Match Review: Sheffield United 1-2 Arsenal

Dani Ceballos’ dramatic late winner against Sheffield United saw Arsenal through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup where they will play current holders Manchester City at Wembley.

A Nicolas Pepe penalty, resulting from a foul on striker Alexandre Lacazette, saw Arsenal take the lead 25 minutes in, and despite an 87th-minute equaliser from David McGoldrick, the Gunners responded in excellent style to clinch the victory.

Whilst Mikel Arteta’s side had some chances of their own, especially in the first half, with a long-range effort from Pepe being saved by goalkeeper Dean Henderson and another from closer in just missing the far post, it was Sheffield United who posed more of a threat to the Arsenal goal than the Gunners did to theirs.

The Blades started the game strongly, having a goal disallowed for offside from a corner, however, Arsenal began to settle after Pepe found the back of the net.

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Although the North Londoners failed to take this performance into the second half, where they could consider themselves lucky they didn’t concede earlier.

An excellent delivery from defender Jack Robinson was headed wide from yards out by his defensive partner Chris Basham, who also gave away the penalty, and a strong save from Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez, just moments after the equaliser, prevented the Blades from a likely trip to Wembley.

Conceding a late goal that strips your side of a win will always be a psychological blow to any team, however, manager Mikel Arteta was happy with how the team responded to the setback. 

Arteta said: “I am very pleased with the result. This is a really difficult place to come and win and, after conceding so late, that reaction is not easy. We went for it again, we scored the goal and now we’re back at Wembley.”

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For Sheffield United, they are now winless in four games since the restart, however, Blades manager Chris Wilder took plenty of positives from the performance. Wilder said: “They had to defend for their lives at times.

“We were dominant in the second half but they have shown that bit of quality after giving the ball away cheaply. I am happy with what we showed but not with the result.”

Arsenal’s next fixture is their first game at the Emirates since the restart, having played all four games away from home, as they welcome Norwich City to North London. Sheffield United on the other hand, play host to Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs, where they will be hoping to move back into the Europa League spots.

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