Arteta on Smith-Rowe injury troubles
Arsenal have the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table as they visit Brentford this afternoon. Mikel Arteta’s side were humbled in a 2-0 defeat on their last trip to the Brentford Community Stadium on the opening night of last season but the Gunners will want to prove the progress they have since made.
Arsenal will also hope to bounce back to their 3-1 defeat at Manchester United two weeks ago, in what was their last Premier League outing before last weekend’s fixtures were postponed.
Brentford may be in a celebratory mood after Ivan Toney received a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad as a reward for his early season form. Toney scored a hat-trick in Brentford’s last match, which was a thumping 5-2 win over Leeds. Follow Brentford vs Arsenal in the Premier League, below:
Win or lose?
Arsenal have gone 23 Premier League matches without a draw – 16 wins, seven defeats – the longest ongoing run of sides currently in the top flight.
Michael Jones18 September 2022 11:26
Brentford’s attacking prowess
Thomas Frank’s side have scored 15 top-flight goals this term, a figure bettered only by Manchester City. The Londoners are averaging 2.5 goals per game, compared to 1.3 in their debut Premier League campaign.
They have outperformed their expected goals total (10.2) by almost five and will prove a threat to Arsenal this afternoon.
Michael Jones18 September 2022 11:21
Thomas Frank reveals Gareth Southgate let him tell Ivan Toney about England call
Clinical striker Toney earned his maiden England call-up on Thursday, with the 26-year-old now eyeing the chance to push for a spot at November’s World Cup.
Toney became Brentford’s first England pick in 83 years, leaving the west Londoners in buoyant mood ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.
And the Bees’ Danish manager Frank made a point of thanking Southgate for allowing him to share in Toney’s special moment.
Toney became Brentford’s first England pick in 83 years on Thursday
Michael Jones18 September 2022 11:17
Arsenal vs London clubs
Arsenal have won five of their last eight league games away to fellow London clubs which is as many as they had in their previous 23 attempts.
They can win three successive top-flight London derbies for the first time since March 2015 if they are victorious today.
Michael Jones18 September 2022 11:12
Brentford vs Arsenal team changes
Thomas Frank makes two changes to the Brentford team that started in the 5-2 victory against Leeds last time out. Shandon Baptiste and Keane Lewis-Potter drop out with Josh Dasilva and Kristoffer Ajer coming in. It also looks like a change in formation with Frank preferring five at the back against the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta meanwhile makes three changes to the Arsenal side that lost to Manchester United. Martin Odegaard isn’t with the squad after picking up a knock in training so Fabio Vieira earns a starting place. Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney both return with Oleksandr Zinchenko out injured and Albert Sambi Lokonga on the bench.
Michael Jones18 September 2022 11:07
Brentford vs Arsenal line-ups
Brentford XI: Raya; Hickey, Ajer, Jansson, Mee, Henry; Jensen, Janelt, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Toney
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Vieira, Martinelli; Jesus
Michael Jones18 September 2022 11:02
Brentford enjoy London derbies
Brentford’s only defeat in their last 17 home league London derbies was a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in October 2021. They have won 13 and drawn three such games during that run including a victory over Arsenal last season.
Can they extend that today or will the Gunners inflict a second defeat on the Bees?
Michael Jones18 September 2022 10:54
Thomas Frank on Arsenal
Brentford boss, Thomas Frank, says that Arsenal have been the best performing team so far this year and can possibly even go on to win the Premier League title. He added that the Gunners are a different side to the one that Brentford defeated on the opening game of the season last year and if the Bees repeat that performance it will be a brilliant result
“We are playing against a very good side. When we beat them a year ago, I think they were not in the same place as they are now.” said Frank, “Doing it on Sunday would be completely different because for me, now, after Manchester City, they are the best performing team in the league.
“Maybe, in spells, they’ve been the best performing team over the first six games. I think they’ve been remarkable, especially the intensity they play with.
“I remember being sat there on the Friday night for their opening game of the season watching them against Crystal Palace. I was thinking, ‘What?! That’s another level’. For the first 20 minutes, Crystal Palace didn’t touch the ball. And I thought, ‘They could win the Premier League!’”
Michael Jones18 September 2022 10:49
Odegaard to miss Brentford match
According to reports, Martin Odegaard is set to miss Arsenal’s Premier League game against Brentford this afternoon having not travelled with the squad.
The official team news is due out shortly so we’ll know more then but Odegaard has been a crucial part of Arsenal’s team this season and will be a big loss if he’s out of the match.
Michael Jones18 September 2022 10:43
Mikel Arteta has turned ‘remarkable’ Arsenal into title contenders, Thomas Frank claims
Brentford boss Frank insists Arteta’s Arsenal have already overtaken the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham in the Premier League stakes.
The Bees’ Danish manager rates the Gunners as the English top-flight’s second-best outfit behind Manchester City – but still gives the Emirates Stadium side a chance of league glory this term.
Brentford opened their maiden Premier League campaign with a 2-0 home win against Arsenal last season, and the Bees host the Gunners in west London again this Sunday.
The Gunners started the weekend in top spot in the Premier League ahead of their trip to Brentford
Michael Jones18 September 2022 10:42