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Arsenal players during the warm up before the Premier League match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane - LAURENCE GRIFFITHS /Pool via REUTERS 

Arsenal players during the warm up before the Premier League match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane – LAURENCE GRIFFITHS /Pool via REUTERS

06:04 PM

3 mins Sheffield United 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal with the first attack of the day, Martinelli drives down the middle before slipping Saka in. The Englishman shoots, but only leathers it over the bar.

06:03 PM

2 mins Sheffield United 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal setting up in a 4-3-3 with Granit Xhaka at left-back by the looks of things. Saka and Partey flanking Ceballos in midfield.

06:01 PM

KICK OFF

Alexandre Lacazette will get the ball rolling here in the final Premier League game of the day

05:55 PM

5 minutes until kickoff…

…and the teams are making their way out. Before we kick-off, the players will hold a two minute silence to honour the late Duke of Edinburgh

05:50 PM

The scene is set in South Yorkshire

05:36 PM

The latest pictures from Bramall Lane

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the match against Sheffield United - RUI VIEIRA /Pool via REUTERS Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the match against Sheffield United - RUI VIEIRA /Pool via REUTERS 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the match against Sheffield United – RUI VIEIRA /Pool via REUTERS

Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield Utd warms up before the match with Arsenal at Bramall Lane - Andrew Yates /SportimageAaron Ramsdale of Sheffield Utd warms up before the match with Arsenal at Bramall Lane - Andrew Yates /Sportimage

Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield Utd warms up before the match with Arsenal at Bramall Lane – Andrew Yates /Sportimage

05:12 PM

Three changes for Sheffield United

George Baldock has cleared concussion protocol after a head injury suffered last week against Leeds to start, while David McGoldrick and Oliver Burke start up top. Ethan Ampadu also comes in for Phil Jagielka.

05:05 PM

Martinelli starts for Arsenal

Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli comes into the Arsenal attack in place of the ill Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Callum Chambers has recovered from a knock to claim his place in the starting lineup. Pablo Mari will partner Rob Holding in the centre of defence.

04:59 PM

Good evening!

Sunday’s Premier League action wraps up at Bramall Lane as bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United host Arsenal.

The home side are dead and buried for the season as they are 18 points from safety with just eight games left and are looking ahead to life in the Championship next season.

Interim manager Paul Heckingbottom hopes to have Jayden Bogle and George Baldock available for this one. Both players suffered head injuries in the defeat at Leeds last weekend but could feature following concussion protocols.

Chris Basham, Billy Sharp, Sander Berge – with a hamstring problem – and Jack O’Connell – with a knee issue – remain out

The visitor’s season hasn’t been much better, as Mikel Arteta’s side are mired in mid-table mediocrity. They are currently in 11th place, eight points off the Europa League spots, and were torn apart in their last Premier League outing by Liverpool.

Martin Odegaard is expected to miss out again with an ankle injury while Callum Chambers is also a doubt. Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are confirmed absentees with knee injuries, while club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not expected to make the trip to South Yorkshire due to the flu.

There are multiple reports in today’s newspapers that Arteta is in danger of losing the confidence of the dressing room as he “refuses” to take responsibility for his side’s poor season, instead shifting the blame to his players. They suffered another damaging result on Thursday night, conceding a late, away-goal equaliser against Slavia Prague in their Europa League quarter-final first leg.

Sheffield United are unbeaten at home in the Premier League against Arsenal, winning last season’s match 1-0. However, the last three visitors to Bramall Lane from the capital have all won and Arsenal won the reverse fixture at home in October 2-1, thanks to two quick-fire goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicholas Pepe.

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