Bottom of the table Sheffield United welcome an Arsenal side who haven’t won in a month to Bramall Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Blades are cut adrift at the foot of the standings, having amassed a lowly 14 points this season so far and remain a significant 15 points from safety with 8 games to play.
Sheffield United’s wretched form has seen them part company with Chris Wilder, who left his post as Blades boss last month after nearly 5 years at the helm.
Wilder’s departure from Bramall Lane was a messy one, with club owner Prince Abdullah coming out in the media to address his side of the story.
Regardless of the seemingly sour way things ended, Wilder deserves credit and respect for the job he did in charge of Sheffield United, a spell which yielded two promotions and a top-half Premier League finish.
Now though, the Yorkshire outfit are nailed-on to be playing Championship football again next term, just two seasons after their return to the top flight of English football following a 12 year absence.
In what has been a strange and distinctive season as clubs continue to wrestle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Arsenal too have had their fair share of concerns.
A proud and traditional club in the English game, and one of the most successful to boot, the Gunners have had an indifferent season by their usually high standards.
Some may even suggest that labelling their campaign as indifferent was generous, particularly considering the optimism and promise around the Emirates that emanated from their record 14th FA Cup win last season.
Arsenal are languishing in mid table, currently sitting 10th and with their concerning 12 defeats this season, they match the number of losses 16th placed Brighton have suffered this term.
Any real hope of European qualification faded long ago and should the Gunners fail to beat basement boys Sheffield United, serious questions may begin to be asked of manager Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard will have to cope without David Luiz and Kieran Tierney this weekend who are both ruled out with knee injuries.
Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard is also a major doubt for Arsenal with an ankle injury which kept him out of the midweek Europa League draw with Sparta Prague.
Sheffield United’s interim boss Paul Heckingbottom also has fitness concerns, something which has been a contributing factor to the Blades’ wretched campaign.
Sander Berge, Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson, Chris Basham and Billy Sharp are all missing, whilst George Baldock and Jack Robinson will both be put through fitness tests to determine their availability.
Sheffield United v Arsenal kicks off at 7pm on Sunday 11th April.