ARSENAL have taken the lead at home to Brentford thanks to Emile Smith Rowe’s brilliant run and finish.

The Gunners kicked off their season with a one-sided 2-0 loss at Brentford, in the Bees first Premier League game.

Arsenal currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table, four points from Manchester United in fourth.

  • Kick-off time: 3pm
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
  • TV channel: Unfortunately the game is not available to watch in the UK due to Uefa’s blackout rule.
  • Arsenal line-up: Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Lacazette, Smith Rowe.
  • Brentford line-up: Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Jensen, Norgaard, Da Silva, Henry, Mbeumo, Wissa.

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  • Arsenal 1-0 Brentford

    47. The perfect start to the second half for Mikel Arteta’s men who didn’t need a cross to score a goal after all.

    Whatever the boss said at half time has worked.

  • Goal! – Smith-Rowe puts Arsenal in the lead!

  • Second half – Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    And we are back at the Emirates for the second 45.

  • Brief summary of the first 45

    There wasn’t much to shout about within the opening half of the game in all honesty.

    Arsenal completely dominated from the first whistle putting a numerous amount of pressure on the Bees defence without really causing a major threat in front of goal.

    Alexandre Lacazette did have his effort ruled out due to offside and the Gunners had a couple of penalty appeals but Jonathan Moss wasn’t interested.

    Hopefully we get a more entertaining second 45 where Brentford put up more of a fight.

  • Opening half based on numbers

    The Gunners have dominated every statistic on the board by a landslide and the Bees haven’t got anywhere near them.

    But the one which stands out the most is the amount of crosses they have put in.

    A staggering 32 crosses!

    I think the players have forgotten that Olivier Giroud doesn’t represent them anymore.

  • Half time – Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    Not the blockbuster performance we expected at the Emirates so far from either side.

    If anything, it has been a tale full of corners and crosses instead.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    45+2. There’s been no way through for Arsenal this half because the Bees have stood firm.

    Mikel Arteta is going to have to do something in the second half otherwise this will be an opportunity missed for his side.

  • Four minutes of stoppage time has been added!

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    43. Jensen is back on his feet and has trudged to the side-lines to receive further treatment which means the Bees are down to ten men at the moment.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    42. Mathias Jensen is down and in need of some treatment following a shot from Bukayo Saka that awkwardly hit him in the torso.

    It’s not looking too good for the Bees midfielder.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    40. For all of Arsenal’s pressure, they are yet to really test the hands of David Raya which they’ll be disappointed with.

    But there is still five minutes plus stoppage time left to change the half time team talk.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford – Another penalty appeal!

    36. Cedric lashed a shot which seemed to have hit the arm of Yoane Wissa who came sliding in from a mile off but Jonathan Moss waved play on.

    The Arsenal side are furious and so is Mikel Arteta because that could have been a penalty.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    33. Business open as usual because Thomas Frank’s men head it clear without any troubles.

    Arsenal really need to start doing something with these corners otherwise it could cause them some serious regret.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    31. Yet another corner has been won by the Gunners.

    It really is turning into an attack vs defence training session.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    28. Cedric swung in a decent ball on this occasion instead of Bukayo Saka.

    However, Kristoffer Ajer dealt with it comfortably so it’s back to the drawing board for Arsenal.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    26. Brentford seemed to have weathered the constant storm by the Gunners but they have given away another corner.

    This is Arsenal’s 5th corner of the game already.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford – Lacazette that was dreadful!

    23. Granit Xhaka did well to intercept Christian Noorgard’s pass before finding Alex Lacazette in acres of space.

    And instead of the Frenchman picking out Emile Smith-Rowe’s run, he opted to shoot and the effort went well wide of the mark.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford – unlucky Partey!

    20. Normally when Thomas Partey ventures forward and has a shot, it tends to hit the pigeons on the roof.

    However, the Ghanaian international managed to keep his shot down making David Raya in the Brentford goal nervous.

    But the effort trickled just wide of the mark.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    18. That’s better from the Bees.

    Bryan Mbuemo skipped past Kieran Tierney before driving down the right wing and digging out a cross.

    But unfortunately, none of his teammates were on the same page as him which meant Arsenal were able to easily cut it out.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    16. The disallowed goal hasn’t thrown the North London club off their game as they continue to dominate the game.

    Thomas Frank needs to react and fast.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford

    13. It was brilliant patterns of play between Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Alex Lacazette.

    However the Frenchman just strayed offside and the correct decision was given.

    Brentford have used a life line.

  • Jonathan Ross has ruled it out for offside!

    The Emirates is not happy.

  • Goal! – Lacazette grabs the opener!

  • Arsenal 0-0 Brentford – Was that a penalty?!

    9. The Arsenal players were screaming at the referee to check an incident with Lacazette and Kristoffer Ajaer.

    But the referee wasn’t interested.

    Credit: PA



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