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Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Elneny, Saka, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Subs: Runarsson, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Xhaka, Pepe, Lacazette
Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Stevens, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, McGoldrick, Burke
Subs: Foderingham, Fleck, McBurnie, Sharp, Lowe, Ampadu, Norwood
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is expecting a tough test against Sheffield United in the Premier League despite their slow start to the season so far.
“The margins in the league of winning, drawing and losing are really small and the details are crucial, but they have generated big chances every game and they’ve been really unlucky in my opinion not to get anything out of those games,” he said.
“We have experience of playing against them both in the Premier League and in the FA Cup so we know how difficult it is to play against them.
“The season they had, the way they have evolved as a team since they joined the Premier League has been unbelievable, the work that the manager has done with the coaching staff with the resources they have is remarkable.
“We need to be really alert and we have to play at our best again.”
Arteta has also challenged his side to make the Emirates a place opposition teams do not envy visiting.
“We can create a fortress at the Emirates,” Arteta said. “It’s going to be crucial for the future results at the end of the season, not just for results but as well for the performance and what we can inspire, what we can transmit at home.
“We want to play with that confidence at home where we have to be really resilient and dominate games to impose ourselves in those games.
“I think the game on Sunday is a really difficult one. I watched Sheffield United’s games already and they deserved much more from those games. The way they played is tricky, so I’m expecting a really difficult game.”
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