Sheffield United 0 Arsenal 3 - player ratings

Sheffield United suffered a meek defeat to a good Arsenal side at Bramall Lane.

CHANGE: Ben Osborn was moved to the tip of a midfield diamond in the second half

The Blades actually started reasonably well, but soon lost heart when they realised what they were up against, and the second half was far too easy for Mikel Arteta's men./

Chief football writer Stuart Rayner looks back at how the individuals performed.

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Aaron Ramsdale – got lucky with a clearance against Alexandre Lacazette and his save teed up Arsenal s second 6

Ethan Ampadu – gave away a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the area in the second half 6

John Egan – had a defiant volley at the end of the first half 6

Enda Stevens – started in a back three, finished wide of a back four 6

George Baldock – Arsenal had Granit Xhaka out of position at left-back but Baldock was never able to test him 6

John Lundstram – his poor pass set up the second goal 4

Oliver Norwood – worked hard, but did not play well 5

John Fleck – part of an anonymous midfield 5

Ben Osborn – better at left wing-back than in the hole, but the Blades' best player 7

David McGoldrick – had a couple of shots early in each half but both off target 6

Oli Burke – pressed energetically early on but it came to nothing 6

Substitutes:

Rhian Brewster (for Burke, 64) – had little effect, but any striker would have struggled 5

Oli McBurnie (for McGoldrick, 64) – went off injured after less than 20 minutes on 5

Lys Mousset (for McBurnie, 83) – had a late shot wide 6.

Not used: Lowe, Jagielka, Foderingham, Bogle, Bryan, Ndiaye.

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