We’re again in Premier League motion tomorrow after an impromptu pause in proceedings, owing to the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Gunners journey throughout London to the Gtech Neighborhood Stadium to face ninth-placed Brentford, as we goal to retain our prime spot within the Premier League. This shall be solely the fourth assembly between the 2 sides in 75 years.
Brentford’s season to date
It took 74 years for Brentford to return to the highest flight of English soccer. Their debut season within the Premier League final yr impressed many as supervisor Thomas Frank led them to a snug thirteenth within the league desk.
The Bees have settled comparatively properly right into a usually troublesome second season, with their 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United being the spotlight to date.
In actual fact, the London aspect definitely have not struggled for objectives to date. Of their final league match, they put 5 previous Jesse Marsch’s Leeds, and have netted 15 total this time period – second solely to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis. On the different finish, goalkeeper David Raya has saved one clear sheet, towards Manchester United.
What the managers say
Arteta on Brentford: “I believe they’re a extremely good aspect. I believe what Thomas Frank and the employees have accomplished there through the years has been exceptional. The way in which they’ve carried out and the outcomes they obtained towards the highest golf equipment as properly, particularly at dwelling, simply units the tone for what will occur on Sunday. We’re very conscious of how troublesome it should be to beat them.
“The membership, the readability, the philosophy and the imaginative and prescient that they’d and the way they’ve executed it, how they’re always evolving… I believe they deserve numerous reward for what they’ve accomplished.” – read every word from Arteta’s press conference
Thomas Frank on us: “We’re enjoying towards an excellent aspect. After we beat them a yr in the past, I believe they weren’t in the identical place as they’re now. Doing it on Sunday can be utterly completely different as a result of for me, now, after Manchester Metropolis, they’re the very best performing workforce within the league.
“Perhaps, in spells, they have been the very best performing workforce over the primary six video games. I believe they have been exceptional, particularly the depth they play with. I keep in mind being sat there on the Friday night time for his or her opening sport of the season watching them towards Crystal Palace. I used to be considering, ‘What?! That is one other stage’. For the primary 20 minutes, Crystal Palace did not contact the ball. And I believed, ‘They might win the Premier League!'”
In his pre-match press convention, Arteta admitted that there have been a variety of damage doubts forward of Sunday. Alex Zinchenko was not picked for Ukraine’s upcoming worldwide break resulting from damage, and Emile Smith Rowe continues to battle with a groin drawback.
In the meantime, Thomas Partey educated this week after lacking our final three league video games resulting from damage. Skipper Martin Odegaard was additionally with the squad at London Colney, and Ben White was confirmed to be absolutely match by the boss. – more on injuries
Brentford goal man, Ivan Toney, is at present the fourth most prolific goalscorer within the league. His 5 objectives, together with a hat trick towards Leeds, lately earned him a name as much as Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Solely Metropolis’s Erling Haaland has extra objective involvements this season.
In league head-to-heads, we’ve got gained one and misplaced 5 of our final away video games at Brentford. Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of those matches occurred previous to 1948.
In 2018, we beat Brentford 3-1 at dwelling within the fourth spherical of the Carabao Cup. Danny Welbeck was on the scoresheet twice, together with Alexandre Lacazette.
David Coote has solely refereed 5 of our earlier fixtures.
Of these 5 Arsenal fixtures refereed by Coote, we’ve got gained two, drawn one and misplaced one.
- Referee: David Coote
- Assistant Referee 1: Nick Hopton
- Assistant Referee 2: Timothy Wooden
- Fourth Official: John Brooks
- Video Assistant Referee: Peter Bankes
- Extra Video Assistant Referee: Neil Davies
Final time round
Regardless of a radically completely different squad shedding away to the Bees in our first sport of final season, we sought our revenge within the dwelling fixture. Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka placed on a Hale Finish masterclass on the Emirates to present us the three factors.
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