Arsenal get back to Premier League action on Sunday when they travel to west London to face Brentford.
The Gunners’ unbeaten start to the new season was ended at Old Trafford on September 4, as Manchester United beat them 3-1. With their last weekend’s league game against Everton postponed following the death of The Queen, Mikel Arteta will want to sign off for the international break by reclaiming the top spot having lost it to Manchester City, who beat Wolves 3-0 away on Saturday.
However, the north London giants will face a Brentford side full of confidence as Thomas Frank’s men head into the fixture on the back of a 5-2 thrashing of Leeds United.
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Emile Smith Rowe is a big doubt for the trip to Brentford, after suffering a groin injury against Man United. Oleksandr Zinchenko is a touch and go, while Cedric Soares faces a late fitness test.
Mikel Arteta has been handed an injury boost as Thomas Partey was pictured training with the first team and looks likely to be included in the squad after recovering from a thigh problem.
Predicted Arsenal Lineup vs Brentford (4-2-3-1)
Arsenal are expected to set up in their usual 4-2-3-1 system with Aaron Ramsdale in goal. Ramsdale will go in search of his third clean sheet of the season when the Gunners take on Brentford.
In front of Ramsdale, the likes of Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney should start in a back four. Tierney will replace the injured Zinchenko at left-back, while White’s good form should see him keep his place at right-back.
The Arsenal defence must be vigilant for the entire 90 minutes to keep Ivan Toney and co. at bay on Sunday.
Thomas Partey could be thrown straight into the starting XI against the Bees. Partey’s return to the fold is massive for Arsenal, and the Ghanaian will hold the midfield alongside Granit Xhaka. The midfield duo will need to be energetic and smart in west London to stop Mathias Jensen from dictating terms.
Martin Odegaard is the glue between the midfield and attack. The Norwegian playmaker will look to get more on the ball, find pockets of spaces behind the opposition backline and influence play in the final third.
Gabriel Jesus is a certainty to lead the attack for Arsenal against Brentford, with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli lining up on the flanks. Jesus’ hold-up play and aerial ability, coupled with Saka and Martinelli’s pace and flair from wide areas, will be a constant threat for the Brentford defenders.
Youngster Eddie Nketiah has impressed often when coming off the bench, and it remains to be seen whether he will be involved in the London derby.
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