Arsenal into semis
Sunday’s FA Cup action kicked off earlier today, as Arsenal travelled to Sheffield United.
Manchester United were the first side to book their spot in this season’s semi-finals, with a late Harry Maguire winner having seen the Red Devils advance past Norwich on Saturday.
And Mikel Arteta and co. were no doubt desperate to add their name into the hat today.
On season-long form, Arsenal didn’t look to stand much of a chance against Sheffield United.
However, the Blades have been far from their best since the campaign’s restart.
And the visitors at Bramall Lane would take full advantage of this on Sunday, with a Nicolas Pepe penalty opening the scoring inside 25 minutes.
Chris Wilder’s side would cause Arsenal a fair few problems from set-pieces throughout the tie, with David McGoldrick having equalised with just three minutes of normal time remaining.
However, in part due to some poor goalkeeping, Dani Ceballos would bag a winner for Arsenal 91 minutes in, sending them to Wembley.
Highlights: Sheffield United 1-Arsenal 2
Arteta on Pepe
Arguably Arsenal’s best performer at Bramall Lane was Nicolas Pepe.
The Ivorian hasn’t had the best time since his club-record move to Arsenal last summer.
But the winger has now managed to net eight and assist eight for the Gunners this term, a contribution only bettered by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 28, 2020
And after an impressive display on Sunday, Pepe has been singled out for special praise from Mikel Arteta.
Speaking in his post-Sheffield United presser, the Spaniard was asked if he is excited about what Pepe can bring to Arsenal next season and beyond.
And after assuring that he is very excited, Arteta went on to state that he believes Pepe is heading ‘in the right direction’:
“Very much. I am very excited about what he can bring and what he’s bringing to the team this season. I think he’s made a click. I think he realises what he needs to do when his team as well when we don’t have the ball.
“I’m so pleased today, if you see his defensive actions it’s incredible what he was doing and then with the ball he gives us that creativity. [He’s] a player that we need, and big teams need and it’s always unpredictable what can happen when he has the ball is at his feet. So I think [he is going] in the right direction.”
Quotes via football.london.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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