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Brentford vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League latest score and goal updates as Martin Odegaard misses out

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Brentford vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League latest score and goal updates as Martin Odegaard misses out



Arteta on Smith-Rowe injury troubles

Arsenal have the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table as they visit Brentford this afternoon. Mikel Arteta’s side were humbled in a 2-0 defeat on their last trip to the Brentford Community Stadium on the opening night of last season but the Gunners will want to prove the progress they have since made.

Arsenal will also hope to bounce back to their 3-1 defeat at Manchester United two weeks ago, in what was their last Premier League outing before last weekend’s fixtures were postponed.

Brentford may be in a celebratory mood after Ivan Toney received a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad as a reward for his early season form. Toney scored a hat-trick in Brentford’s last match, which was a thumping 5-2 win over Leeds. Follow Brentford vs Arsenal in the Premier League, below:

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Brentford 0-0 Arsenal

6 mins: Close! Brentford are spraying the ball out wide and looking to cross it into their front two strikers. Rico Henry brings down a diagonal ball over to the left wing then curls a cross into the far side of the box.

Bryan Mbeumo wins the header bu can’t generate much power and nods it straight to Aaron Ramsdale.

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Brentford 0-0 Arsenal

3 mins: Chance! Gabriel Martinelli should score!

He starts the move with a pass back to William Saliba who drives up to the box and sends the ball back to Martinelli. His next touch sends the ball into the left side of the area where Granit Xhaka is in bags of space.

Xhaka controls the ball and draws in the nearest defender before gifting it back to Martinelli who’s moved into the penalty area.

Martinelli wants to shoot but slips at the vital moment and scuffs his effort softly to David Raya.

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Kick off: Brentford 0-0 Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus gets the match started and Arsenal boot the ball long. It’s won in the air and nodded back to Jesus who is quickly closed down and has to pass the ball backwards.

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Brentford vs Arsenal

Here come the teams! There’ll be a minute’s silence for the Queen before the game gets underway.

Mikel Arteta and Thomas Frank lead the players out onto the pitch carrying floral wreaths that they lay down in the centre circle.

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Pre-match thoughts of Mikel Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports before kick off and explained why Zinchenko and Odegaard were excluding from today’s squad saying: “Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard are both injured and not available for the game. I don’t know [how long they are out for], there are two different things but we don’t know yet.

“A great learning day last season, when you have tough and difficult moments in life, it is how you take the most out of it and learn to go onto the next one.

“We have to show it on the pitch, we have prepared in the best possible way and we want to put right what happened last season.

“We want to be top of the table again, in order to do that we have to win here, perform and compete at the highest level.”

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Arsenal’s key man?

Prior to the weekend, Gabriel Jesus had more touches in the opposition box (66), attempted more dribbles (34) and won more fouls (21) than any other player in the Premier League this season.

(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Super sub

Yoane Wissa has netted five Premier League goals as a substitute since the start of last season, more than any other player.

(Action Images via Reuters)

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Playing for the Queen

Black armbands will be worn by both teams today in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Mikel Arteta’s single most crucial job is ensuring Arsenal have learnt how to overcome setbacks

Arsenal are better. Arsenal are ready. Arsenal are back. From where and what they’re ready for is still up for debate, but the excited masses of supporters have been – entirely understandably – near-giddy at the Gunners sitting top of the early Premier League table.

Unquestionably, there is greater cohesion in parts of the team at the start of this season, better depth in key areas and individual improvement on show in the squad.

On the sidelines, Mikel Arteta continues to cut an invested, demanding figure. He deserves credit for Arsenal being a more watchable, enjoyable (oh, and a more frequently winning) team for sure, even if there remains more than a tinge of over-animation about his technical area dramatics.

More than a few have expressed the opinion of it being faintly comedic watching the Spaniard in action: furiously gesticulating and stretching to bellow orders at a player three yards away from him on a throw-in, or burying his face in his hands after the concession of a goal.

But therein also lies a part of the puzzle to solve which now confronts the Gunners: to truly transition into a side which can compete at the top again, they must be able to handle setbacks far better than the evidence until this point suggests.

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Brentford scoring from range

Brentford have scored an unrivalled four Premier League goals from outside the penalty area this season. They only netted three such goals in the entire 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

The Bees have grown in confidence in front of goal but Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney especially keen to get shots off for all around the penalty area.



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