Brentford v Arsenal: Premier League – live | Premier League

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.

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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.

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Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

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Recency bias is a tedious thing, but please bear with me when I say that: in the 40 years I’ve been watching football and “this league” in particular, the standard of entertainment has never been as high as it is this season. I’m not sure there’s any time in the past that I could look at fixture such as ours this afternoon and be absolutely certain that we’re going to see a quality game of soccer, but looking at our fixture this afternoon, I’m absolutely certain that we’re going to see a quality game of soccer.

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Brentford are a terrific team, bristling, canny and intense, and also won this fixture at the start of last term – in what, to Gary Neville at least, seemed like a watershed moment for both sides. In the event, he was right about them but wrong about Arsenal, who were missing all manner of player that night, but their physicality and directness will still ask interesting questions of Mikel Arteta’s men. In particular, I’m looking forward to seeing how Gabriel and William Saliba handle Ivan Toney, but all over the pitch, they’ve the players to make this a proper contest.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, are growing, having somehow turned the disappointment of the run-in into pre-season momentum. I say somehow because it wasn’t a given or anything like it, but central to the change was signing of Gabriel Jesus, a rare occasion on which it was just obvious that a club had acquired a player absolutely perfect for their needs in every single aspect. But it is not just him – Martin Odegaard has stepped up a level, Granit Xhaka is revelling in his new, advanced role, and Gabriel Martinelli is improving.

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That, though brings pressure. This summer, Arsenal could console themselves that, though last season ended in disappointment, significant steps had been taken; next summer, there’ll need to be solid proof, not just a nice little feeling. Brentford, meanwhile, could content themselves with survival, but now need to take things on and establish themselves as a Premier-League staple, because they’ve got everything they need for that – and more. This is going to be good.

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Kick-off: 12pm BST

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Key occasions

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

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

4 min …which Jansson spreads left to Henry. His cross is a good one too, however nobody gambles and assaults the entrance submit, so Ramsdale gathers simply.

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

2 min Superb from Arsenal, Saliba driving a low move into Martinelli, whose first contact is good, glancing a move off to Xhaka, down the left aspect of the field. It appears to be like so much like 0-1, however as an alternative of capturing, he cuts again a return, and simply as he is about to shoot, Martinelli slips, permitting Raya to save lots of simply. Still, that is a warning for the house aspect.

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

1 min Peeeep! Away we go!

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

Here come the groups, led out by managers carrying wreaths.

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

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

Email! “One of the various doubts, worries and common angsty preoccupations of the Arsenal fan is the state of Thomas Partey’s legs,” says Charles Antaki. “Are they absolutely practical, and in that case for the way lengthy?” What occurs when he cannot play, and you do not have any individual who can boss the ball, obtain and switch, drive on and threaten? Lokonga appears to be like a high-quality prospect for the middling future, nevertheless it’s all concerning the current, is not it? And particularly not getting carried out by the Brentford midfield.”

Yes, I agree. When Arsenal have been getting grief final season, the affect of his absence wasn’t, in my view, absolutely factored in. I am unable to wait to see him blaze over a succession of pictures from 18-25 yards.

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

Photograph: Nigel Keene/ProfessionalSports/REX/Shutterstock

Arteta, sporting 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 are fairly brief”. Sometimes, the hilarious gags write themselves.

Frank, in the meantime, confirms that he needs his staff to be courageous and aggressive, and that they wish to flip the Community Stadium into “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.

Back to Ethan Nwaneri, I did not notice that he is 15. 15! Oof Madonna! What occurred to two-liter bottles of Strongbow in parks and on buses?

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Photograph: HBO/Allstar

Arsenal, in the meantime, will probably be wanting, I think about, to get down the outsides of Brentford’s outdoors centre-backs, with the full-backs excessive and broad to maintain the width. I’m positive they’re going to miss Odegaard, whose capability to select little passes into toes is so necessary for them, however Jesus’ capability to occupy a whole protection will give Vieira a good goal.

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

Er, Google have Pontus Janssen enjoying on the best of midfield in a 4-3-3. I’ll take the L if that seems to be so, however I am unable to fully see it.

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

This is a London derby, so this is a London anecdote: I used to be in a Soho hostelry final night, and was approached by two Welsh girls, questioning if I used to be native. They’d anticipated such institutions to be populated solely by vacationers, so that they have been excited to fulfill 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 Bird (@jeorgebird) September 18, 2022

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

— George Bird (@georgebird) September 18, 2022

As for Arsenal, there’s excellent news and dangerous information. We knew that Oleksandr Zinchenko would miss out – Kieran Tierney is a good different – however Martin Odegaard can also be absent, and he is a giant loss. However, 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 appeared good when he arrived at Old Trafford and appears to have loads of potential.

There’s a good bit to go on right here. Brentford, who have been so spectacular in beating Leeds final outing, switched 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 capability to modify formations on this means – additionally they performed 5-3-2 towards 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 nicely maintain the important thing to this recreation.

Teams!

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)

Preamble

Recency bias is a tedious factor, however please bear with me after 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 unsure there’s any time prior to now that I may have a look at a fixture corresponding to ours this afternoon and be completely sure that we will see a top quality recreation of soccer, however taking a look at our fixture this afternoon, I’m completely sure that we will see a top quality recreation of soccer.

Brentford are a terrific staff, bristling, canny and intense, and in addition received this fixture originally of the final time period – in what, to Gary Neville not less than, appeared like a watershed second for each side. In the occasion, he was proper about them however unsuitable about Arsenal, who have been lacking all method of gamers that night time, however their physicality and directness will nonetheless ask fascinating questions of Mikel Arteta’s males. In explicit, I’m wanting ahead to seeing how Gabriel and William Saliba deal with Ivan Toney, however everywhere in the pitch, they have the gamers to make this a correct contest.

Arsenal, in the meantime, are rising, having in some way turned the frustration of the run-in into pre-season momentum. I say in some way as a result of it wasn’t a given or something prefer it, however central to the change was the 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 facet. But it’s not simply him – Martin Odegaard has stepped up a degree, Granit Xhaka is reveling in his new, superior position, and Gabriel Martinelli is enhancing.

That, although brings strain. This summer time, Arsenal may console themselves that, though final season resulted in disappointment, important steps had been taken; subsequent summer time, there’ll should be stable proof, not only a good little feeling. Brentford, in the meantime, may content material themselves with survival, however now have to take issues on and set up themselves as a Premier-League staple, as a result of they have every part they want for that – and extra. This goes to be good.

Kick-off: 12pm BST

🗣 “There's nothing worse than pondering your staff are somewhat bit delicate. Brentford have checked out them and thought, 'yeah, we'll have you ever', and that's the worst feeling”

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

— Sky Sports (@SkySports) August 14, 2021

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🗣 “There’s nothing worse than pondering your staff is somewhat bit delicate. 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 (@SkySports) August 14, 2021

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