Odegaard and Jesus available, we’ll see White – Arteta
Arsenal travel to Brentford for a difficult game as the Premier League resumes after the international break. Mikel Arteta’s men started the day a point clear but trailed Manchester City and Liverpool in the table and will keep the pressure on the champions with a win tonight.
Brentford, who have had another outstanding season, have already had success against some top teams this year, drawing with Tottenham and beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Frank is targeting a place in the top 10 and possibly a place in Europe after the Bees’ great start. To achieve this they must continue to take points away from the bigger clubs.
Aaron Ramsdale has another chance to impress his manager as his starting position in goal is confirmed. David Raya, Arteta’s seemingly first-choice goalkeeper, cannot play against his parent club and a strong performance from Ramsdale will keep him in the Spaniard’s mind. The game is Arteta’s 200th game in all competitions and he has the most wins compared to any previous Arsenal manager to reach this milestone.
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NO GOAL! Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 45 minutes
Leandro Trossard nods home from close range!
A few close calls for offside but I think this one will hold up. Things are a little lax from Brentford, pushing forward but not far enough as Bukayo Saka picks out Gabriel Jesus behind the defensive line.
Jesus should score, but he doesn’t manage to beat Mark Flekken, who makes an excellent save but can’t get the ball out of the danger zone. Trossard is on site to put the finishing touches…but was he there? There’s a long VAR check…
And he’s just offside! Trossard’s left foot is directly in front of Gabriel Jesus as the striker heads towards goal and it is canceled out! It remains goalless!
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:12 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 40 minutes
Better from visitors. A Jesus shot is deflected twice, forcing Mark Flekken to make a save. The goalkeeper can’t contain himself – a corner.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:11 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 38 minutes
A goal on the other hand would do everyone in the rather bright yellow Arsenal shirts good. Gabriel Jesus has a glimpse of an over, the angle is tight and his attempt is cut up as he bursts into the box.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:10 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 36 minutes
Oh dear. Aaron Ramsdale makes another mistake by missing his throw and sending the ball flying to his toes. He has to make a hasty retreat towards the goal as Brentford sweep up the stones. They fail to capitalize, but the goalkeeper looks shaken, tossing his bad right arm as the home crowd once again reminds him of his inferiority to on-loan David Raya. Ramsdale needs to restart mentally.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:09 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 33 minutes
Strong Ramsdale goalkeeper fighting between bodies to knock the ball away.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:03 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 32 minutes
Now Brentford converts an Arsenal corner, William Saliba hits a cross from behind and the ball flies behind. Three Brentford players immediately surround Aaron Ramsdale.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:02 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 31 minutes
A few whistles and boos as Bukayo Saka prepares to take the shot, but this time he’s quick enough, Gabriel Magalha is the target of the throw but hits the back of the side netting with a clumsy header attempt.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:01 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 30 minutes
Good work from Gabriel Jesus and even better from Ethan Pinnock. About ten meters from the goal, Jesus gets the ball into his feet and turns cleverly, but Pinnock stays with him and blocks the ball with his foot as the Arsenal striker releases his shot.
Arsenal soon win a corner.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 6:00 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 27 minutes
Bryan Mbeumo receives some applause from his manager and the crowd after using clever footwork to free himself from a trap on the right. Brentford wasted the resulting possession, but it was a neat trick from the Cameroon international.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 5:59 p.m
Brentford 0-0 Arsenal, 25 minutes
Another chance for Trossard. It’s a beautiful ball from Oleksandr Zinchenko that is sent over Kristoffer Ajer’s head and onto his teammate’s head, but the Belgian fails to find the right connection to deflect the cross into the goal.
Harry Latham CoyleNovember 25, 2023 5:56 p.m