Arteta on Smith-Rowe’s injury woes
Arsenal have a chance to return to the top of the Premier League table this afternoon when they visit Brentford. Mikel Arteta’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat on their last trip to Brentford Community Stadium on the opening night of last season, but the Gunners will be looking to prove the progress they’ve made since then.
Arsenal are also hoping to draw on the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United two weeks ago, which was their last game in the Premier League before last weekend’s games were postponed.
Brentford may be in a celebratory mood after Ivan Toney was called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad as a reward for his form earlier in the season. Toney scored a hat-trick in Brentford’s last game, which was an impressive 5-2 win over Leeds. Follow Brentford vs Arsenal in the Premier League below:
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal
3 minutes: Opportunity! Gabriel Martinelli should score!
He starts the play with a back pass to William Saliba, who runs into the box and sends the ball back to Martinelli. His next touch sends the ball to the left side of the area where Granit Xhaka is in space.
Xhaka controls the ball and puts the nearest defender in play before returning it to Martinelli, who has pulled into the penalty area.
Martinelli goes to shoot but slips at the crucial moment and gently deflects his attempt at David Raya.
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 12:05 p.m
Kick off: Brentford 0-0 Arsenal
Gabriel Jesus starts the game and Arsenal shoots the ball long. It’s won in the air and nodded back to Jesus, who is quickly shut down and has to pass the ball backwards.
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 12:02 p.m
Brentford vs Arsenal
Here come the teams! There will be a minute’s silence for the Queen before the game begins.
Mikel Arteta and Thomas Frank lead the players onto the field with wreaths of flowers, which they place in the center circle.
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 11:56 am
Thoughts from Mikel Arteta ahead of the game
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta explained why Zinchenko and Odegaard were left out of today’s squad: “Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard are both injured and unavailable for the game. I do not know [how long they are out for]there are two different things, but we don’t know yet.
“A great learning day over the past season when you have tough and difficult moments in life so you can make the most of it and learn to move on to the next one.
“We have to show that on the pitch, have prepared as best we can and want to make up for what happened last season.
“We want to be at the top of the table again, so we have to win here, perform and compete at the highest level.”
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 11:54 am
Arsenal’s key man?
Going into the weekend, Gabriel Jesus had more touches in the penalty area (66), attempted more dribbles (34) and won more fouls (21) than any other Premier League player this season.
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 11:49 am
Yoane Wissa has scored five Premier League goals as a substitute since the start of last season, more than any other player.
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 11:44 am
Play for the Queen
Black armbands are worn by both teams today in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
Michael Jones18 Sep 2022 11:40 am
Mikel Arteta’s most important task is to ensure that Arsenal have learned to overcome setbacks
Arsenal is better. Arsenal is ready. Arsenal are back. Where and what they are willing to do is still up for debate, but the excited crowds of fans were – entirely understandably – dizzying at the Gunners, who sit at the top of the early Premier League table.
There is no doubt that there is greater cohesion in parts of the squad early in the season, better depth in key areas and individual progression in the squad.
On the sidelines, Mikel Arteta continues to cut a committed, sophisticated figure. He deserves credit for the fact that Arsenal are certainly a more watchable, entertaining (oh, and more often winning) team, even if their technical drama has more than a touch of over-animation.
Quite a few have expressed the opinion that it is slightly comedic to see the Spaniard in action: angrily gesturing and stretching to bark orders at a throw-in at a player three meters away, or burying his face in his hands after the concede a goal.
But therein lies part of the conundrum the Gunners now face: to truly become a team that can compete at the top again, they must be able to take setbacks far better , than the evidence up to this point would suggest.
Arteta’s most important task is to ensure that Arsenal have learned to overcome setbacks
A midweek win in a smaller competition with a heavily rotated team will mean little against the regular rigors of Premier League action
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 11:36 am
Brentford scores from long range
Brentford have unrivaled four goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season. They have only scored three such goals in the entire 2021/22 Premier League season.
The Bees’ confidence in front of goal has grown but Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney are particularly keen to fire shots for everyone in the box.
Michael JonesSeptember 18, 2022 11:30 am
Win or lose?
Arsenal have gone 23 Premier League games without a draw – win 16, lose seven – the longest consecutive streak for any side currently playing in the top flight.
Michael JonesSep 18, 2022 11:26 am
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