SHEFFIELD UTD CLAIMS A STUNNING WIN OVER ARSENAL TO MOVE INTO THE TOP HALF OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE – Zampirampira.com – Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey,Tennis and sports in Malawi

SHEFFIELD UTD CLAIMS A STUNNING WIN OVER ARSENAL TO MOVE INTO THE TOP HALF OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE

SHEFFIELD UTD CLAIMS A STUNNING WIN OVER ARSENAL TO MOVE INTO THE TOP HALF OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE
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BY STEVEN WYSON

Lys Mousset marked his first start for the Blades with the decisive goal in the first half, turning in Jack O’Connell’s knockdown from close range.

Arsenal’s £72m signing Nicolas Pepe had earlier skewed a golden chance wide from six yards.

Granit Xhaka forced Dean Henderson into an excellent save but the Blades closed the game out superbly for a famous win.

The victory was Sheffield United’s biggest result since their return to the Premier League as they moved up to ninth, four points clear of the relegation zone.

Defeat for Arsenal, meanwhile, means they missed the chance to move back into the top four. They are fifth, two points behind Chelsea in fourth.

Sheffield United have certainly shown plenty of grit on their return to the Premier League and have been particularly impressive in not rolling over to sides in the top six.

They battled from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Chelsea in August before pushing Liverpool close at the end of last month, only to be undone by a single goal from a mistake by Henderson.

Against Arsenal they again took the game to their opponents from the outset. David McGoldrick’s technical ability combined with Mousset’s pace posed a troubling front line for the Arsenal defence.

Chris Wilder had challenged his new-look forward line to give the Blades the cutting edge they have lacked this season and Mousset did just that, making the most of being unmarked inside the box to sweep home.

From then on, it was all about the Sheffield United defence. The hosts, incredibly, have not lost a league game when leading at half-time since 2014 and they managed the remainder of the game superbly, with their back three of O’Connell, Chris Basham and John Egan forming a formidable barrier.

“I have so much respect for Sheffield United’s back three,” BBC Radio 5 live summariser Chris Sutton said. “They have come up through the leagues together, they are well oiled and well drilled.

“It is the best defence in the Premier League this season, along with Liverpool.”

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