Arsenal will host Brentford at the Emirates on Saturday, 19th Feb evening in the Premier League.
A win over Brentford in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday would give Arsenal a better chance of finishing in the top four.
The Gunners will be out for vengeance against the Bees, who shocked the Premier League by winning 2-0 at home against Mikel Arteta’s side on the opening day of the season.
Arsenal stopped a five-game winless streak in all competitions on Thursday night as they earned a narrow 1-0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
After earning two bookings in the space of a few seconds, Gabriel Martinelli was sent off in the 52nd minute, but the Gunners’ tap-in in the 25th minute was enough to put them ahead and help them earn their first three points of the season thus far in 2022.
Mikel Arteta’s side is currently in sixth place in the Premier League rankings, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United but with three games remaining.
After all, Arsenal won’t have to worry about European competitions or domestic cup competitions for the rest of the season. And with plenty of points still up for grabs, Arteta and co. will be confident of holding off their competitors for a Champions League berth in the coming months.
It is the first of eight games that Arsenal will play against clubs outside the so-called top six in the Premier League this season; nevertheless, they cannot afford to take the Bees lightly after suffering a shock loss in the reverse meeting last season.
Mikel Arteta’s side suffered their first defeat on the opening day of the season. It was the first of three successive defeats that saw Arsenal drop to the bottom of the Premier League standings by the end of August. Gunners have won 18 Premier League games at that time, with only Manchester City (18) and Liverpool (14) having more victories (12).
Arsenal has a 32-game undefeated home record in the Premier League against newly promoted opponents, and they will be confident of defeating Brentford this weekend if they play their best football.
At the weekend, Brentford held Crystal Palace to a goalless draw at Griffin Park, preventing them from suffering their sixth consecutive loss across all competitions.
Thomas Frank will likely be pleased with his team’s defensive performance, which saw them keep their first clean sheet since beating Everton 1-0 in November last year. However, the Danish coach will be well aware that his side’s form must improve quickly if they are to avoid falling into the relegation zone.
Even though the Bees are now 14th in the Premier League table, seven points above the relegation zone, all six clubs in the division below them have at least one game in hand.
With no victories in their previous eight away games in the Premier League, including six losses and two draws, Brentford go to the Emirates Stadium this weekend looking to snap their losing streak. They have surrendered at least twice in each of their eight games during this unlucky run.
Frank’s men, on the other hand, will have good memories of their encounter with the Gunners after their joyful opening-day triumph on home soil. If the Bees can get all three points again on Saturday, they would become the first promoted side to accomplish the Premier League double against Arsenal since Blackburn Rovers did it in the 1992-93 season.
ARS vs BRE, EPL 2021/22
Date: 19th February 2022
Time: 8:30 PM IST
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal Premier League form:
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Brentford Premier League form:
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Arsenal wins: 4
Brentford wins: 6
In the wake of his contentious red card during the victory against Wolves, Gabriel Martinelli will be unavailable for this match. The young Brazilian attacker got sent off in the last game against Wolves and will not be available for selection this time.
But there is some good news in the form of Takehiro Tomiyasu. The defender is ramping up his efforts to return to the starting lineup this weekend after suffering a calf injury in the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool. He has been out since the match.
Christian Eriksen, who played with Josh Dasilva in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Southend United, might be featured for Brentford this weekend.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Lacazette
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Jensen, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney
Following the loss of points by West Ham and Tottenham over the previous week, Arsenal will be under pressure to make the most of their remaining games. Currently, the Gunners are in excellent form, and they cannot afford to suffer a setback this weekend.
Brentford is capable of delivering a powerful punch on their best days, but they have only managed one point in their previous ten Premier League games. Arsenal seems to be the superior team on paper, and they should be able to claim victory in this encounter.
Predicted Score: ARS 3-1 BRE
ARS vs BRE Fantasy XI No. 1
Ramsdale; White, Gabriel, Tierney, Jansson; Saka, Smith Rowe, Jensen, Lacazette, Mbeumo, Toney
ARS vs BRE Fantasy XI No. 2
Ramsdale; Gabriel, Tierney, Pinnock; Jensen, Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe; Lacazette, Mbeumo, Toney