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Half-time pleasure: this factor of ours, what a factor it’s.

Half-time: Brentford 0-2 Arsenal

The largest praise I may give Arsenal is that they’ve been competent. Brentford have been weak.

45 min There’ll be two added minutes; I’ve not a clue the way you deduce that when there’ve been two objectives and one interval of prolonged remedy.

44 min Brentford are going to get a correct going-over off Thomas Frank at half-time. I can solely think about how exhausting it have to be to not crease in that circumstance.

🗣️ “The best way we completely destroyed Man United first half could be very very spectacular.”

Thomas Frank didn’t maintain again when giving his ideas on final nights 3-1 defeat to #MUFC. 😅 pic.twitter.com/8GFmVz04Yy

— Sky Sports activities Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 20, 2022

43 min Arsenal knock it about some extra – that is far too straightforward for them – and when Tierney is giving time on the ball, he has a glance then hammer a shot over the bar.

41 min Saka, who’s been quiet to this point, burrows infield off the correct and creates a taking pictures lane, then drills into Mee.

40 min I say inexplicably, not as a result of Arsenal aren’t a think about that, they’re, however as a result of the dearth of depth and conviction, from the off, is completely on the house aspect.

39 min There’s not a lot occurring right here, and the house crowd have gotten irate. Rightly so, too – their staff have been inexplicably abject.

37 min Mbuemo wins a nook off a disgruntled Gabriel … and once more, Brentford waste it. However they do preserve some strain, aided by Jesus who tries a chapeau and loses possession to Jensen down the correct. However once more, the cross is poor.

36 min I’m wondering if Frank may contemplate a change of system. I nonetheless assume the 5-3-2 is an honest approach of enjoying in opposition to Arsenal, however he must do one thing to get his staff going.

34 min Mbuemo finds house down the correct, just for Martinelli to crunch him. This isn’t in any respect shut, however for so long as Brentford have earlier than Arsenal rating once more, there’s the potential for it to turn into so.

32 min Brentford have been so disappointing so far, and as a substitute of sticking it within the mixah, they go quick, solely to see Jesus win the ball earlier than they will change the angle. Foolish behaviour.

32 min Brentford win a few throws deep contained in the Arsenal half, changing the second of them right into a nook…

30 min This has been a extremely managed efficiency from Arsenal to this point which, in a approach, has been extra telling than a classic one. A staff with as many good gamers as they’ve will generally play effectively, however the potential to show what appears to be like like a difficult match right into a cruise evidences a aspect that is aware of precisely what it’s doing.

GOAL! Brentford 0-2 Arsenal (Jesus 27)

And there’s it! Arsenal transfer it from proper to left, Tierney clips again to Xhaka, and his ball in is a advantageous one, dinked excessive for Jesus, alone within the centre. He’s nonetheless bought work to do – there’s not a lot motion on the supply, to he wants to essentially flex his neck to punish a header into the highest nook, however he does it with all the convenience you’d count on of a high quality participant on a buzz. Brentford, although, defended that state of affairs very poorly certainly.

Jesus finishes with a powerful header.
Jesus finishes with a strong header. {Photograph}: Michael Zemanek/REX/Shutterstock
Reverse view of Jesus header.
Reverse view of Jesus header. {Photograph}: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Photographs
Jesus celebrates with Saka.
Jesus celebrates with Saka. {Photograph}: David Worth/Arsenal FC/Getty Photographs

27 min Arsenal knock it about some extra, and this match has that first rate aspect v critical aspect look; Brentford aren’t capable of threaten, and I’d count on one other objective for the guests earlier than half-time.

25 min “It’s actually complicated you speaking about Wenger techniques with Henry and Vieira on the pitch,” emails Mark Hooper. “I believed I’d tuned into the Nineties.”

If solely. I want it was the 90s, I want we might be completely satisfied, I want, I want, I want that nothing would occur, as Thom Yorke didn’t sing.

24 min The Brentford followers are booing Thomas Partey each time he will get the ball.

23 min Mbeumo makes an honest run within the inside-right channel, however his sq. cross to Toney is underhit. That’s a waste, as a result of the pair of them had a lot house through which to work.

21 min Gabriel is down having a knee-rub, and he appears to be like in a little bit of ache. He did, we’re proven, pull up within the warm-up, and although I believe he’ll proceed in the meanwhile, I’m not sure he’ll play the 90 as we speak.

20 min Brenford, in the meantime, can be dissatisfied to have conceded that objective – stick to me for additional perception – the fourth header they’ve let on this season. They too are are an enormous aspect, and so they didn’t make Arsenal work exhausting sufficient to attain.

19 min Arsenal are a reasonably bodily aspect today – one of many causes issues petered out underneath Wenger is that he deviated from his concept that soccer groups want huge lads who run quick – and free objectives like that one are a fringe advantage of Arteta reintroducing that coverage.

GOAL! Brentford 0-1 Arsenal (Saliba 17)

Are you watching Steve Bould? Saka’s supply is superb, Saliba wins the flick-on on the close to put up, forward of Toney who’s not enjoying correct consideration, and the ball flies in, Raya’s determined claw unable to pull it away from the road. A fast verify, and ref alerts the objective.

Saliba looks on as his header crosses the line.
Saliba appears to be like on as his header crosses the road. {Photograph}: Andrew Boyers/Motion Photographs/Reuters
Saliba celebrates after scoring.
Saliba celebrates after scoring. {Photograph}: David Cliff/AP

16 min Arsenal win a nook…

15 min Bites Yer Neck carries the ball ahead and finds Dasilva, however his cross is headed clear and when Arsenal counter, Toney costs again and places it into contact.That’s nice work.

13 min Massive cheers because the ball goes proper to Vieira and Mee hammers via ball and man in a traditional vignette of “this league” motion – to the previous’s consternation. I’m choking up right here.

Vieira is tackled by Mee.
Vieira is tackled by Mee. {Photograph}: David Cliff/AP

12 min …which Brentford clear simply sufficient.

11 min Jesus pulling left has been a characteristic of Arsenal’s play to this point this season, and the triangle he kinds with Zinchenko and Martinelli is reminiscent, in a small approach, of that made by Cole, Pires and Henry. However when it occurs, they often lack a presence within the center, so Vieira might want to compensate. Within the meantime, although, Mee fouls Jesus on the correct, so right here comes the resultant free-kick…

Jesus in action.
Jesus in motion. {Photograph}: Andrew Boyers/Motion Photographs/Reuters

9 min Extra Arsenal possession, Jesus pulling left to make an angle down the road. However Tierney’s cross can’t discover him, Brentford’s blanket defence making it exhausting for them to seek out house.

7 min Arsenal knock it about however Brentford have everybody again – which, mockingly, jogs my memory of an Arsenal tactic underneath Arsene Wenger, once they’d defend corners with all 11 males in order that once they countered, nobody was marked and opposing defences needed to take care of shifting targets.

6 min Jesus roves left and collects a easy ball excessive. However he can’t cross to himself, so when the ball is available in, Brentford get it away. Already, there’s a extremely good tempo to this recreation.

5 min And once more! Henry leaves White trailing and this time, Mbuemo meets his crazy cross, however can’t get a lot on it and once more Ramsdale collects.

5 min There we go, Henry attacking the house in behind White and getting clear, however his cross, looking for Mbuemo, is overhit.

4 min …which Jansson spreads left to Henry. His cross is an honest one too, however nobody gambles and assaults the entrance put up, so Ramsdale gathers simply.

3 min Brentford win a free-kick 30 yards out, simply left of centre…

2 min Very good from Arsenal, Saliba driving a low cross into Martinelli, whose first contact is good, glancing a cross off to Xhaka, down the left aspect of the field. It appears to be like quite a bit like 0-1, however as a substitute of taking pictures, he cuts again a return, and simply as he’s about to shoot, Martinelli slips, permitting Raya to avoid wasting simply. Nonetheless, that’s a warning for the house aspect.

Martinelli shoots at goal.
Martinelli shoots at objective. {Photograph}: Andrew Boyers/Motion Photographs/Reuters

1 min Arsenal return to Ramsdale, who drills ahead and units them on the assault. His vary of passing is superb, however I do nonetheless have doubts about his precise goalkeeping – although at 24, he’s bought loads of time to enhance it.

1 min Peeeeep! Away we go!

A minute’s silence for the Queen, adopted by the nationwide anthem.

Right here come the groups, led out by managers carrying wreaths.

And the way nice it’s to see the away followers standing, formally.

If Brentford win this, they go ninth; if Arsenal win this, they go high.

E-mail! “One of many many doubts, worries and basic angsty preoccupations of the Arsenal fan is the state of Thomas Partey’s legs,” says Charles Antaki. “Are they totally purposeful, and in that case for the way lengthy? What occurs when he can’t play, and also you don’t have someone who can boss the ball, obtain and switch, drive on and threaten? Lokonga appears to be like a advantageous prospect for the middling future, however it’s all in regards to the current, ins’t it? And particularly not getting accomplished by the Brentford midfield.”

Sure, agree. When Arsenal had been getting grief final season, the affect of his absence wasn’t, for my part, totally factored in. I can’t wait to see him blaze over a succession of shot from 18-25 yards.

Arsenal are warming up of their Jamaican-flag tops. They are surely an distinctive leisurewear model – 10 minutes at Carnival informed me that whoever got here up with this one knew precisely what they had been doing.

arsenal training
{Photograph}: Nigel Keene/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

Arteta, carrying a v-neck faculty jumper with tie beneath, Rangers-style, tells us that Zinchenko and Odegaard are injured, and that Nwanieri is enjoying as a result of ‘“We’re fairly quick”. Typically, the hilarious gags write themselves.

Frank, in the meantime, confirms that he needs his staff to be courageous and aggressive, and that they need to flip the Neighborhood Stadium in “a fortress”. He is aware of Arsenal are good, and laughs that even earlier than his England call-up, Ivan Toney was not missing confidence.

Again to Ethan Nwaneri, I didn’t realise that he’s 15. 15! Oof madone! What occurred to two-litre bottles of Strongbow in parks and on buses?

{Photograph}: HBO/Allstar

Arsenal, in the meantime, can be wanting, I think about, to get down the outsides of Brentford’s exterior centre-backs, with the full-backs excessive and vast to maintain the width. I’m certain they’ll miss Odegaard, whose potential to choose little passes into toes is so necessary for them, however Jesus’ potential to occupy a complete defence will give Vieira an honest goal.

The extra I give it some thought, the extra this recreation can be determined by how effectively – or not – Gabriel and Saliba deal with Toney and Mbuemo. The 5-3-2 makes plenty of sense in that context, as a result of whereas Arsenal are enhancing, I’m nonetheless not bought on their again 4, and I daresay Brentford may also need to take a look at Ben White, out of place at right-back.

Er, Google have Pontus Janssen enjoying on the correct of midfield in a 4-3-3. I’ll take the L if that seems to be so, however I can’t fully see it.

Is Aaron Hickey’s nickname “Bites yer neck”? Sorry.

It is a London derby, so right here’s a London anecdote: I used to be in a Soho hostelry final night, and was approached by two Welsh ladies, questioning if I used to be native. They’d anticipated such institutions to be populated solely by vacationers, so had been excited to satisfy somebody from the world; the movie rights have already been optioned.

If Nwaneri makes his debut earlier than September 14th 2023 then he’ll break Fabregas’ file as Arsenal’s youngest ever participant.

— Jeorge Chicken (@jeorgebird) September 18, 2022

As for Arsenal, there’s excellent news and unhealthy information. We knew that Oleksandr Zinchenko would miss out – Kieran Tierney is an honest various – however Martin Odegaard can also be absent, and he’s an enormous loss. Nonetheless, Thomas Partey begins his newest comeback, changing Sambi Lokonga, and I’m actually wanting ahead to getting a have a look at Fabio Vieira, who regarded good when he got here on at Outdated Trafford and appears to have loads of potential.

There’s a good bit to go on right here. Brentford, who had been so spectacular in gubbing Leeds final trip, change from 4-3-3 to 5-3-2, bringing in Kristoffer Ajer and Josh Dasilva for Shandon Baptiste and Keane Lewis-Potter, the Premier League’s first participant to have three surnames. Their potential to change formations on this approach – additionally they performed 5-3-2 in opposition to Manchester United – is a tribute each to Thomas Frank’s teaching and the intelligence of their gamers, and the competition between their entrance two and Arsenal’s centre-backs may effectively maintain the important thing to this recreation.


Brentford (a progressive 5-3-2): Raya; Hickey, Jansson, Ajer, Mee, Henry; Janelt, Jensen, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Toney. Subs: Canos, Wissa, Zanka, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Strakosha, Damsgaard, Baptiste, Roerslev.

Arsenal (a non-negotiable 4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka, Vieira; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus. Subs: Turner, Nketiah, Holding, Tomiyasu, Lokonga, Marquinhos, Smith, Nwaneri, Lino Sousa.

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)


Recency bias is a tedious factor, however please bear with me once I say that: within the 40 years I’ve been watching soccer and “this league” particularly, the usual of leisure has by no means been as excessive as it’s this season. I’m undecided there’s any time up to now that I may have a look at fixture corresponding to ours this afternoon and be completely sure that we’re going to see a high quality recreation of soccer, however taking a look at our fixture this afternoon, I’m completely sure that we’re going to see a high quality recreation of soccer.

Brentford are a terrific staff, bristling, canny and intense, and in addition gained this fixture in the beginning of final time period – in what, to Gary Neville a minimum of, appeared like a watershed second for each side. Within the occasion, he was proper about them however flawed about Arsenal, who had been lacking all method of participant that night time, however their physicality and directness will nonetheless ask attention-grabbing questions of Mikel Arteta’s males. Particularly, I’m wanting ahead to seeing how Gabriel and William Saliba deal with Ivan Toney, however everywhere in the pitch, they’ve the gamers to make this a correct contest.

Arsenal, in the meantime, are rising, having by some means turned the frustration of the run-in into pre-season momentum. I say by some means as a result of it wasn’t a given or something prefer it, however central to the change was signing of Gabriel Jesus, a uncommon event on which it was simply apparent {that a} membership had acquired a participant completely excellent for his or her wants in each single side. However it’s not simply him – Martin Odegaard has stepped up a stage, Granit Xhaka is revelling in his new, superior function, and Gabriel Martinelli is enhancing.

That, although brings strain. This summer time, Arsenal may console themselves that, although final season led to disappointment, vital steps had been taken; subsequent summer time, there’ll should be strong proof, not only a good little feeling. Brentford, in the meantime, may content material themselves with survival, however now must take issues on and set up themselves as a Premier-League staple, as a result of they’ve bought all the things they want for that – and extra. That is going to be good.

Kick-off: 12pm BST

🗣 “There’s nothing worse than considering your staff are a little bit bit mushy. Brentford have checked out them and thought, ‘yeah, we’ll have you ever’, and that is the worst feeling”

Gary Neville has described Arsenal as being “messed round” of their 2-0 defeat at Brentford 🔊🔛👇

— Sky Sports activities (@SkySports) August 14, 2021

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