Five talking points as Arsenal edge out Sheffield United

Two goals in the space of four minutes sealed Arsenal's win in north London as they heaped further misery on Sheffield United.

Bukayo Saka opened the scoring on the hour mark as he finished off a smart move before Nicolas Pepe doubled the hosts' lead shortly after with a neat finish.

David McGoldrick scored an impressive consolation late on but the result was Arsenal's third win in four Premier League games as they kept the Blades pointless.

The visitors have now lost their last seven league outings in a woeful run that stretches back to last season.

They can feel aggrieved that an early refereeing decision didn't go their way, but they offered little throughout the contest.

New signing Rhian Brewster wasn't added in time to play at the Emirates and Chris Wilder will desperately hope he hit the ground running.

Arteta though will be pleased with his side's work after a slow start.

Here are five talking points from a comfortable Arsenal win in the capital. ..

1. Saka's sensational week

The young Arsenal man was included in Gareth Southgate's England squad and he rounded off another brilliant week with the opening goal at the Emirates.

His versatility continues to be his greatest asset and his influence in Arteta's Arsenal side continues to grow.

The Three Lions boss has too noted his ability to play in a variety of positions as a major plus.

Saka revealed before the game that he was in a daze in the moments after he found out about his first call-up.

Should he continue like this an England role may become something of a regularity.

2. Goals not enough for Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette became the first Arsenal player for six years to score in the first three Premier League games of the season on Monday night.

But his strike at Anfield wasn't enough to warrant him a starting berth at the Emirates this afternoon.

Yes the Frenchman did miss a guilt-edge chance to equalise on Merseyside, but his general play was very positive.

Arteta though is seemingly committed to giving Eddie Nketiah sufficient opportunities and that means Lacazette will have to make way on occasion.

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3. VAR and official inconsistencies

If you're Wilder, Oliver Burke, John Egan or anyone connected with Sheffield United you'd have been tearing your hair out within five minutes.

The Blades saw their defender sent off a fortnight ago against Aston Villa when Egan was adjudged to have pulled back Ollie Watkins in a game they ended up losing 1-0.

So when Burke was being pulled back by David Luiz as he chased down a goal scoring opportunity surely the red would've been brandished? Think again.

VAR did little to help the situation and a lack of refereeing consistency was again on the agenda.

4. No winning habits

The Blades' struggles this term have been well documented and while they enjoyed an excellent season last term its not as if they have a wealth of experience to draw from.

Wilder started with McGoldrick and Burke in attack in north London.

McGoldrick scored just his third Premier League goal since the start of last season.

Burke meanwhile, who has played in the top flight with West Brom, has never won a Premier League game.

Its no surprise that those who know how to avoid the drop are often called upon, because nothing top experience.

Too early to mention another case of second season syndrome?

5. Slow burner

Arsenal have impressed in patches this season, the same can't be said for Sheffield United however.

But neither started the contest with their A game at the Emirates.

Nketiah had the game's first attempt in the 28th minute when he looped a header in the direction of the Blades goal.

It was the longest wait for a shot, or something similar, in a Premier League match since Southampton vs Crystal Palace in December 2019.

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