Report: Arsenal 1-2 Brentford | Post-Match Report

We noticed our 100% profitable document throughout pre-season come to an finish as Brentford claimed victory in a behind-closed-doors pleasant at London Colney this afternoon.

An early Bryan Mbeumo aim was canceled out by Eddie Nketiah’s fifth aim of the summer season to date, however simply earlier than half-time Ryan Trevitt restored the Bees’ lead, which they clung onto regardless of us dominating proceedings after the break.

The scoring was opened after simply 9 minutes when Fin Stevens flicked the ball into house on the proper flank for Trevitt to race onto, and his low middle discovered Mbeumo who tucked previous the outstretched Matt Turner.

That aim got here towards the run of play, however we began to maneuver via the gears and after Marquinhos noticed a low drive discovered Thomas Strakosha, parity was restored on 24 minutes. Reiss Nelson did properly to chop inside from the left, and after linking up with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the ball discovered its method to Nketiah who slotted dwelling.

Marquinhos once more got here shut when Turner sprung a fast counter-attack following a nook however his tried lob over Strakosha drifted extensive, however simply earlier than the break Brentford received again in entrance when Rico Henry burst into the field and located Trevitt, who confirmed glorious composure to take a contact earlier than selecting his spot.

After the break, it was one-way visitors as we peppered the Brentford aim looking for an equalizer. Nketiah dragged a shot extensive earlier than Albert Sambi Lokonga launched into a mazy dribble earlier than capturing simply over the bar.

We continued to up the depth going into the ultimate quarter and Nuno Tavares compelled substitute keeper Matthew Cox right into a flying save on 68 minutes, earlier than some neat play between Lokonga, Nketiah and Nelson carved out a chance for Maitland-Niles to go dwelling, however Cox was equal to his effort.

With 10 minutes to go, Cedric let fly with a drive from the sting of the field and noticed his try thump off the bottom of the submit, and with one final foray ahead a depraved Nelson supply narrowly evaded each Lokonga and Marquinhos on the far submit , forcing us to endure defeat for the primary time this summer season.

Arsenal: Turner, Cedric, Walters (Awe 46), Holding, Tavares (Souza 76), Elneny, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles (Patino 85), Marquinhos, Nelson (Sagoe Jr 90), Nketiah.

Brentford: Strakosha (Cox 62), Stevens, Bech, Crama, Henry (Racic 62), Onyeka, Ghoddos (Yarmolyuk 75), Peart-Harris, Trevitt, Lewis-Potter, Mbeumo (Gilbert 75).

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