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ARSENAL are looking to continue their encouraging start to the season as they host Sheffield United.

And Mikel Arteta has sprung a few surprises in his selection with Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette both dropped.

  • Arsenal vs Sheffield United is live on Sky Sports Main Event.
  • Sky Sports subscribers will be able to live stream the match via the Sky Go website, or on the application for phones, computers and tablets.
  • Fans who do not have Sky Sports can watch the game with a Sky Sports day pass for £9.99 on NOW TV.
  • Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Elneny, Saka, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang
  • Sheff Utd XI: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Stevens, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, McGoldrick, Burke

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Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp pile the pressure on the Premier League over player welfare

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Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have joined forces in putting pressure on the Premier League to improve player welfare by reintroducing five substitutions this season – and lawmakers have given the proposal the green light.

The Manchester City and Liverpool managers led the charge on Friday for the rule to return, amid concern over mounting muscular injuries and discontent that English football has not followed Europe’s lead.

Top-flight clubs were able to use five substitutes during Project Restart but those outside the elite argued it offered an unfair advantage to larger squads.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have pressured the Premier League to improve player welfare

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have pressured the Premier League to improve player welfare

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have pressured the Premier League to improve player welfare

Sportsmail understands one vote conducted among the 20 Premier League sides on August 6 was defeated 11 to nine. Another in early September saw the proposal lose to an even larger majority.

But members of the Big Six are pushing for a third vote to take place and need 14 clubs to agree for the motion to pass.

The game’s lawmakers IFAB (International Football Association Board) have confirmed to Sportsmail that they would not block any mid-season U-turn, paving the way for clubs to discuss the issue at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting.

Manchester City boss Guardiola (above) helped lead the charge to reinstate the five subs rule

Manchester City boss Guardiola (above) helped lead the charge to reinstate the five subs rule

Manchester City boss Guardiola (above) helped lead the charge to reinstate the five subs rule

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have also spoken of their frustration at the three substitutes rule this week.

Sportsmail revealed how West Ham’s Michail Antonio is facing several weeks on the sidelines because of a hamstring tear. Antonio is the latest to suffer a soft tissue injury and Guardiola has criticised club hierarchies for a failure to protect their players.

‘It’s about protecting all Premier League players and the statistics speak for themselves – almost 50 per cent more muscular injuries than last season,’ said Guardiola.

‘Why? Because the players play and recover from the previous game but maybe not from the previous season.

Clubs were able to use five substitutes during Project Restart before the rule was removed

Clubs were able to use five substitutes during Project Restart before the rule was removed

Clubs were able to use five substitutes during Project Restart before the rule was removed

Michail Antonio faces several weeks on the sidelines due to a hamstring tear as injuries pile up

Michail Antonio faces several weeks on the sidelines due to a hamstring tear as injuries pile up

Michail Antonio faces several weeks on the sidelines due to a hamstring tear as injuries pile up

‘It has to be the managers or the association of the football players (the PFA) to decide whether it’s three or five substitutions.

‘Why all around the world is it happening but here, which is more demanding for many reasons, we cannot protect the players?’

Klopp, whose champions face West Ham at Anfield on Saturday evening without Fabinho after he suffered a hamstring injury during the midweek win over Midtjylland, questioned the Premier League’s resolve over the summer.

‘I don’t think change is possible because of the system,’ said Klopp. ‘It doesn’t help obviously when Chelsea have injuries and City and Liverpool and United and Tottenham and Arsenal and Leicester, because that is not enough votes for the rest. That is the system.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also spoken about his frustration at the three substitutes measure

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also spoken about his frustration at the three substitutes measure

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also spoken about his frustration at the three substitutes measure 

‘I thought it should have been in in the first place. For me it is a lack of leadership just to put the question on the table and say “So what do you want?”

‘None of the top seven clubs asked for any advantage. Because we knew our schedule, we knew it would be incredibly difficult.’

United boss Solskjaer said: ‘If you think about these footballers and their mental and physical health, the only sensible solution would have been to give us the opportunity to rest a few more players.’ 

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SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: England need to put on a show against Italy in their Six Nations showdown

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It’s a year since England flopped in the World Cup final against South Africa. After a blow like that, you want to respond with something special but the truth is that fans are still waiting for a performance to banish those painful memories.

Following our disappointments at the 1999 World Cup we responded with a strong Six Nations title and a phenomenal win against the Springboks at Bloemfontein in the summer of 2000. That was the first step to winning the 2003 World Cup.

The pandemic has made this a disjointed season but it’s time for a new surge of energy and optimism and for the comparatively new kids on the block to pressurise those in possession. England need to reboot and go again.

A year has passed since England were losers in the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa

A year has passed since England were losers in the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa

A year has passed since England were losers in the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa

Even before lockdown their Six Nations campaign was patchy to say the least. They were poor for most of the game against France in Paris, although a couple of moments of Jonny May brilliance gave the scoreline a veneer of respectability. In very windy conditions the game in Scotland was no thing of beauty.

Victory over Ireland was workmanlike and definitely hinted at better things but that 33-30 win over Wales flattered to deceive. There were some good moments and decent tries but it was also very untidy at times and far from convincing.

So the priority today in Rome is to produce a high-quality performance. It might bring a Six Nations title but frankly I am not overly bothered with that.

It has been the strangest of years and I am still not sure if England should even be flying to Rome this weekend and Ireland venturing into a locked down Paris. Objectively, the situation involving travelling to games overseas is worse now than it was back in March.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs is one player who needs to be careful in the Six Nations against Italy

Scrum-half Ben Youngs is one player who needs to be careful in the Six Nations against Italy

Scrum-half Ben Youngs is one player who needs to be careful in the Six Nations against Italy

It still has that surreal feel. The Autumn Nations Cup with everybody based in Britain and Ireland in their bubbles feels safer but rugby continues to tread a tightrope — as sport does in general.

What I badly want to see today is England upping the tempo and playing at a pace Italy can’t match. Looking to the future I want them playing at a pace that nobody can match. I frequently wish for this but rarely do I see it with England. Ireland away last year was a big exception and that World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand. Those performances must become the norm.

All of which will place certain individuals in the limelight. The England pack these days is really mobile and capable of playing at great tempo. The promotion of the athletic Jonny Hill at second row won’t slow them down.

Billy Vunipola must buy into that. Vunipola is as strong as an ox and is a good enough player at No 8 to slow the game down to his pace, but does he benefit England going forward?

It will make no difference against Italy. England will beat them comfortably whatever game-plan they adopt, but can Billy adapt to what is required in future games? Vunipola enjoyed a long run for England in 2019 — Eddie played him in every World Cup warm-up — but I rarely felt he was at his best. He wasn’t the overwhelming physical presence of before.

He can get fitter, and to a certain extent faster, but he will never change his basic physical capabilities that much.

What he can do is employ his excellent skills more. For a big man he has great handling and good vision. He needs to bring those assets into play more. His contribution to a faster game would be as a brilliant linkman, keeping the ball moving quickly, with clever offloads and the like.

If not, it is surely time that the European player of the year Sam Simmonds be introduced to the squad to add that pace off the base of the scrum. Ben Earl, who has a sidestep to kill for, could also come in.

Meanwhile, centurion Ben Youngs at scrum-half is another player who must take up the challenge. Youngs has been a great warrior for England over a decade or more and it will be a special moment for him and his family today.

With Dan Robson snapping at his heels for selection I want to see the razor-sharp Youngs who used to make searing breaks and take tap-and-go penalties without a second thought. Let’s see that quick delivery and don’t employ the box-kick which slows everything down and gifts the ball to the opposition.

Youngs needs to again become the type of scrum-half who is a complete nightmare to play against, as Robson is right now. Owen Farrell has played little big-time rugby in the last 12 months — apart from the Six Nations — so it’s an important game for the England skipper as well. He is back at No 10, which is his best position, and he needs to get off to a strong start.

He must, however, be careful in the tackle. The world is watching.

He hasn’t played a game in anger since he was rightly red-carded in the Premiership against Wasps early last month, and the temptation when you come back after a long break is to run around like a headless chicken in the early exchanges.

He needs to stay calm and let his abundant ability do the talking. Don’t invite another controversy. Another bad tackle and red card now would begin to seriously blight his career. 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shake-up has revived Manchester United after the heavy loss to Tottenham

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In the aftermath of his team’s capitulation to Tottenham earlier this month, it was hardly surprising that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided changes were needed at Manchester United.

There was no shouting or screaming at the end of his worst day in football, a record-equalling 6-1 Premier League defeat at Old Trafford. Just a quiet realisation that there had to be a shake-up of formations and personnel.

Change was being forced on the United manager anyway. The unique demands of the 2020-21 season mean that Solskjaer could no longer lean so heavily on the same players and systems when the games come thick and fast.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's shake-up has helped Manchester United revive their ailing season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's shake-up has helped Manchester United revive their ailing season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shake-up has helped Manchester United revive their ailing season

But he also realised it was time to be more flexible with his favoured formation and established first XI.

Aside from Eric Bailly, filling in for Victor Lindelof, the team thrashed by Spurs was the same go-to line-up that Solskjaer started in five of the nine league games after restart. In the other four fixtures, changes were kept to a minimum.

Paul Scholes said this week that the Tottenham game would have frightened the life out of his old teammate and he was probably right.

United suffered a heavy home defeat to Tottenham but have since pieced together a good run

United suffered a heavy home defeat to Tottenham but have since pieced together a good run

United suffered a heavy home defeat to Tottenham but have since pieced together a good run

‘I think any result as brutal as a 6-1 would have to get a response,’ Solskjaer acknowledged on Friday.

‘Of course, it has been dealt with internally. We’ve tweaked a couple of things, we’ve got players fit and I think the manner of that defeat wasn’t something we should ever have to be confronted with again.

‘Things happen in football these days but the response has been fantastic. That’s what I’m concerned about, because we wanted to finish that off as soon as we could and just move forward.’

That response has brought wins over Newcastle, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig – scoring 11 goals in the process – as well as last weekend’s stalemate with Chelsea.

The response from the team has brought recent wins over Newcastle, PSG and now RB Leipzig

The response from the team has brought recent wins over Newcastle, PSG and now RB Leipzig

The response from the team has brought recent wins over Newcastle, PSG and now RB Leipzig

From going into the international break after the Tottenham debacle looking rather vulnerable, Solskjaer has come through a tough run of games in much better health ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal at Old Trafford.

There is still some way to go. United occupy 15th place in the early-season standings having failed to win any of their opening three league games at home for the first time in 38 years.

But it feels as though Solskjaer has significantly more strings to his bow as he marks his 100th game in charge. 

More often than not, you used to be able to predict the formation and line-up. Now it’s much harder to say which United will show up.

Solskjaer will mark his 100th game in charge at Old Trafford and has more strings to his bow

Solskjaer will mark his 100th game in charge at Old Trafford and has more strings to his bow

Solskjaer will mark his 100th game in charge at Old Trafford and has more strings to his bow

On Wednesday night, Donny van de Beek impressed at the top of a midfield diamond against Leipzig with Paul Pogba more comfortable pushing forward on the left. A week earlier, Solskjaer dropped Axel Tuanzebe into a back-three and gave Alex Telles his debut as a left wing-back in Paris.

He stuck to his favourite 4-2-3-1 against Newcastle and Chelsea, but there are no guarantees he will do so again on Sunday. There are multiple options in defence and midfield, and Edinson Cavani now offers a different kind of threat in attack.

‘At the moment, we are looking like a Man United squad,’ said Solskjaer. ‘I’ve got opportunities and competition for places. Any successful team in the modern era have had that option to rest players, to rotate, and that is probably the only way you can last in the most intense league in the world.’

United versus Arsenal has always been intense but Solskjaer accepts it will feel different this weekend, the more so at an empty Old Trafford.

The days epitomised by Sir Alex Ferguson’s feud with Arsene Wenger, Roy Keane’s running battles with Patrick Vieira and flying pizza are sadly no more. ‘When I played, it was between us and Arsenal to win the league so that was a very fierce rivalry,’ added Solskjaer.

The United boss accepts the clash with Arsenal will take on a strange feel at an empty ground

The United boss accepts the clash with Arsenal will take on a strange feel at an empty ground

The United boss accepts the clash with Arsenal will take on a strange feel at an empty ground

‘There are all sorts of stories about what happened. That’s the passion, the excitement, the importance of those games.

‘We knew if we took six points off them that would be us winning the league, more or less, and vice versa.

‘Arsenal is always going to be difficult because they are a very good team with a very good manager who has got some great ideas on how football should be played.

‘I’m surprised it’s 100 games. Let’s hope I can celebrate with a good performance and result.’

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