Arsenal missed out on the chance to move up to third place in the Premier League as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Sheffield United on Monday. Unai Emery’s men entered the match unbeaten in eight matches, including five in the top flight, but came unstuck at Bramall Lane.
The only goal of the game was scored by Lys Mousset half an hour in, coming shortly after Nicolas Pepe had failed to round off a swift counter.
Arsenal had a strong penalty appeal turned down and ultimately could not find a way through, leaving them fifth in the table and winless in four league visits to this ground.
The visitors were punished for Pepe’s close-range miss by Mousset’s opener eight minutes later. Jack O’Connell headed down a corner into the six-yard box, where Mousset was waiting to pounce to double his tally for the season.
The visitors were further frustrated when Bukayo Saka was cautioned for simulation when he went down in the box, despite arguing that contact was made by Enda Stevens.
Granit Xhaka had a long-range drive pushed aside by Dean Henderson and the same player glanced over just before half-time. Pepe was also denied by Henderson from a free-kick and Sead Kolasinac headed over from a good position, but Arsenal were unable to find an equaliser on another day of frustration for Emery.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
SHEFFIELD UNITED (3-5-2): Henderson 7; Basham 6.5, Egan 7, O’Connell 7; Baldock 6.5, Norwood 7 (McBurnie 85), Lundstram 7, Fleck 7, Stevens 7.5; Mousset 7 (Sharp 55, 6.5), McGoldrick 7 (Freeman 78, 5)
Subs not used: Robinson, Jagielka, Moore, Besic
Goalscorers: Mousset 30
Booked: O’Connell, Fleck, McGoldrick, Henderson
Subs not used: Martinez, Tierney, Torreira, Holding
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Leno 5.5; Chambers 5.5, Sokratis 5, Luiz 5, Kolasinac 6; Xhaka 6 (Lacazette 69, 6), Guendouzi 6; Willock 5 (Ceballos 46, 6), Pepe 5 (Martinelli 78, 5), Saka 5; Aubameyang 5
Booked: Saka, Kolasinac, Sokratis
Referee: Mike Dean 7
Man of the Match: Enda Stevens