature for the Gunners having opened the scoring in Thursday’s victory at St Mary’s. The player has certainly made an impression on Arteta since taking the reins in N7, adding: “Eddie, since I joined, the maturity and the personality that he plays every game with is incredible. I demand a lot of our forward players to put the opponent under pressure and they’ve done it.

“A lot of the goals we score are because of the errors that we force on the opponent. In that heat, to keep chasing players and putting them under pressure, sometimes it’s not a really nice thing to do.

“But obviously when you get a goal from the mistakes they’ve made – which could have caused a few more goals – it’s really important. It generates belief in what they do and it pays the price for the effort.

“I am happy with Eddie, the way he’s played again today, but I’m happy in general with the team. I’m really happy with the subs, the way they came in and helped the team together with the result and the attitude that they showed.”

Sheffield United v Arsenal – Head to head;

Sheffield United won; 40
Drawn; 27
Arsenal won; 48

Sheffield United v Arsenal – Last five meetings (all competitions);

December 30, 2006 – Premier League
Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal

October 31, 2007 – League Cup
Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal

September 23, 2008 – League Cup
Arsenal 6-0 Sheffield United

October 21, 2019 – Premier League
Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal

January 18, 2020 – Premier League
Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United

Jeevesie’s prediction; Sheffield United 1-2 Arsenal

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club)

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