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Arsenal VS Brentford Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 19 Feb 2022

Arsenal VS Brentford Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 19 Feb 2022

Arsenal will be looking to boost their chances of finishing in the top four with a victory against Brentford in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners will be seeking revenge against the Bees, who began life in the top flight with a surprise 2-0 home win over Mikel Arteta’s men on the opening day of the season. Arsenal ended a five-game winless run across all competitions when they claimed a slender 1-0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers last Thursday night.

Despite Gabriel Martinelli’s bizarre dismissal midway through the second half, after receiving two bookings in the space of a few seconds, a 25th-minute tap-in from Gabriel Magalhaes was enough to separate the two sides and help the Gunners secure their first three points in 2022. Mikel Arteta’s men are now positioned sixth in the Premier League table, four points behind Manchester United in fourth but with three games in hand.

With no European competition or domestic cups to consider for the rest of the season, Arsenal will be solely focused on finishing in the top four, and with plenty of points still to play for, Arteta and co will be confident of fending off their rivals for a Champions League spot. Saturday’s game against Brentford is the first in a run of eight fixtures the Gunners will have against teams outside the so-called top six; however, they cannot take the Bees lightly after suffering a surprise defeat in the reverse fixture.

Arsenal’s opening-day loss was the first of three consecutive setbacks at the beginning of the campaign, which saw Arteta’s men plummet to the foot of the table at the end of August. Since then, however, only Manchester City (18) and Liverpool (14) have won more top-flight games than the Gunners (12). With Arsenal boasting a 32-game unbeaten home record in the Premier League against promoted teams, they will fancy their chances of beating Brentford this weekend.

Brentford avoided a seventh successive defeat in all competitions when they played out a goalless draw at home against Crystal Palace last weekend. Thomas Frank will have been pleased with his side’s defensive display, keeping their first clean sheet since beating Everton 1-0 in November last year, but the Dane will be aware that their form needs to improve quickly if they are to avoid slipping into a relegation battle.

The Bees currently sit 14th in the Premier League standings, seven points above the drop zone, but all six teams below them have at least one game in hand. Brentford head to the Emirates this weekend after failing to win any of their last eight away matches in the top flight, including six defeats and two draws, and they have conceded at least twice in each game during this unwanted run.

Frank’s men will, however, have fond memories of facing the Gunners after their jubilant opening-day victory on home soil. Securing all three points again on Saturday would see the Bees become the first promoted team to complete the Premier League double over Arsenal since Blackburn Rovers in the 1992-93 campaign.

Arsenal’s win over Wolves was monumental for the north Londoners in the context of the Premier League top four race. Since the Gunners played their last game ten days earlier, there have been massive developments elsewhere, with the likes of Tottenham and West Ham United dropping points.

Arsenal are in a good position to finish in the top four, with their position solidified following the narrow victory over Wolves. After Gabriel Martinelli’s bizarre dismissal, the Gunners put in a tremendous defensive display in the last twenty minutes of the match to hold on to a crucial win. Arsenal’s next few fixtures look favourable on paper, and Mikel Arteta will be eying maximum points out of these. They now face Brentford, with memories fresh from the season’s opening day, when the Bees beat the Gunners 2-0.

The tables have turned now though, as Brentford come into the clash in dismal form. Great things were expected from the Bees after their good start to the season. However, they are currently on a winless streak stretching to six Premier League games. They did manage to stop their losing streak against Crystal Palace last time out, which should boost their confidence.

Meanwhile, Mathias Jorgensen is deemed unfit and will not feature against Arsenal. Ivan Toney, who has missed the last two games for Brentford, remains in danger of being sidelined against Arsenal. His importance in the team is unquestioned, and Thomas Frank confirmed that he will undergo a late test to determine his availability. If the assessments are positive, Toney will feature in the matchday squad, although he will not be ready for a start. His potential absence from the lineup could allow Yoane Wissa to continue his striker partnership with Bryan Mbeumo.

Frank is expected to go with the usual back three featuring Kristoffer Ajer, Pontus Jansson and Ethan Pinnock, with Rico Henry and Sergi Canos as potential candidates for the wing-back roles. The manager could retain the shape of his midfield which could feature Mathias Jansen, Christian Norgaard and Vitaly Janelt.

Brentford had ambitions to finish in the top half but now find themselves closer to the relegation zone, with seven points separating them from 18th placed Norwich City. Thomas Frank needs an upturn in form, and will be looking to guide his team to a historic league double over their London rivals. There will be a late decision on the Japan international’s inclusion from the start. Cedric Soares could deputise once more, especially after a positive game against Wolves. However, if the opportunity presents itself, Arteta will likely field Tomiyasu at right-back.

There are no changes expected to the rest of the defence, with Ben White, Gabriel, and Kieran Tierney expected to take their places ahead of Aaron Ramsdale in goal. Second-choice stopper Bernd Leno is also fit again after a bout of Covid since the team returned from their Dubai trip. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka are expected to continue their midfield partnership, with Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny being options on the bench. Martin Odegaard will play in the advanced midfield role, slightly behind the front three.

Martinelli’s absence will see Emile Smith Rowe start on the left side of the attack, with Bukayo Saka the preferred choice ahead of Nicolas Pepe on the right. Alexandre Lacazette will continue to lead the attack and captain the side, while Eddie Nketiah will have to be content with a place on the bench.

Arsenal made a return to winning ways last time out by beating Wolves 1-0. The Gunners have kept clean sheets in three of their last four matches in all competitions and look strong at the back right now, while Brentford have lost five of their last six matches in league and cup and have failed to score in three of their last six outings.

Arsenal defender, Gabriel, was the hero against Wolves last time out, scoring the game’s only goal in the 25th-minute. Arsenal and Arteta need to return to winning ways to keep their dreams of a spot in the Champions League alive. The Gunners now sit 2pts behind 4th-placed West Ham and have three games in hand on the Hammers, so if Arsenal can put a good run together there is no reason why they can’t make the final Champions League place their own.

The Bees welcomed Crystal Palace to the Brentford Community Stadium last weekend where the pair produced a goalless draw that won’t live long in the memory. That point leaves Brentford sitting 14th in the Premier League table but a defeat on Saturday could see the Bees slip another two or three places down the table if the likes of Leeds, Everton and Newcastle are victorious in their games. Brentford looked for a long time that they would avoid a relegation battle but the teams below them have started to win games while their own form has been poor.

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