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Arsenal vs Brentford: Premier League Preview, H2H & Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal and Brentford are set to square off in their first-ever Premier League showdown at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. 

Gabriel Magalhaes’ controversial goal at Molineux last weekend fired the Gunners to a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, ending their run of five competitive matches without a win (D2, L3).

The Brazilian centre-back’s strike also brought Arsenal’s embarrassing four-game scoring drought to a halt while getting their top-four pursuit back on track. 

Despite trailing fourth-placed Manchester United by four points, the Londoners have three games in hand, meaning they have plenty to look forward to in the remainder of the season. 

And while Arsenal appear to be galloping towards their first Premier League top-four finish since the 2015/16 campaign, Brentford look to be running out of steam following a decent start to the season.

Thomas Frank’s men at least snapped a run of five consecutive league defeats with an uneventful scoreless home draw with Crystal Palace last time out. 

But the Bees’ abysmal domestic form in 2022 puts them at risk of being sucked into a dreaded relegation battle as they now sit seven points above 18th-placed Norwich City in the Premier League table

Arsenal vs Brentford Head-to-Head

Goals from Sergi Canos and Christain Norgaard either side of half-time secured a comfortable 2-0 triumph for Brentford in their maiden Premier League meeting with Arsenal back in August.

The Gunners are staring at the prospect of suffering their first top-flight double against a newly-promoted side for the first time since a brace of defeats to Blackburn Rovers in 1992/93.

However, Arsenal have fond memories of their last home game against Brentford, having run out 3-1 victors in their 2018/19 Carabao Cup last-32 tie at the Emirates. 

Arsenal Preview

After a run of five Premier League home wins to close 2021 out, Mikel Arteta’s men have gone winless in both league matches at the Emirates this year (D1, L1). 

Arsenal should feel confident about their chances of getting back to winning ways here, given that they are unbeaten in their last 32 Premier League home games against promoted teams (W27, D5).

There is another positive for the Emirates faithful, as the Gunners have not lost any of their last 28 top-flight fixtures at home kicking off at 3 pm on Saturdays (W23, D5).

All eyes will be on Alexandre Lacazette, who has netted 12 Premier League goals in London derbies at this venue, with his tally second to none so far. 

Brentford Preview

Brentford have lost each of their last four Premier League away matches, last enduring a longer losing streak in league action on the road back in February 2011. 

Conceding first is likely to dent their hopes of defying their annoying recent away record, as they have only rescued two points from the possible 24 after falling behind on the road this term (D2, L6). 

Additionally, the Bees have found the away goals hard to come by recently, scoring just once in their last four Premier League travels while drawing a blank in the last two on the trot. 

So under-pressure boss Frank will pray Ivan Toney is back in time from a calf injury after netting his side’s last three goals in the competition. 

Arsenal vs Brentford Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Alexandre Lacazette.

Brentford (3-5-2): David Raya; Kristoffer Ajer, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock; Sergi Canos, Frank Onyeka, Christian Norgaard, Mathias Jensen, Rico Henry; Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney. 

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