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Match Preview: Arsenal vs Brentford

Everything you need to know ahead of our visit to The Emirates

18 February 2022

It's a repeat of our memorable opening night in the Premier League as we take on Arsenal at The Emirates tomorrow. Back in August, goals from Sergi Canós and Christian Nørgaard made it a winning start to life in the top flight and now we go looking for a first double over The Gunners since 1938. Get all the build-up to tomorrow's derby below.

THE OPPOSITION

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Arsenal's record after three Premier League games this season, including their opening night trip to the Brentford Community Stadium, read: Played Three, Lost Three, Scored Zero, Conceded Nine. So it's testament to the work that Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff have done since that they now head into the final three months of the season with a realistic shot of finishing in the top four for the first time since 2016.

The Gunners are currently sixth, four points off the Champions League spots but with three games in hand on those directly above them. They've had a little wobble of late in League and Cup, going five without a win before last Thursday's hard-fought 1-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Their fluency hasn't been helped by a heavily disrupted fixture schedule which has seen them play just three league matches since Boxing Day. 

January was a month of streamlining at The Emirates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [Barcelona], Sead Kolašinac [Marseille], and Calum Chambers [Aston Villa] all leaving on free transfers while Pablo Mari [Udinese], Ainsley Maitland-Niles [Roma], and Folarin Balogun [Middlesbrough] were among 12 players to depart on loan.

Arteta's faith in Arsenal's youngsters has been evident. The Gunners have the youngest squad in the Premier League with an average age of 24.5. The 18 youngest starting XIs put on the pitch this season in the top flight all belong to Arsenal: their starting XI that drew 0-0 at home to Burnley last month included nine players aged 24 or younger with seven of their bench aged 22 or younger. 

Emile Smith-Rowe (above) is their leading scorer with eight league goals ahead of Bukayo Saka (six), Martin Ødegaard, and Gabriel Martinelli (both four).

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, football.london's Kaya Kaynak, expects: "I think it will be a 4-2-3-1 again, which it has been for most of the season, except for when they go down to 10, which is relatively frequently these days! The big question is whether right-back Tomiyasu (above) will be fit enough to play and, if he is not, Cedric will play there, which could potentially be to Brentford’s advantage, though he had quite a good game against Wolves. It will then be the usual defenders: White, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney, a midfield of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey and then Saka on the right, Emile Smith Rowe on the left and Alexandre Lacazette up top"

TEAM NEWS

Tomorrow's game will come too early for Christian Eriksen to make his Brentford debut while Ivan Toney (calf) will be a gameday decision. Thomas Frank believes Josh Dasilva's first start back is not far away with Julian Jeanvier (knee) our only long-term absentee. 

The big news for Arsenal sees Takehiro Tomiyasu in contention to play following a calf issue. Bernd Leno is also available after recovering from Covid-19 but Gabriel Martinelli is out suspended. 

MATCH FACTS

  • Brentford are looking to become the first promoted side to complete a Premier League double over Arsenal since Blackburn Rovers in 1992/93 
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 32 Premier League home matches against promoted sides (W27 D5), since a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United in November 2010. The Gunners have only failed to score in one of those 32 contests, a goalless draw with Middlesbrough in October 2016 
  • Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard scored Brentford’s goals in their 2-0 win over Arsenal in the reverse fixture. In the last 10 seasons, only one player at a promoted club has scored home and away against the Gunners, with Charlie Austin doing so for QPR in 2014/15
  • Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has scored 12 London derby goals at Emirates Stadium. He’s the highest-scoring player in such fixtures at the ground in the competition 

THE MANAGER

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A stylish central-midfielder, Mikel Arteta's 17-year professional career saw him pick up plaudits and trophies wherever he went. He was an Intertoto Cup winner with Paris St Germain in 2001 before doing the League and Cup double with Rangers in 2003. His six-and-a-half years at Everton saw him twice named Player of the Year and also named Players' Player of the Year in 2006. Ending his career with Arsenal, the Spanish Youth International added another pair of FA Cups and two Community Shields to a very impressive career haul. 

After 539 professional appearances, he retired and was appointed to Pep Guardiola's backroom staff at Manchester City in 2016, helping City to two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two Carabao Cup trophies.

He left to become Arsenal manager in December 2019, winning his first match as boss on 1 January 2020, a 2-0 victory over Manchester United. Later that season, he led his side to the FA Cup, becoming the first person to win the trophy as both captain and manager of Arsenal. He also became the first boss to win a major trophy in his first season in charge of the club since George Graham in 1987.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Mikel Arteta told Arsenal.com: "We knew the difficulties that we were going to have on the opening game in the league, which is always difficult but with the amount of players out that we had, with the team that we played on the day and with a newly-promoted team who had done exceptionally well, I wasn’t shocked because I knew it was going to be very difficult.

That has been proven because they have made life really, really difficult for any team that has been playing there regardless of the level of that team. We haven’t been the only ones that has suffered against them, that’s for sure"

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Jonathan Moss

Assistant Referees: Marc Perry and Timothy Wood

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Video Assistant Referee: Lee Mason

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Daniel Robathan

Arsenal 2021/22

203 fouls - Second-fewest in Premier League

33 yellow cards - 16th in Premier League 

3 red cards - Most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

The away Supporters' area is located in the South East corner of the stadium, closest to Highbury and Islington Station. 

Only bags that are smaller than A4 in size (small rucksack / handbag) will be permitted into the stadiumLuggage storage facilities are available at London King's Cross station.

Away supporters are welcome to bring flags and banners to the ground, as long as they meet the club’s safety requirements. They must not exceed 1m in height or width, and be displayed on a pole no thicker than a pencil. Please note that the club reserves the right to turn banners away on the grounds of offensive content.

Away Day Guide

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tomorrow's game will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

There will also be live commentary on Talksport in the UK. For the Brentford angle, Brentford Women's Head Coach Karleigh Osborne joins Mark Burridge on Bees Player.

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action through our Twitter and Instagram feeds. 

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Match Reports

Arsenal 2 Brentford 1

Bees beaten in North London

19 February 2022

Two second half goals condemned Brentford to defeat against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Brentford defended superbly for long periods and went in at half time all square despite spells of sustained pressure from the home side. But the hosts struck early in the second half and a second goal inside the final 15 minutes proved to be the winner. Christian Nørgaard scored in the dying seconds for The Bees, but Arsenal got the win.

There was little doubt the better team won the game. Brentford had to fight hard to stay in the match in the first period and the visiting defence protected goalkeeper David Raya admirably. But Arsenal managed to find a way through and got themselves the win.

It was an all-action helter-skelter opening to the contest. Arsenal started on the front foot and had a lot of the ball, but Brentford were also committed to an attacking mindset. The first 15 minutes of the match were an end-to-end spectacle. Arsenal had the better chances, but Brentford also pushed forward, and Referee Jon Moss was in the centre of the action, along with the other officials.

Sergi Canós had to make an early block with his head after Ben White met an inswinging corner from the effervescent Bukayo Saka with a near post header. Arsenal recycled and the next header from Alexandre Lacazette was comfortably saved by Raya. Bryan Mbeumo set up a shooting chance for Yoane Wissa at the other end when Arsenal failed to fully clear a long throw. The shot was blocked, and Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was able to gather.

A tackle by Nørgaard set up Brentford for another opportunity, all inside the first six minutes. Wissa set up Canós to lift a cross-cum-shot over Ramsdale and just past the far post. Saka was released by Martin Ødegaard inside the penalty area soon after. He tried to cross for Lacazette, but Kristoffer Ajer made a last-ditch tackle. There were bodies strewn all over the penalty area as Saka got on to the loose ball and weaved back in to the penalty area before pulling a shot wide at the near post.

Barely ten minutes had elapsed when Arsenal went on the attack again. A corner was half cleared, and the ball was played back deep to Saka. He tried to find White, but Josh Dasilva made a tackle. Saka got on to the loose ball and his shot deflected off Dasilva, hitting Raya in the face. The ball was still not dead as Dasilva released Mbeumo at the other end. He cut inside and saw a shot blocked, enabling Arsenal to counter-attack. The ball was worked forward and then to Kieran Tierney on the left. He crossed for Lacazette to tap in, but the offside flag was raised.

The break enabled Video Assistant Referee Lee Mason to check the previous three or four minutes of action. He agreed with Mr Moss that Dasilva’s challenge on White was a fair one, deciding there was no penalty to award. He also confirmed the offside decision, disallowing the goal and leaving the game all square.

It would have been impossible for the game to continue at the pace it started, but the tempo only dropped a fraction as the half wore on. Arsenal maintained the upper hand with Brentford forced a little deeper as the half wore on. The Bees did have a sight of goal when Dasilva fed the ball to Ajer inside the area, but he was unable to pick out Wissa.

Arsenal had more of the chances as they looked for a breakthrough. Lacazette headed off target before Saka saw a shot blocked. Thomas Partey faded an effort wide from distance and Lacazette also missed the target after an attempt from Mathias Jensen to release Mbeumo was intercepted. Ødegaard and Lacazette had efforts blocked by Brentford’s hard working defence and Raya then had to save from White after Ethan Pinnock had made a vital headed clearance from a Tierney cross.

When a cross came in from the left soon after, it reached Cedric Soares unmarked at the far post. He hammered in a shot that Wissa threw himself in front of. Arsenal appealed that Wissa had blocked it with his arms and Mr Mason checked, before deciding only the home side should only get a corner. That dead ball dropped to Emile Smith Rowe, but he failed to get enough of a contact to worry Raya.

Saka and Partey both had efforts blocked late in a half that Arsenal dominated, without being able to find a way through. The Bees were also forced in to a change when Jensen limped off. He was replaced by Vitaly Janelt late in a first period that ended 0-0.

It did not, however, take long for Arsenal to break the deadlock after the restart. The goal was a little too easy from a Brentford perspective. Lacazette was able to find space in midfield and released Smith Rowe on the left, again with lots of room. He worked his way in to the penalty area and placed a shot across Raya and in to the far corner. The Brentford goalkeeper got finger tips to it at full stretch but was unable to keep it out.

The goal came three minutes in to the second half and after Brentford had been on the attack. A pass from Dasilva released Wissa and his cross deflected in to the arms of Ramsdale with Mbeumo waiting. Arsenal then went on the attack and got their goal.

Ramsdale saved from Wissa soon after as Brentford looked for an immediate response while Partey lashed over at the other end. Perhaps because of the goal, the pace of the game was slower in the second half than the first. Raya saved a Saka effort and a Tierney shot deflected wide as Arsenal continued to hold the upper hand, without putting together the sustained spells of pressure they did in the first half.

Brentford looked like they might have found a way through when a pass from Janelt released Mbeumo on a bent run behind the home defence. But the ball was just a touch firm and Mbeumo was unable to bring it under control. If he had, he would have been one-on-one with Ramsdale. Mbeumo had a shot blocked soon after.

Arsenal looked set for a second when Lacazette won a battle in midfield and released Ødegaard on the right. He was faced with only Raya to beat but the Brentford goalkeeper made a save and Nørgaard was there to prevent substitute Pépé putting in the loose ball. Unfortunately for Brentford, that only delayed the hosts.

The goal came when it looked like Brentford might be in, but a pass from Wissa that would have put Ajer free was intercepted. Arsenal turned the ball over and broke away. Lacazette prevented Jansson clearing and Partey got to the loose ball. He fed Saka on the left and the Arsenal man fired across Raya and in to the net off the far post.

The seemed to seal the game and Raya saved from Partey as Arsenal looked for a third, but Brentford had the last word. A free kick from the right was half cleared and Janelt created room for the shot. The ball bounced around, cannoned off a few bodies, including Soares and Ajer and dropped to Nørgaard. He took a touch, stepped away from Ramsdale and placed a shot in.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but Mr Mason checked and decided no offence had been committed. Brentford had one back but only seconds to find another. They did get the ball but could not find the right pass. Arsenal cleared and secured the win.

Arsenal: Ramsdale; Soares, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Ødegaard, Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Lacazette (sub Nketiah 83 mins), Smith Rowe (sub Pépé 75 mins)

Subs (not used): Leno, Holding, Tomiyasu, Tavares, Sambi, Elneny, Hutchinson

Bookings: Gabriel (86 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós (sub Ghoddos 84 mins), Dasilva (sub Baptiste 68 mins), Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Janelt 44 mins), Henry; Mbeumo, Wissa

Subs (not used): Fernández, Stevens, Roerslev, Bech, Onyeka, Young-Coombes

Bookings: Jansson (80 mins)

Attendance: 60,015

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Ticket News

Arsenal Away tickets sold out

Tickets for our London derby at the Emirates are sold out.

27 January 2022

Thomas Frank and The Bees make the short trip to North London to face Mikel Arteta’s side on Saturday 19 February (3pm kick-off).

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,500+TAPs: Monday 24 January, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Wednesday 26 January

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Monday 24 January, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Wednesday 26 January
    We’ll email
    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 2,600+ TAPs: Wednesday 26 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 27 January
  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 1,700+ TAPs: Thursday 27 January, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 28 January
  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders (subject to availability): Friday 28 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

  • 15 TAPS
  • What are TAPs?
  • If you purchase a Match Ticket and do not attend this fixture you will not be awarded any Ticket Access Points.

PRICES

  Adults
19-64
Seniors
65 and over

Young Adults
18 and under

Juniors
16 and under

Standard £26 £11.25 £11.25 £10

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled tickets are £12.75. All wheelchair users/Ambulant Disabled tickets may have a free ticket for their personal assistant.

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

Please note that children under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult over 18 and any child 0-3 years old will not be allowed to be situated/seated in rows 1-20 of the lower tier.  

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 12noon - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £25 £15

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 15 February.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

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available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • Open 2 hours 30 minutes prior to kick-off on matchdays until half time, then open for 30 minutes after full time (subject to fixture)
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

Disabled Supporters Additional Information 

Emirates Stadium has up to six accessible parking bays available for visiting disabled supporters with a valid Blue Badge. These are booked via the Disability Liaison Team using the form attached (please copy for each individual applicant). Applications must be received no later than 10 days prior to the fixture date and must include a copy of both sides of the Blue Badge - completed forms should be emailed to bluebadgeparking@arsenal.co.uk. Further disability access information has been sent to your Disability Access Officer/Disability Liaison Officer. 

MATCHDAY INFORMATION   

All tickets are sold subject to the Away Match Ticket Terms and Conditions (away fan) of Arsenal Football Club, details of which can be found on www.arsenal.com on the ticket information page.  

Stadium Security /Bag Policy: We strongly advise supporters do not bring bags to Emirates Stadium unless necessary.  

Any bags larger than A4 (a standard rucksack / handbag) will not be permitted. 

Luggage storage facilities are available at London King's Cross station if required.  

Please take a moment to check the full list of prohibited items before you travel to the stadium and ensure you plan your journey accordingly to avoid queues ahead of kick-off.

SUPPORTER CHARTER   

More information can be found online here.

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