Brentford – 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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Back to Ethan Nwaneri, I didn’t realize he was 15 years old! Aww, Madonie! What happened to StrongBoo 2-liter bottles in parks and on buses?

Photo: HBO/Allstar

In the meantime, Arsenal will be looking, I imagine, to beat Brentford’s central defence, With their backs high and wide to maintain width. I’m sure they will miss Odegaard, whose ability to pick small passes is very important to them, but Jesus’ ability to occupy a full defense would give Vieira a decent goal.

The more I think about it, the more this game is determined by how much – or not – how Gabriel and Saliba dealt with Tony and Mpoemo. The 5-3-2 makes a lot of sense in this context, because while Arsenal are improving, I’m still not sold on their four back, and I dare say Brentford He’ll also want to take a look at Ben White, off the right-back.

Eh, Google has Pontus Jansen playing to the right of the midfield at 4-3-3. I’ll take an L if it turns out to be the case, but I can’t quite see it.

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

This is the London Derby, so here’s the London tale: I was at a hostel in Soho last night and was approached by two Welsh women, wondering if I was a local. They had expected these establishments to be inhabited only by tourists, so they were excited to meet someone from the area; The rights to the movie have already been selected.

If Nwaneri makes his debut before September 14th 2023 then he will break Fabregas’ record as Arsenal’s youngest ever player.

— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) September 18, 2022

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If Nwaneri makes his debut before September 14, 2023, he will break Fabregas’ record as Arsenal’s youngest ever player.

– George Bird (@georgebird) September 18 2022

As for the ArsenalAnd the There is good news and bad news. We knew Oleksandr Zinchenko would lose – Kieran Tierney is a decent substitute – but Martin Odegaard is also absent, which is a huge loss. However, Thomas Partey is starting his latest comeback, replacing Sambi Lokonga, and I’m really looking forward to getting a look at Fabio Vieira, who looked good when he came to Old Trafford and seems to have a lot of potential.

There is a bit of work here. Brentford, impressive in occupying Leeds last time out, moved from 4-3-3 to 5-3-2, bringing Christopher Agger and Josh DaSilva to Shandon Baptiste and Ken Lewis Potter, the first Premier League player to hold three titles. Their ability to switch formations in this way – they also played 5-3-2 against Manchester United – is a tribute to both Thomas Frank’s coaching and the intelligence of their players, and the competition between attacking line and Arsenal’s central defense could be good. Hold the key to this game.

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Brentford (progressive 5-3-2): kingdom; Hickey, Jansson; Ager, Mee, Henry; Janelt, Jensen, DaSilva; Mbiomo, Tony. Subs: Canos, Wissa, Zanka, Godus, Onika, Strakosha, Damsgaard, Baptiste, Roerslev.

Arsenal (Non-negotiable 4-3-3): Ramsdale. White, Crucifixion, Gabriel, Tierney; Barty, Shaka, Scallop; Feet, Martinelli, Jesus. Subs: Turner, Nketia, Holding, Tomiasso, Lukonga, Marquinhos, Smith, Nwaneri, Lino Souza.

Rule: David Cote (Nottinghamshire)

Preamble

Newness bias is boring, but please bear with me when I say it: in the 40 years I’ve been watching football and ‘this league’ in particular, the level of entertainment has never been as high as it has been this season. I’m not sure there was ever a time in the past when I could watch a match like ours this afternoon and be pretty sure we’d see a quality soccer match, but looking at the match we played this afternoon I’m pretty sure we’ll see a quality soccer game .

Brentford is a brilliant, energetic, nimble and intense team that also won this match early last season – in what seemed, to Gary Neville at least, as a watershed moment for both sides. In this case, he was right about them but wrong about Arsenal, who lost all sorts of players that night, but their physicality and directness will still pose interesting questions to Mikel Arteta’s men. In particular, I look forward to seeing how Gabriel and William Saliba deal with Evan Toni, but across the field, they have players to make this competition fit.

Arsenal, meanwhile, is growing, having turned their second-round disappointment into pre-season momentum. I say somehow because it wasn’t a given or anything like that, but the key to the change was the signing of Gabriel Jesus, a rare occasion on which it was clear that the club had sourced a player absolutely perfect for his needs in every game. side. But it’s not just him – Martin Odegaard has risen to the occasion, Granit Xhaka rejoices in his new and advanced turn, and Gabriel Martinelli is developing.

This, though, brings stress. This summer, Arsenal were able to console themselves that although last season ended in disappointment, important steps have been taken; Next summer, there should be solid evidence, not just a simple, pleasant feeling. In the meantime, Brentford can be content to survive, but now they need to take matters into their own hands and establish themselves as a fixture in the Premier League, because they have everything they need for that – and more. This will be good

Kick-off: 12pm GMT

🗣 “There's nothing worse than thinking your team are a little bit soft. Brentford have looked at them and thought, 'yeah, we'll have you', and that's the worst feeling”

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

— Sky Sports (@SkySports) August 14, 2021

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🗣 “There’s nothing worse than thinking your team is a little weak. Brentford looked at them and thought, ‘Yeah, we’ll have fun with you,’ and that’s the worst feeling”

Gary Neville called Arsenal a “mess” in their 2-0 defeat to Brentford 🔊🔛👇

Sky Sports August 14, 2021