Sheffield United 1-2 Arsenal post match analysis | Ceballos sends Aresenal to Wembley 🔥🔥

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Dani Ceballos' injury-time strike saw Arsenal squeeze past Sheffield United 2-1 in their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

Nicolas Pepe's first-half penalty appeared to have sent the visitors to Wembley, only for David McGoldrick to stab home an equaliser with just three minutes left to play.

However, with extra time seemingly beckoning, Ceballos found himself in the right place to finish off an Arsenal counter-attack with a neatly-taken goal that keeps his side's season alive.
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The Blades, though, have still to win since they returned to action three games ago and must now concentrate on trying to secure a place in Europe next season via their Premier League placing.

When you consider the players featuring in Arsenal’s defence, it was also strange to drop Rob Holding as was the team’s best defender in the 2-0 win at Southampton.


Just as baffling was the decision to play with a back three and use Ainsley Maitland-Niles as a wing-back, even though he has been exposed in that position and wants to play in midfield.

Arsenal avoided an early disaster when John Lundstram’s close-range shot in the eighth minute was ruled out for offside.

It was typical Arsenal defending as they failed to clear a simple corner and before VAR intervened, an unimpressed Sead Kolasinac exchanged words with David Luiz.

And despite rarely threatening, Lacazette was given a kick from behind by Chris Basham for the spot-kick and Pepe delivered a decent penalty into the corner.

There did not seem that much contact but it was enough for Lacazette to need treatment before limping back onto the pitch after Pepe’s strike. It was, though, a soft penalty.

United lost Lundstram just after the half hour after he landed badly following a tackle from Joe Willock. The Arsenal player then needed treatment after a nasty-looking clash of heads with Oli McBurnie

A £25m signing from Celtic, Tierney had been causing the home team all sorts of problems and it was from one of his crosses that Pepe steered the ball wide.

It took over 40 minutes for United to manage a shot on target but Ollie Norwood’s effort was straight at Emi Martinez

The injured Luiz was replaced by Holding 10 minutes into the second half but Arsenal still struggled with United’s physical presence.

Dean Henderson launched a huge clearance and it nearly embarrassed Martinez as the wind gave the ball wings and it bounced on the ground before over the bar.

John Egan thought he had levelled but the linesman's flag had been up for a couple of seconds as Arsenal looked to hang on.

But their defence was finally broken three minutes from time as David McGoldrick fired in a leveller.

Just as Arsenal looked to have blown their lead and place in the semi-final, Real Madrid loanee Ceballos popped up with a late winner.

The Spaniard picked up the ball, drove into the box and slotted past keeper Dean Henderson.

Mikel Arteta: "I am really pleased. It is a really tough place to come and we got the result we wanted. We fought right until the end and I really liked the attitude of the team.

"They are really good at what they do. They put you under pressure all the time with their direct play. They put you in trouble. We dealt with that really well but you know at some stage you are going to suffer. We did but the reaction straight away was really good."

Player ratings
Sheff Utd: Henderson (6), Basham (6), Egan (6), Robinson (8), Baldockn (6), Stevens (6), Fleck (6), Lundstram (7), Norwood (6), McBurnie (7), McGoldrick (8)

Subs: Freeman (6), Berge (6), Sharp (7)

Arsenal: Martinez (8), Tierney (9), Mustafi (8), Luiz (6), Maitland-Niles (7), Willock (6), Kolasinac (6), Xhaka (8), Lacazette (6), Pepe (7), Saka (6)

Subs: Sokratis (6), Holding (6), Ceballos (7), Nketiah (6)

Man of the match: Kieran Tierney

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