REPORT: Sheffield United 0-6 Arsenal - Record Breaking Gunners Dismantle Hapless Blades

Arsenal produced an attacking masterclass at Bramall Lane on Monday night to go to within two points of leaders Liverpool. 

Five first half goals from Martin Odegaard, Jayden Bogle (OG), Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz and Declan Rice put Arsenal in cruise control, before Ben White added a sixth in the second half.

The win means Arsenal are the first side in Premier League history to have won three consecutive away games by five or more goals. 

Flying Start

Arsenal started the game on the front foot, as most fans would expect, and struck the bar through Bukayo Saka in the opening exchanges. This set the tone for the match.

Just five minutes in and The Gunners crisp and quick passing paid off. Some precise play around the box allowed Rice to break free on the left-hand side, where he was able to cut back to Odegaard to tuck away the opener. 

Arsenal looked in the mood for more, and just eight minutes later they doubled their lead. Saka isolated Auston Trusty in the left-back position and drove towards the by-line. His cross was powerful and was inadvertently deflected into the goal by Bogle. It seemed a case of how many even at this early stage.

Sure enough, the visitors added a third inside 15 minutes. This time Martinelli exchanged passes with Jakub Kiwior before hitting a deflected shot into the Sheffield United net, prompting some of the home fans to head for the exits.

Ten minutes later and it was four. Martinelli battled for possession on the left before prodding the ball towards the onrushing Havertz. The German took the ball in his stride before unleashing a fizzing shot into the far corner.

As the game edged towards the break, Arsenal had time to add one more. Saka collected the ball on the left, dropped his shoulder and cut the ball back to Rice, who finished with aplomb to make it 5-0 to the Arsenal. An outrageous half even by Arsenal's recent standards. 

White Gets In On The Act

Mikel Arteta took the opportunity to rest Saka for the second half, stating in his press conference that the England International felt ill. On came Fabio Vieira, as the visitors continued to dominate possession. 

Arsenal compounded Sheffield United's misery further just 13 minutes into the half. Jorginho floated a pass over to Havertz, who then found White on the edge of the box. His left-footed drive rifled in off the far post to once again get the travelling supporters off their feet. 

Arteta took the opportunity to rotate his squad, and there were welcome returns for both Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus for the last half an hour. The Gunners continued to probe and almost had a seventh, with Jesus being denied by a smart stop by Ivo Grbic. 

Despite the will of the Arsenal supporters, the visitors had to make do with six.

Back To The Emirates

Arsenal now welcome Brentford to The Emirates on Saturday, where they'll be looking to make it eight wins on the spin. 

A win will see Arsenal go to the top of the table with Liverpool not facing Manchester City until Sunday.

They may not be the title favourites right now, but Arsenal are making a strong case to be considered the most feared side in the league.