Arsenal will be looking to get some revenge on Brentford who outplayed them back on the opening day of the season. Things have improved since then for Arteta and his men and they sit sixth four points behind fourth with games in hand. The North-London outfit are out of all competitions so finishing fourth so they have no distractions in the race to finish fourth. This marks the start of a decent run where only one of their next seven (pending re-arranged games) is against a team in the top eight.
At the Emirates, the Gunners need to re-discover their form after a draw against Burnley and prior to that a loss to Man City. In games prior to that they were flying with victories in seven of eight at home. Their defence is looking strong with just one of the last six to visit here netting. The last five goals they have scored at home in the league have come from different players.
Brentford drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace last time out to end a losing run that had stretched to five games. Still just one point from their last seven has left them looking over their shoulder at the chasing pack. The Bees sit 14th on 24 points which is seven above Norwich in 18th. They will be hoping that influential front man Ivan Toney is able to return to action here.
Away from home, the London outfit have struggled losing each of their last four and going winless in eight. When you take out visits to Anfield and the Etihad they have netted at least once in six of their last eight away fixtures. They have though struggled at the back shipping at least two goals in each of eight Premier League away days. In three of their last four away they’ve conceded a goal in the five minutes prior to the half-time interval.
Arsenal vs Brentford: Match Stats
Arsenal have won seven of their last ten home matches and they should win here to boost their Champions League hopes. Brentford have lost six and won none of their last eight so might not be able to repeat their opening day heroics. They do though look capable of scoring as they showed in the opening day their physicality can cause the Gunners problems so back a home victory and both teams to score.
Emile Smith-Rowe has struggled to get back into the Arsenal starting 11 but the suspension of Gabriel Martinelli means he should start here. The English midfielder has an excellent eight goals from midfield and should get opportunies here against a Brentford defence that has shipped two or more goals in each of their last eight on the road.
Arsenal vs Brentford: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Brentford
Arsenal vs Brentford: Odds
Arsenal vs Brentford: Head to Head
13 August 2021- Brentford 2-0 Arsenal- Premier League
26 September 2018 – Arsenal 3-1 Brentford – League Cup
26 May 1947 – Brentford 0-1 Arsenal – Division One
12 October 1946 – Arsenal 2-2 Brentford – Division One
6 May 1939 – Arsenal 2-0 Brentford – Division One
The reverse fixture came on the opening day of the season and saw Brentford impress in a 2-0 victory thanks a goal each from Sergi Canos and Christian Noregaard. The only although meeting in the last decade came in the League Cup in September 2018 which Arsenal won 3-1. The previous meeting then came in May 1947 so there is nothing to be read into the head-to-head record before that.