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Match Preview: Arsenal vs Brentford

All the details ahead of tonight's trip to The Emirates

26 September 2018

After victories over Southend United and Cheltenham Town, we head to The Emirates to take on last season's beaten finalists, Arsenal, in the Carabao Cup Third Round this evening. Here's everything you need to know ahead of tonight's game


They say all good things must come to an end and that was the case at Arsenal in the summer as Arsene Wenger stepped down after 22 years in charge of The Gunners. Former PSG boss Unai Emery was the man tasked with restoring Arsenal's place at the top table of English and European football. 

Emery spent more than £50 million following his arrival, bringing in defenders Stefan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Juventus and Borussia Dortmund respectively, as well as the midfield duo of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi from Sampdoria and Lorient. The Spaniard also oversaw the departures of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshire, and Lucas Perez among others. 

Life at The Emirates couldn't have started worse for Emery as he opened with Premier League defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea but since then The Gunners haven't put a foot wrong. The North London side have reeled off five straight wins in all competitions, scoring 14 goals in the process. 


For Brentford, Moses Odubajo could make his second debut for the club tonight after being named on the bench at Derby County on Saturday while Rico Henry, Emiliano Marcondes, and Marcus Forss remain sidelined. Dean Smith also confirmed on Monday that Josh Clarke will miss out with a hamstring injury.

Unai Emery confirmed yesterday that Rob Holding will start at the centre of The Gunners' defence tonight with Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac and Carl Jenkinson all ruled out. Henrik Mkhitaryan won't be risked after picking up an ankle injury in the Europa League last Thursday but the majority of that side which beat Vorskla Poltava on home soil, including Danny Welbeck, Stefan Lichtsteiner, and Lucas Torreira, is expected to feature tonight.  


After a modest playing career, which was spent mostly in Spain's Segunda División, Emery moved into coaching in 2004. He began at Lorca Deportiva CF, where he achieved promotion to Segunda División in his first season. He then departed to join Almería, earning promotion to La Liga for the first time in the club's history, before a move to Valencia. He led Los Che to three straight third-placed finishes but left in 2012 after falling out with the board.

A short spell at Spartak Moscow followed before he returned to Spain with Sevilla in 2013. While there, Emery gained plaudits for his style of football, and shrewdness in the transfer market. He won an unprecedented hat-trick of Europa League titles, before a move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. Despite limited European success at the club, he won the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions in his first year. He won all four domestic trophies the following season, before leaving for Arsenal at the end of his contract. 



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We haven't played The Gunners since 1947, but our last encounter with Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup Third Round was a memorable night under the lights against Everton in 2010.


Match Tickets for tonight's game have sold out with more than 8,500 Brentford fans making the trip to The Emirates this evening. 


Mark Burridge is your host for live commentary tonight from 7.15pm. He is joined by Marcus Gayle and Dave Morley to talk through the highlights and take you to full-time on iFollow Brentford. Please note, due to competition regulations, international supporters will only be able to access audio commentary this evening. For more information click here

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