Arsenal Lose To Championship Club Brentford In Friendly
Arsenal were beaten 3-2 by Championship club Brentford in a behind-closed doors friendly at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The game was part of Arsenal’s preparations for the restart of the Premier League season.
On Saturday Arsenal thrashed Charlton Athletic 6-0 in their first friendly game.
Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette were the scorers for Mikel Arteta side.
Arsenal’s first chance of the game came when Nicolas Pepe swung in a cross from the right, only for Bukayo Saka’s contact to not prove substantial enough to find the net.
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Next it was Willock’s turn to go close from a cross, but he was unable to get the right contact to convert from Kieran Tierney’s cross.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then cut in from the left before stinging the palms of the Brentford goalkeeper.
Five minutes before the interval Arsenal broke the deadlock with a low ball across the edge of the box finding Willock, who coolly slotted home.
Pepe went close to doubling Arsenal’s advantage when he hit the post with seconds remaining of the first half.
Mikel Arteta made five changes at the interval, with David Luiz, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette all coming on.
Bernd Leno would soon pull off an impressive save to deny Shandon Baptiste, before Shkodran Mustafi went close at the other end with a header from a corner.
Maitland-Niles and Lacazette then almost replicated the latter’s strike against Charlton, only for the former Olympique Lyon striker to fire over.
Tarique Fosu levelled the scores for Brentford with just under 20 minutes remaining when he sent a powerful rising strike past Emi Martinez.
Arsenal hit back straight away, with a neat swivel from Lacazette working the space for a low left-footed finish that beat goalkeeper Luke Daniels.
Shortly after, Brentford drew level again through Halil Dervisoglu who was sent through to send a low strike inside the far post after Lacazette was robbed of possession in his own half before.
The turnaround was complete for the visitors just moments from the final whistle, when Baptiste converted after Brentford forced a turnover in possession.
Arsenal first half eleven vs Brentford:
Arsenal Second half eleven vs Brentford:
60 – Martinez for Leno
60 – Sokratis for Bellerin
60 – Holding for Mustafi
60 – Kolasinac for Tierney
60 – Nelson for Aubameyang
60 – Martinelli for Saka
85 – Coyle for Nelson
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