Arsenal manager Arteta: “We need to be really alert.”

The Gunners host the Blades at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as Mikel Arteta looks to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League. 

 Arteta looks to bounce back to winning ways [Getty]
Arteta looks to bounce back to winning ways [Getty]

Arsenal host Sheffield United at the Emirates on Sunday and manager Mikel Arteta is expecting a major challenge from the visitors.  The Blades have struggled to replicate the form they showed before the lockdown last term, however, Arteta says his Gunners must be alert as Chris Wilder’s side possess a lot of threat. "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 also praised the job Chris Wilder has done so far at Bramall Lane, noting that he became aware of his work when they were still a Championship side. "Incredible," he said. "I start to analyse his team two years to understand some of the things he was doing and I think him and the coaching staff have done a really, really good job.

"Not just for the way the play because it is a very clear style, but for the culture they have created around the club and this feeling that you can sense around the team and how they compete. I think it is remarkable what they have done.

"I was told by someone that we had to have a look at them, and I always like to see different trends, different ways of playing, formations, structures, patterns, and I was impressed with some of the things they were doing. It is always good to have this information."

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