Pre-match reading

Related: Kia Joorabchian's growing influence sheds light on Arsenal's identity crisis | Nick Ames

Related: Mikel Arteta refuses to say Guendouzi will be at Arsenal next season

Sheffield United’s team is pretty much as expected. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is only on the bench for Arsenal, while Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil aren’t in the squad.

Sheffield United (3-5-2) Henderson; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, McBurnie.
Substitutes: Jagielka, Zivkovic, Mousset, Moore, K Freeman, L Freeman, Sharp, Osborn, Berge.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane. Two weeks ago, United would have been favourites for this game. But they have been surprisingly poor since lockdown and Arsenal, empowered by a good win at Southampton in the week, will fancy their chances of reaching their first semi-final of the post-Wenger era.

There’s approximately 0.00 per cent chance of United playing as poorly as they did at St James’ Park and Old Trafford, though, so this match is very hard to call. The two teams are separated by only one point in the league as well.

Continue reading...