Arsenal have to put their loss to Everton behind them today when they face off with another physical side in Brentford today.
The Gunners didn’t lose any ground in the title race thanks to a surprise favour by our noisy neighbours, who beat Manchester City 1-0, but we cannot expect to get away scot-free should we suffer the same this weekend.
Our Emirates atmosphere will likely bring out the best in our side after a painful performance last weekend, and I firmly expect us to get straight back to winning ways.
We predicted an unchan5ged line-up from the defeat last weekend when predicting our XI earlier on today, and as you can see, we were on point.
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Hope we are going to bounce…
Massively tough game
Wish Trossard could starting ahead of the poor form martinelli
Nothing wrong with Martinelli, he isn’t getting the service from Zinchenko, who likes to cut in, Tierney could have been a better option, when Trossard came off against City and Martinelli came on, he ran the city defence ragged, so I don’t see a poor form, Martinelli.
Unchanged. Let’s see a reaction! Confident we will see one with our amazing home fans making noise. We are still the only team to ever turnover Brentford away as we did earlier in the season so you have to be confident at home.
Arteta goes for cohesion again by not changing his starting 11.
I hope it pays off today and Martinelli starts taking defenders on with the speed and agility we know he has.
It will be a tough one but I will go for a close win for us.
Arteta is not giving other players a fair chance. Martinelli is off form and trossard needs a fair chance. Xhaka has stopped scouting and assisting and must rotate with Fabio V. Nketiah must rotate with Martinelli while the Trossard is given a fair run of 3 to 5 games.
I agree with you..
Viera, Trossard and Tomiyasu should have start today..
You contradict yourself by saying Martinelli is off form and then declaring he should off form be moved into an unfamiliar position at the expense of Nketiah. Think about it.
Arsenal have majority possession which doesnt translate into goals
MA shd have sudden burst of attack.The gunnerz over passing plays into the defence plans.
Unlesz things change it could end in a draw.
There are no easy epl games
I just hope Arteta does not make his obvious substitutions.He has made us so predictable to the opposition.
Good line up. COYG
Great line-up. I’m sure Brentford will park the bus and force Arteta to replace Martinelli/ Partey with Trossard/ Jorginho in the second half
Hopefully Cozier-Duberry can play too
Brentford will not park the bus I can assure you of that. If arteta continues with this his predictable line up and substitution, he will cost us the league himself. Martinelli has been off form for more than 7 matches, why keep playing him when we have an able replacement.
I bet Arteta saw Martinelli more performant in the training sessions
Generally Brentford doesn’t park bus
They play good football…
Hopefully we will put in a great performance today.
Hoping we are in front by at least 1 by then anyway.
I’m really keen to see cozier-duberry at some point as well. Looks like a player with big potential, but who knows if he’s ready yet.
Arteta will cost us this league if he continues with this. Why can’t trosard start ahead of martinelli.
Would’ve maybe liked to have seen Trossard given a start in place of Martinelli but like the fact that Arteta is showing faith in the team to put right the abysmal performance against Everton. Also like the fact that the bench is looking stronger these days.
Think a lot of people would be perfectly happy with that change. Still, Arteta sees them in training every day and we have a team that monitors fitness levels. So if they don’t think Martinelli is tired or that Trossard deserves to start on form then we have to trust them.
Arteta trusting his players is good to see. Women just lost to City, so fans should not be subjected to “double jeopardy”.
OT- VAR team again being incompetent? How was that not a penalty?
How is it a penalty? Were you expecting Soucek to land on his teeth or something? It’s good to be honest, it would be extremely harsh considering soucek’s body position. He was landing and needed something to support his body. Whether intentional or not that was never a penalty
Why did he fall in the first place? Was there any player near him?
What is the obsession about Trossard and Joginho? Partey and Martinelli are far better than the dudes. Except tiredness or injuries, please I want to see our first eleven on the pitch.
I keep reading some say Martinelli is better than trosard, please tell me exactly what martinelli can do better than trosard. I’ll be waiting.
Not sure I would have stuck with the same lineup as last week, I notice Brentford has put five across the midfield in a similar ploy to stop Martinelli and Saka. A lot of tired legs last week as well Trossard could have covered Martinelli, Jorginho to cover Xaka and Tierney, and Tamysau to play. Brentford will play football but they do have players who can mix it up. With City on Wednesday and Villa away next weekend, players will need some form of rest. Let’s hope we have a convincing win today and Villa upset City this weekend.
But u just contradicted yourself. You replied my comment above where I said trossard should be replacing martinelli and said he shouldn’t only for u to come down here to say he should.
Need to bounce back. The Everton game was abit disappointing tbh. No one showed up
Footballers know more than anyone when they’ve not been doing well. I hope Martenilli feels Trossard breathing down his neck and puts in a massive performance for us today! There’s nothing else but for him to do it today!!! COYG
I think where we miss the point is that arteta is a tactical coach and the guys who he trusts they can do it his way are given a priority. The new guys ain’t quite to plan yet. About the city game, arteta said he is going a game after game so he is trying to maximise because this game is winnable but with City they can manage a draw and still be the better of the two teams.
Expecting a dominant performance today, full of energy. Not wishful thinking as that is how we have performed at home all season and there are zero reasons to expect anything different today. Whether we turn that into a 3-4 goal statement win is another matter but certainly wouldn’t be surprised if we did.
For context, Brentford is good (at home particularly) but they are 7th and away
We’ve played 3rd 3-2 win
4th 0-0 draw (best defence in the league)
5th 3-1 win
6th haven’t played but won 4-2 away
7th todays opponents won 3-0 away
8th 2-1 win from 1-0 down
9th haven’t played but won 1-0 away
10th we won 3-2
Little evidence to suggest we will struggle
This is arguably the most important game of the season.
Win this and the one against the Citizens and whoever catch us shall surely lift the big jug.
But first we must win this by hitting them hard in an high tempo game, we must do it early and revert to our passing game.
Come on boys! Hoping for the best.
I don’t know why the narrative going around is arsenal got lucky/got a favor from spurs last week. Mancity got super lucky last week as they had the harder match and would have found themselves 8 pts behind with one more match for arsenal.
Hell city could have been 11 pts before the villa game.
11 pts * behind
North London forever, Whatever the weather, These streets are our own, And my heart will leave you never, My blood will forever, Run through the stone!
Let’s do this!
Brentford much the better team
Course they are.
We need to focus. We don’t seem to be in a hurry to do anything. The attitude is just off.We are exposing ourselves to a brentford sucker punch.
Yeah, slow.in possession, the speed and flair just ain’t there.
Reminds me of Wengers last few seasons just passing the ball around.
Having to listen to radio 5
Brentford having a good go and the crowd are magnificent
Come on Arsenal!
Arsenal is the better team, Brentford could have scored. 0-0
Commentary on tv is gushing whenever Brentford go forward which always manipulates certain TV viewers to think the flow of the game is different. On the radio, you probably have an accurate picture because they have to describe everything.
What nonsense, Brentford should be 2 up and have had better chances.
Some people just see our possession and seem to be placed in a delusional trance incorrectly thinning we are better.
Their plan is working better than ours.
It’s not possession we have threatened with the possession too. Your right they ended up with slightly better chances but that was marginal compared to Saka/Martinelli and we are clearly the better team. You don’t what you are talking about, to be frank.
I want to see Tomi on for white.
White slowing things down.
Also want to see Tiernay, zinchenko misplacing many passes
If we don’t win this then we will start to loose grip on Title race
Leicester 2 Spurs 1 min 40
Hope it goes well with us
Arteta need to bring in Tomi. White is so predictable and doesn’t offer anything in the final 3rd.
Right now our whole play looks predictable..
We are finding it difficult breakdown opponents defence in recent times
It seems teams have figured out how to to stop Arsenal
Nah we are looking tired, little runs off the ball so much easier for opp to defend. We are not able to up the tempo when teams can’t live with us.
I don’t think we should be tired..
We are just playing 1 game in a week..
So I don’t where this tiredness is coming..
Its seems the pressure is being slowly felt by the players. Playing well but without any end product. Can clearly see frustration on the face of Nketiah.
White, Martinelli and Nketiah are not sharpe at all. All look a yard slow of body and mind.
Or May be teams now figured out to stop Arsenal
We are suffering our 1st real physical slump. With less energy, comes less runs hence our play looks very static and out of idea.
Xhaka had a ridiculous workrate in the 1st part of the season, now he is making less runs because of tiredness so Martinelli gets less help and our left side breaks down. This affects our right side who gets overworked and now white looks leggy then saka gets double teamed.
Odeggard is also looking tired and cannot profit from the space left by teams doubling down on our wingers
I don’t understand this tiredness thing..
We are playing only once a week and these are professional footballers..
And you can’t get tired by just playing once a week..
When talking of tiredness its not the legs are done, finished nothing left in the tank but more like playing 90% instead of 100%.
Every team gets a period of time of physical/mental sharpness drop during the season. Remember its a marathon not a sprint and its how you manage these low pts that will define our season.
Arteta should trust his bench players to step up…
With that i agree completely.
Have you ever played at the same level as Arsenal players? it takes its toll, very hard to sustain that week in and week out, hence why we need a good bench
Our neighbors are having a tough time at Leicester 3_1 down
Hope we will do better in the second half
Arsenal ard tol predictable.Dont be surprised they draw or God fornix ,lose.
Brentfort put a nine men defence likke Everton
Hopefully in the 2nd half the gunnerz speed up the attack giving defenders no time to anticipate.
Teams have found a way to stop Arsenal now.
And this same tactics will be used by everyone…
This game gonna derail our tittle challenge if we don’t win today
Arsenal are over elaborating like Wenger
Brentfort ld baveneraly scored .as I write.
Too much passing instead of shooting.
The gunners shd have players running at
defenders instead of over passing.
Thatz what I believe Mc will do on Wednezfay
Keep going we will score imo. Especially if the fans stay onside and make noise 2nd half same as 1st. Just seems a matter of time watching the game so far. Martinelli’s blocked shot was in and way more dangerous than Mee’s waxed lyrical header that had no chance of going in even if you moved 5 inches in any direction but the commentary is commentary. Toney’s chance was the best either had but I wouldn’t count on Brentford getting another chance like that based on their performance so far. Whereas Brentford has ridden their luck so far when we attack. No 2nd balls have fallen to Arsenal in a dangerous area, they’ve managed to just about get a block in, just about avoid a penalty so on. That will not continue. Things we can do better, no doubt but not remotely worried right now.
Forgot about Henry’s chance that easily could have gone and probably was the best chance actually. Still think they are riding their luck so far and having not taken advantage they may well be in trouble.
Brentford just sat back, played direct passes and relied on their aerial abilities in set-pieces. We were lucky not to concede
If I were Arteta, I would instruct my wingers to move back to the wings and send the ball to Partey, Odegaard or Xhaka for long shots from them. A target man would likely be useful in this type of games
Great game with the end to end stuff but Arsenal have too many unproductive players up front. Why is Zivchenko being asked to do so much of the creative work? Where are the other creatives to give Odegaard a break. Oh Granit and Eddie where art though? Also agree that Ben White can’t offer much on the overlap but then again I don’t think Tomi could either. Please get a proper wingback in the off season.
Lucky to be 0-0 at halftime. Nketiah has been off TBH. He’s not working with Gabi at all. Him and Gabi are just polar opposites in this game. Gabi makes a run, Eddie doesn’t pick him. I’d give it another 10 mins, if it doesnt work haul off Eddie and bring in leo who might exchange more passes with Gabi.
Right now Brentford are on top, very organised at the back, break well and to be honest could have been 2-0 up, we have simply struggled to break them down, hence why they are unbeaten since the end of the WC. I hope Arteta doesn’t leave it too late for changes, the Brentford manager credit to him has got his tactics spot on, let’s hope the second half will be different. We need a piece of brilliance to score, do that and Brentford will come out more leaving them exposed, but we do seem a bit off the pace
Looks like another points dropped..
Hopefully I am wrong..
It’s really annoying how casual we’ve been
Brentford with the better chances again.Nketiah Martinelli isnt working.
Possession % Home 70.1 Away 29.9
Total Shots Home 11 Away 6
On Target Home 4 Away 1
Off Target Home 5 Away 3
Blocked Home 2 Away 2
Passing % Home 87.7 Away 69.7
Brentford on top *rolleyes*. Stop letting commentary confuse you, please.
But still it’s 0-0 and Brentford should have been 2-0 ahead
These stats are useless unless you have something to show on scoreboard
Scoreboard shows 0-0 so by your logic you should shut up about the 2-0? Or does the scoreboard only matter when convenient?
Don’t you think scoreboard is most important thing??
Playing well with super stats but still 0-0 then what’s the use that great football…
Well superb goal by the way
Well stand by it then, superb performance as scoreboard is all?
To be fair Brentford had 2 clear-cut chances too and should have scored but that was against the run of the play not within it and they missed them which is still them too within the context of being dominated elsewhere.
Stats dont tell the whole picture. We’ve been passing to no end while brentford have three to four touches but look dangerous on the break
They’ve played the role of the underdog team – accepted that we’ll have more possession and contained us quite well. Yes we’ve had more shots, but we’ve had fewer really good chances, plus we got very lucky when saliba slipped and we got a free kick earlier in the game.
We’ve not been the better team.
Having said that – we just scored! Great strength from Saka and concentration from trossard
Nketiah is just not on it. Hopefully Leo Trossard will come up trumps.
It’s nerve wracking listening on the radio
1-0 nil to Arsenal! Almost like being the better team the whole game will eventually lead to goal, shocking I know!
Good old Leicester !
Saliba is having tough game today…
Toney is really getting better of Saliba physically..
Well done Ramsdale, another howler by him!
They deserve to score at least 1
1-1 scrappy but it counts. Plenty of time left.
Only 14 mins left
3rd goal coming from a set piece although not direct, this is becoming an issue.
About time wasting, once a gk gets sent off for multiple time wasting it will stop but epl ref don’t have the balls to do it
We as fans are supposed to have rose-tinted glasses. Not the other way around where we praise the opposition. If we played like Newcastle when they got the 0-0 or Brentford today with a 1-1 if it stays that way everyone would be complaining yet they praise it, it’s beyond me. Brentford are 7th not relegation.
This depends on our target for season…
If our target for season is still top 4 then this is a great point but if our target is tittle then 2 points dropped…
Depends on what you judge to be a good performance. If this is great from Brentford then surely the bar for Arsenal is lowered unless you want to be completely inconsistent?
I don’t want comment about Brentford…
Its about Arsenal who were pretty predictable and didn’t create too much of chances
Goalposts moved 🙂
To talk about Arsenal we are top of the league btw that hasn’t changed.
Hopefully it won’t change till match day 38
But loosing grip on title race
Go away with your nonsense best team in the league up until now when you’re commenting if they get worse and lose the title in the future it wouldn’t make your current comments any better, we’d have to lose multiple games that haven’t been played yet for that to happen.
Clearly you refuse to see how we have been playing the last few games, poorly.
I guess some fans are just blind as their love for the club or Arteta out weighs their reasoning.
Dudes didn’t even check for offside
That four was totally unnecessary, would like to see Saliba use more of his body strength in these conditions.
Nketiah has been beyong awful.Subbing Gabi instead of him was wrong. He’s part of the reason Gabi’s perfomance was underwhelming cause he just wasnt creating situations where they could exchange passes
Didn’t Sake get the goal assist?
Oops sorry my eyes have gone😊
Good call Dan, you got the score spot on.
We’ll no doubt get the article on how right he was to suggest this whilst suggesting previously we were not in the top 4 race last year and certainly wouldn’t be in the title race this year.
Outside of us being top of the league and Arteta being a great manager, Dan was spot on.
Bottled it! Tittle over Man City will walk it now!
Can’t you wait at least until we play them on Wednesday?
If we approach their game the way we’ve approached the last two, then we are clearly losing then everyone will lose their heads. I’d take a draw and try to refocus this team who seem to have allowed media noise to get into their heads.
Oh mark that’s just tittle tattle
Shame not to win but a point is still a point
This has more to do with players’ and manager’s mindset more than anything else. Our players’ attitude in the first half stunk yet Mikel didnt lay into them for looking too comfortable at times which gave Brentford very clear openings. Brentford just sat back and hit us at the break. This is the most painful result for me ’cause we knew what we had to do but strolled into the pitch like Brentford would just hand us the 3 points.
Titlle race has started to slip slowly, our hope is diminishing and if not now never again – thanks arteta you will also pass as others did