Sheffield United vs Arsenal: A look back at their memorable Cup clashes
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On Sunday, Sheffield United will take on Arsenal in the quarter final of the FA Cup at Bramall Lane behind closed doors.

It will be a intriguing game as both teams have failed to really get going following the break in the Premier League season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the past the two sides have played two very memorable cup ties, both memorable but for very different reasons.

  • Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United 13/2/1999

Going into this FA Cup fifth round tie Arsenal were the clear favourites going into the game, with Sheffield United, managed by Steve Bruce were the plucky underdogs who sat a division below the Gunners

Marcelo, put the Blades in front of the Highbury crowd and were threatening a cup upset but Patrick Viera cancelled out the goal to get Arsenal back on level terms.

Then a incident occured that would go down in football history.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Alan Kelly put the ball out of play as Blades player Lee Morris could get treatment after going down injured.

Ray Palour had the ball in his hands and seemed to throw the ball back to Alan Kelly to show good sportsmanship but Nwankwo Kanu, who was just ten minutes into his Arsenal debut, ran onto the ball, with the Sheffield United players stationary, squared the ball to Marc Overmars who scored.

Naturally, the Sheffield United players were outraged by the incident.

Sheffield United players surronded the referee as 'Shame on the Arsenal' chants were sung by the away fans as Kanu and Overmars celebrated.

Steve Bruce wanted his side to go back into the changing rooms as a sign of the unsportsmanlike behaviour Arsenal had showed in that moment. The game restarted after eight minutes but the game finished 2-1.

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However following the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he wanted to replay the game as he did not want to cheat. Sheffield United accepted the offer and the Football Association allowed the match to be replayed.

Arsenal won the replay ten days 2-1 aswell due to goals from Overmars and Dennis Bergkamp.

Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield United: 13/4/2003

This game will go down in history for 'that' David Seaman save, arguably the greatest save in Football history.

Sheffield United came up against Arsenal in the FA Cup once again, this time a semi final, taking place at Old Trafford.

The Blades were in the Championship whilst Arsenal were battling it out with Manchester United for the Premier League trophy. 

Freddie Ljunberg was the match winner with his first half stike being the only goal of the game.

However referee Graham Poll was the villain in Sheffield United's eyes after he inadvertenly blocked Michael Tongue from receiving a loose ball in the build up to the goal.

In his 1000th senior appearance, David Seaman was the hero for Arsenal for his simply outrageous save prevented Sheffield United subsititute Paul Peschisolido's header. 

It seemed an open goal for the Canadian but Seaman managed to get across the goal and showing stunning reflexes managed to claw the ball off the line.

Arsenal went onto to win the FA Cup that season defeating Southamption 1-0 in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

  • Another cup classic on the horizon?

Both teams going into the clash on Sunday are not in the best of forms, with them picking up a combined four points out of a possible eighteen avaliable.

The behind closed doors will play a factor with both teams needing to adapt to their new surrondings.

The Blades have picked up four points in the League against Arsenal, with a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane and a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The team that comes out top in this encounter may be able to use it as a catalyst for a late European charge as well as having a real chance of picking up some silverware this season.

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