“The Bees sting the Gunners”
Mikel Arteta saw his Arsenal side beaten 2-0 at Brentford
Brentford celebrated their return to top-flight in some style by beating Arsenal 2-0 at Brentford Community Stadium.
The first half was an absolute disaster for the Gunners, they hardly created anything, although the second half was quite decent as they started penetrating the passes, Ben White and Kieran Tierney played a couple of balls to Smith Rowe. But still, it’s the same old Arsenal, they look very soft, they look like you can easily bully them and that’s embarrassing for a top English side.
Although, Brentford could easily have scored more goals Especially in the first half with Mbeumo hitting the outside of the post with his effort. The second half was quite even, The Gunners played a lot better even though the goalkeeper Leno had a poor game, he did make a couple of good saves throughout the game but the way Brentford played made him pretty helpless with that defence. On the other goal, David Raya had a great game, keeping the clean sheet courtesy of some great saves including one from Pepe, the best move of the game by the Gunners which would’ve easily gone in on another day.
What they need is a couple of leaders coming in who can lead by example. They were heavily limited by the lack of availability of Lacazette and Aubameyang. Enough though they had good individual performances, Brentford had a very complete performance. As for now, this team screams as a weak young inexperienced side. They need direction, they need two or three real old senior pros to teach them the ropes, to how to win, how to be hard, and how to be brave, as in this match, they weren’t brave enough to pass the ball into areas where there’s a chance to lose it. They did dominate in almost every stat but that wasn’t good enough to take home the desired 3 points. Arsenal’s best chance came in the second half with Xhaka with his left foot smashing it goalwards. But not enough penetration, not enough players who are taking chances, not enough creative moves were what was missing from them.
Rubbing salt into the wound, this game was being recorded and will be put on Arsenal’s Amazon Prime Video show All or Nothing. So not a good start for the Gunners in both of the aspects.
Although, the moment of the match came in the 59th Minute, when Bukayo came in for Folarin Balogun, receiving a warm reception from everyone in the stadium following the racist abuse he got from people all around the world for missing a crucial penalty in the shootout against Italy in the Euro 2020 Final
Now with this win, Brentford has lost all their inhibitions, they’ve got rid of all that fear whilst having points on the board already, so they have all the confidence in the world to challenge the big teams whilst being on top of the table (for a few hours at least). Arsenal, on the other hand, will have to be careful and take no teams for granted for the rest of the season if they want to finish top of the table or at least the top 4.