Report: Arsenal 1-2 Brentford

Arsenal lost their opening match to this same side when they were newly promoted into the premier League last season, the game ended 2-0 and again they have ended Arsenal winning run in the pre-season by winning the Gunners 1-2 in a match played behind closed door.

Though, many of the senior players did not play the game which gave an opportunity to the young guns to show what the can offer.

An early Bryan Mbeumo goal was cancelled out by Eddie Nketiah’s sixth goal of the summer, but Ryan Trevitt restored the Bees’ advantage shortly before half-time, which they held to despite us dominating play after the interval.

Fin Stevens slid the ball into space on the right wing for Trevitt to gallop onto, and his low centre found Mbeumo, who tucked past the outstretched Matt Turner after only nine minutes.

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That goal came against the run of play, but we began to shift gears, and after Marquinhos saw a low drive find Thomas Strakosha on 24 minutes, parity was restored.

After cutting inside from the left and teaming up with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the ball found its way to Nketiah, who tucked home.
After cutting inside from the left and teaming up with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the ball found its way to Nketiah, who tucked home.

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Marquinhos came near again when Turner unleashed a rapid counter-attack following a corner, but his attempted lob over Strakosha sailed wide, but Brentford took the lead shortly before the interval when Rico Henry surged into the area and found Trevitt, who took a touch before selecting his spot.

Following the break, it was one-way traffic as we bombed the Brentford goal in search of an equaliser.

Albert Sambi Lokonga went on a mazy dribble before firing narrowly over the bar after Nketiah dragged a shot wide.
On 68 minutes, Nuno Tavares forced substitute keeper Matthew Cox into a flying save, before some slick movement between Lokonga, Nketiah, and Nelson created an opportunity for Maitland-Niles to head home, but Cox was equal to his effort.

 

With 10 minutes remaining, Cedric unleashed a drive from the outside of the box that smacked off the base of the post, and with one more excursion forward, a vicious Nelson pass just avoided both Lokonga and Marquinhos at the far post, condemning us to loss for the first time this season. Arsenal’s starting XI: Turner, Cedric, Walters (Awe 46), Holding, Tavares (Souza 76), Elneny, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles (Patino 85), Marquinhos, Nelson (Sagoe Jr 90), and Nketiah.

 

 

 


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