Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Why Gunners Fans Are Angry With Arteta Despite Record-Breaking 6-0 Win

Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Why Gunners Fans Are Angry With Arteta Despite Record-Breaking 6-0 Win

Fred Kennedy
March 5, 2024 at 9:33 AM
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  • Arsenal hammered Sheffield United 6-0 on Monday night at Bramall Lane
  • However, a tactical move by Mikel Arteta left a section of supporters fuming
  • Arsenal's latest win has them sitting third with 61 points, two behind Liverpool

A section of Arsenal fans has expressed their displeasure with Mikel Arteta despite their record-breaking victory over Sheffield United.

The Gunners were in fine shape when they took on the Blades on Monday night at Bramall Lane.

The North Londoners recorded a resounding 6-0 win during the encounter to keep pace with their rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta looks on during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
Mikel Arteta looks on during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Ben White were all on target in yet another high-scoring away game for Arsenal.

So dominant were Arteta's men that they were leading 4-0 before the break as they went on to become the first side in Premier League history to win three consecutive away games by at least five goals, per SPORTbible.

Arteta's tactical change angers fans

With the Gunners enjoying a comfortable lead, Arteta elected to make five substitutions.

The Spaniard elected to sub on the likes of Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard, and Cedric Soares.

However, Emil Smith-Rowe was entirely overlooked, with the Englishman left warming the bench for the entirety of the match.

Arteta's decision not to bring on the midfielder sparked anger among Arsenal fans, with some openly calling out the Gunners boss.

@SinghAts pointed out:

"Smith Rowe paying the price for not tracking back v Newcastle."

@FPL_Duddy wondered:

"Game won at half time, on comes Vieira, Partey - EVEN Cedric?? But no Emile Smith Rowe. Is his time over with us?"

@mulindwasolomon noted:

"But also, why didn't @m8arteta bring on Smith-Rowe? What did this boy wrong Arteta? That was the perfect time to give him 30min of playing football. You need him to get his confidence back."

@GoonerMaddy concluded:

"Yesterday's Subs can be an insight into summer. Yes Jesus and Vieira need minutes. But looks like Nketiah, Reiss, Smith Rowe time is up."

Arsenal to have 19 days break

Sports Brief reported on Arsenal having a 19 day break before their match against Man City at the Etihad Stadium, a game that will have a say in the title race.

The FA Cup quarter-final forcing a postponement of their London derby against Chelsea in the weekend of March 16/17 will give them that much space, which could be vital or detrimental.

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