Ben White and Declan Rice celebrate another Arsenal goal at Sheffield United.

Arsenal player ratings vs Sheffield Utd: Havertz and Odegaard superb as Gunners run riot again

Arsenal’s record breaking start to 2024 continued as they smashed Sheffield United 6-0 at Bramall Lane to move back to within two points of leaders Liverpool.

The thumping victory saw Mikel Arteta’s side become the first side in English top flight history to score five or more goals in three successive away games, following on from the recent successes at West Ham and Burnley.

Martin Odegaard started off the rout before an own goal doubled Arsenal’s lead and Gabriel Martinelli added a third on 15 minutes. Kai Havertz then crashed home a fourth and Declan Rice rounded off a stunning first half when a fifth five minutes before the break.

The visitors eased off the gas after the interval, but Ben White did get himself on the scoresheet to stretch the advantage further, with the defender finishing well after some excellent play from Havertz.

Arsenal player ratings

David Raya: Could have pulled up a deckchair at times, but when he was called into action he did everything he needed to. 7

Ben White: His partnership with Saka down the right caused Sheffield United all sorts of problems in the first half. Kept going in the second and popped up with a superb finish to make it 6-0. 8

William Saliba: Cruised through the game. He can’t have had a higher starting position in any game this season. 7

Gabriel Magalhaes: Like Saliba, he played so high such was Arsenal’s dominance. Never had to get out of second gear. 7

Jakub Kiwior: Continued his good recent form and picked up an assist for Martinelli’s goal. 7

Jorginho: Just kept things ticking over in midfield while the madness unfolded around him. 7

Declan Rice: Another goal and another assist. He seems to be relishing playing in a slightly more advanced role with Jorginho behind him. 8

Martin Odegaard: Set the ball rolling with the early goal to make it 1-0. Sheffield United had no answer to his quality. Exceptional. 9

Bukayo Saka: Only on the pitch for 45 minutes, but he destroyed Sheffield United during that time. Two assists and was a constant threat. 8

Kai Havertz: Scored one and set up two. His finish to make it 4-0 was excellent, as was his assist for Ben White. His superb form continues. 9

Gabriel Martinelli: The one blot on Arsenal’s night was the worrying injury Martinelli suffered in the second half. He’d been excellent up to that point, scoring one and setting up another. 8

Substitutes

Fabio Vieira: Looked sharp having replaced Saka at half-time. Unlucky not to set up Martinelli for a goal. 7

Gabriel Jesus: Denied by a fine save as he looked to curl one into the far corner. 6

Thomas Partey: Great to see him back. Produced some typically excellent passes. 6

Cedric Soares: He will be happy to get some more minutes in the Premier League. N/A

Leandro Trossard: On the fringes of things having come on. N/A