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Arsenal smash SIX past Sheffield United to keep Premier League title hopes alive

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners added Sheffield United to their list of thrashed teams as the Gunners beat Chris Wilder’s side 6-0.

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If Arsenal could have chosen any Premier League opponent to play on Monday night, with the knowledge that they needed a win to keep up with title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, it would have been Sheffield United.

While Arsenal have been achieving impressive away wins at West Ham and Burnley (6-0 and 5-0 respectively) in their last two Premier League away trips, Chris Wilder’s side have been experiencing heavy defeats at home. They lost both their last two league games at Bramall Lane 5-0, against Aston Villa and Brighton.

So it was no surprise that Arsenal aimed to dominate from the start against their almost-certainly relegated opponents. It was expected that they would score early. However, the manner in which they effortlessly sliced through the Blades, seemingly unopposed and at will, was remarkable.

Within just 15 minutes, the game was effectively over. Martin Odegaard opened the scoring with an easy finish after five minutes – Bukayo Saka had already hit the bar by then – before Jayden Bogle put the ball into his own net in the 13th minute. Gabriel Martinelli added a third on the quarter-hour mark.

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Martinelli’s strike marked Arsenal’s 300th Premier League goal in 161 games under Arteta. Only Pep Guardiola (120 matches), Jurgen Klopp (142), and Manuel Pellegrini (149) reached that landmark quicker.

For many Sheffield United fans in attendance, that was the last straw. Dissatisfied with the shambles they were witnessing, they left the stadium.

Veteran midfielder Oliver Norwood wasn’t far behind, being substituted by Chris Wilder in the 17th minute. In fairness to Norwood, it could have been any of them.

When Kai Havertz scored a fourth into the bottom corner on the half-hour mark, ex-Arsenal striker Alan Smith, commenting for Sky Sports, declared: “This is turning into an absolute humiliation for Sheffield United and a masterclass from Arsenal.”

Declan Rice added a fifth in the 39th minute after brilliant work from Saka down the right. Five goals, five different scorers. “This is ruthless, it’s brutal,” proclaimed Smith.

“That was disgraceful,” said Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio. “It’s one of the most one-sided games I’ve ever seen. And to think they came in on the back of losing two home games 5-0, that’s shocking.

“I can’t recall anything worse that I’ve ever seen in a half of football than that.”

Rice’s effort made Arsenal just the second team to score at least five goals in three successive top-flight away matches, a feat previously only achieved by Burnley in 1961. It also meant Sheffield United have conceded five or more on six occasions already this season, equaling an unwanted Premier League record jointly held by Derby County (2007-08) and Swindon Town (1993-94).

Ben White scored with his left foot to make it 6-0 in the 58th minute to complete the rout that keeps Arsenal in 3rd place and in the race for the Premier League title.

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