'Can tell it hurts him', 'No shortage of effort' - How Sheffield United's players rated in 3-0 defeat to Arsenal
Sheffield United endured another difficult night in a season to forget this evening as they lost 3-0 at home to Arsenal.
Here's how we rated Paul Heckingbottom’s players as they took another step towards relegation.
Aaron Ramsdale 5
Did well to race out and get to the ball ahead of Martinelli but then drilled a kick straight at Lacazette and was grateful to see the ball land in his grasp. Had no chance with Arsenal's first goal and got a good hand on the second, but Martinelli was following up to tap home.
Passed fit despite being withdrawn at Leeds last week with concussion symptoms and at least kept going until the final whistle. You can tell United's current predicament hurts him, as evidenced when he raced back almost the length of the pitch to cut out a dangerous Arsenal move
Ethan Ampadu 5
Recalled to the line-up after an impressive cameo at Elland Road and looked steady once again, with a good clearance denying Lacazette what would have probably been a third for the visitors. But the striker did get his second when an intelligent run across Ampadu saw him latch onto Partey's superb pass. Booked for a challenge on Nketiah that was about 10 minutes late
John Egan 5
Back in the side after his injury, Egan forced a first save of the game from Leno with a well-struck left-footed volley on the stroke of half-time. Brilliant ball to his Irish teammate Stevens set up a chance for Mousset, but the game had long gone by that point.
Enda Stevens 5
Rescued by the offside flag when he miscontrolled and threatened to let Pepe through on goal. Barely put a foot wrong defensively other than that, and should have had an assist when he cut back for Mousset late on
Ben Osborn 5
No shortage of effort once again from Osborn, who began at wing-back and ended in midfield, but it was always going to be a tough evening against a team of Arsenal's calibre
Ollie Norwood 5
Put his body on the line more than once in the first half to protect Ramsdale from long-range Arsenal efforts but couldn't help United dominate midfield up against some strong opposition
John Lundstram 4
Kept his place in the starting line-up despite his performance at Leeds last time out, and couldn't affect the game - at least until his sloppy pass gave away possession in the seconds before Arsenal's second goal
John Fleck 4.5
Not his night. Couldn't get involved in the game
David McGoldrick 5
Had United's first chance of the game as he looked to keep up his good record of scoring against Arsenal. Did well at the other end to block Martinelli's well-struck effort before making way just after the hour mark as United changed their front two
Oli Burke 4.5
Had a good chance to open up his legs in the second half as he raced past Chambers, but looked to leave the ball behind and allowed the Arsenal man to recover and clear. Replaced just after the hour
Oli McBurnie 5
Came on for McGoldrick and took a whack soon after, receiving treatment before making way for Lys Mousset
Rhian Brewster 5
Replaced Burke and worked tirelessly out of possession, but left feeding on scraps once again. Had one shot blocked from miles outside the box
Lys Mousset 4
Came on for McBurnie after he went off injured and had a good chance at 3-0, after Stevens cut it back to him