Arsenal coast to 3-1 win over Championship side Brentford

Arsenal have coasted to a 3-1 win over Brentford today, booking their place in the fourth round of the League Cup.

The Bees turned up with a decent side for the clash, but our squad players were more than enough to control the match.

Danny Welbeck opened the scoring fairly early into the match, with a clean headed goal into the far corner, and doubled that lead through a neat team goal in the last 10 minutes of the second half.

Brentford were holding their own for much of the game but were struggling to make many clear cut chances, and our dominance was beginning to show more and more.

Judge managed to pull one back for Brentford just before the hour-mark, but his side failed to build any momentum from that, and never looked like they would be able to pull level. Alexandre Lacazette was thrown into the match and closed off the game 3-1 in injury time,

In all fairness, a 2-1 win wouldn’t have shown just how much control of the match we did have, and the 3-1 final scoreline is definitely more fair. We didn’t need to throw in any big players on with any big jobs and should be nice and rested for the weekend ahead.

Does Welbeck’s showing mean he could push his way into Emery’s plans? Does he deserve to play in a front three with Laca and Aubz?

Pat J

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  1. RSH says:

    Pretty comfortable game. Iwobi, Welbz, and Miki were a great front three. The 2nd goal was especially nice. Thought Lichtsteiner and Holding had a nice game as well. The only negative is again the goal conceded giving opposition a chance, but Emery’s subs were smart enough for us to see out the game. Laca with another goal is only a good thing as well. Watford up next and this will probably be our hardest game since Chelsea. COYG!

    1. gotanidea says:

      I don’t think Lichtsteiner had a good game

      But I’m happy that Welbeck has still got it, despite the defenders he faced are not from EPL

    2. john hodges says:

      sue did it work did you watch the game?i had problems i kept getting a stop picture up to the 70 min then no problems.

      1. Sue says:

        It kept breaking up, so in the end I just put sky sports on & saw the goals on there. Thanks though John

        1. Protiq says:

          yo admin, is player rating articles are discontinued?

    3. Neil says:

      Iwobi welbz and Miki woukd have been starters a few years ago.. the fact they’re second string wirh Laca PEA and Ozil as first team shows some squad strength.

  2. Robin Vanpayslip - because I'm worth it says:

    They had to play in MK. Need I say more…..

  3. gotanidea says:

    The opponent is not of EPL quality, but we can see our players’ strengths and weaknesses:

    – Welbeck: The best player in this match. Very involved, worked hard to press, robbed the opponents several times and intelligent with his passes/ movements (very unlike Welbeck!)

    – Smith-Rowe: Very uninspiring when attacking, but chased the opponents around. He is still very young, hence I hope he has not reached his limit yet

    – Mkhitaryan: Excellent movements and pressed hard as usual. He was really good as a right winger, therefore I hope Emery would start him there in EPL

    – Iwobi: He is growing in the left wing position

    – Elneny: I liked his energy in pressing, but nothing much apart from his excellent mobility

    – Guendouzi: He is Arsenal’s best player in tackling/ interception in EPL and it really showed in this match. I believe he is going to be a world class DM in the future, with those amazing statistics, excellent work ethic, good skills, guts and high stamina

    – Monreal: The best fullback tonight, especially when attacking

    – Lichtsteiner: Did not do well in attacking and so-so in defending. Either he is still rusty or he has been aging

    – Mustafi: Another big silly mistake, but excellent performance throughout the match. One day, those silly mistakes and errors could be punished by a top opponent

    – Holding: Did well

    – Leno: No real test

  4. Sue says:

    3 really good goals!

    1. gotanidea says:

      Too soon to conclude

      1. Hackinubee says:

        Apart from being an exaggerated “modern” goalkeeper, Leno is no where near Cech’s quality… Even with being comfortable, he almost scored an own goal from a back pass yesterday

      2. Midkemma says:

        No it isn’t.
        Some people refuse to accept and will look for any excuse to try and argue Leno starting.

        The goal we conceded was one which Leno should have saved, it wasn’t in the top corner bouncing in off the post… It was quite central. I have seen Cech make saves that would have saved that free kick.

        No surprise though when you claim there was no real test and that free kick was a real test which he failed miserably at.

    2. Micheal says:

      Cech for me

  5. Wenger says:

    I like Emery, despite having a 2-1 lead against Brentford in Carabao cup, he decided to put on Lacazette to put it to bed. Winner mindset for sure.

    1. Gunner22 says:

      Yes Wenger, unlike Arsene, Emery is taking this cup serious by playing a good balanced team rather than the youngsters during the previous era. Emery is showing good signs and wiill make us elite once more. Good statergy and decent result, he is getting the team to gel and giving the bench players game time.

  6. herb says:

    What pains me today is that we had the chance to buy Matteo Kovacic (a world class player) and left the golden chance now he is making chelsea a force to be reckoned.
    Whenever I see him playing in Chelsea it makes me wanna cry.

    1. Someone says:

      kovacic is not a world class player.

      1. McLovin says:

        Kovacic is not a world class player and never has been.

        1. herb says:

          When he played in the first half he made Keita look like an amateur!!!!

  7. Pires says:

    A good win. Now bring on Watford!!!!!

  8. mobella says:

    I need someone knowledgeable about English football to please tell me how many quality teams do we have in England and the probability of arsenal playing against and not any one of them in cup games or EPL. Also if it is not appropriate to celebrate any win that is not against those quality teams. I have being reading some opinions that state we defeated some teams because they are mediocre or not quality but when those mediocre teams defeat us, we are a shit team. I don’t know having a right to air an opinion can make one utter a senseless and unfounded statement. I just watched Barcelona lost to leganes and also watched united lost to Derby last night but when we beat such teams it is because they are sh…t and we shouldn’t celebrate.

    1. Bosabina says:

      Spot on! Most arsenal fans are confused I guess… the media has brainwashed them to an extent that they don’t know where they belong to anymore. Is abig shame!

    2. adi says:

      A win is a win. Beating teams in lower division is just as good as beating Real Madrid or Barcelona. Being able to beat anyteam is a quality of its own. The structure of any football competition, whether is the league, domestic cup, continenntal cup, is not about beating the best, but beating everyone.

  9. Chuky chuks says:

    @Mobella, you really hit the nail on the head, most of us arsenal fans never feel happy when we win but will be quick to crucify the team when they fail to win, I know we are not there yet but let’s enjoy it while it lasted.

  10. Phil says:

    So it appears Ramsey’s contract talks have broken down and he now appears to be off at the end of the season on a free transfer.Knowing how injury prone the player has been over the years might I suggest we ensure he is fit and injury free for his new club by dropping him immediately from the squad and let him rot away till the day he is off our books.No more pampering to him any longer.He wants out then let’s get him out of the side NOW.

    1. Innit says:

      he can still be sold in January or decide to sign

    2. jon fox says:

      Phil, Let us all be honest. When Ramsey signed for us, aged still 17 , we all had huge hopes. But apart from little moments of glory here and there and two FA Cup winning goals(which I do not belittle) and one super HALF season BACK in 2013-14, he has been a major disappointment . Often injured, he has proved a selfish player, always looking for personal goal glory at the teams expense. Had he been even remotely in the Lampard/ Gerrard class as a regular and fully committed midfield goalscorer, we would put up with the downside of his irritating flicks and other bad habits. BUT , he is not is the same league as those two giants were. Fans are endlessly hopeful , by nature, and would even now still take his side, IF he did not have unrealistic ideas of his own ability and worth. To sum up, I am with you, heart and soul and would get him out of the club , this morning, if I could. Ramsey is our mediocre past , NOT our future.

    3. Hackinubee says:

      I think Emery Also has his say in the matter, telling it to everyone that a player with less than 12 months left is an integral part of his plan, that itself is a bargaining chip although Emery hasn’t said it again for awhile now

  11. ozziegunner says:

    Congratulations to Danny Welbeck for his brace, who is obviously showing the benefit of the shooting practice he is putting in under Unai Emery. Great header for the first and after a great build up he didn’t trip over his feet for the second goal. Lacazette clinical for the third.
    Guendouzi’s foul was stupid to give the opportunity for Brentford to score.
    Watford away will be a good test. COYG!

    1. ozziegunner says:

      By the way, Unai Emery was able to bring Lacazette and Torreira off the bench; a bit different to the loss last year against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

    2. jon fox says:

      Ozzie, you would have to be a real misery guts not to warm to Danny as a human being. Modest, grounded, hard working and a real team player, I have to say that as a man he is one of the most likeable Arsenal players ever. But, sadly, he is just short of top class and we all know that. I do not say he is remotely a bad player, as he clearly isn’t. But we should be realistic and admit he is not worth a Prem place , in front of our two top strikers. But he can play wide and always works hard, so personally I would play him, with Auba and Laca(both more centrally) against Watford and leave both Ramsey AND Ozil out of the side. My team when all are fit for Prem games would be: Cech, Licht, Sokratis, Mavropanos(Holding), Monreal, Torreira, Maitland- Niles, Myki, Welbeck, Auba, Laca. You will see I leave out Bellerin, Mustafi and Xhaka, who I consider all weak links. Ramsey and Ozil are just not worth a shirt this season and Guendouzi would be first midfield change for sub. I might consider using Bellerin but ONLY as out and out winger. As a defender, along with Mustafi, he is a bad joke. There would be far more hard work and dynamism in this team than when the “weak links” play.

      1. Hackinubee says:

        if you’d been paying attention Jon, you’d realize that Mavro is injured and can’t play

        1. Midkemma says:

          I hate to defend Jon dude but he did say:
          “My team when all are fit for Prem games would be:”

          Notice the part saying when all are fit?

          1. jon fox says:

            Midkemma, Thank you for pointing out the truth to Hackinubee, who has NOT been paying attention.

        2. jon fox says:

          Hackinubee, you have embarrassed yourself. Suggest you read all my post again and pay attention to the phrase “”when all are fit.”

      2. Midkemma says:

        I applaud you for putting Cech in goal.
        I do remember you moaning at me for saying Cech was the better GK.

        Will you at least recognise that Bellerin may pick up?
        Ozil may play better in the number 10 role if he had players like Auba on the left and Laca upfront and an inform Welbeck on the right (Welbeck under Wenger was a bad player, under Emery he appears to have drive and purpose).

        Calling a player bad because he is being played in a pos which plays on the players weakness is pure ignorance.

        Just like you claimed Cech should be dropped at the beginning of the season while I was saying he should keep his spot, backing myself up with FACTS while you dismissed them for experience. Some people have ‘experienced’ being abducted by aliens…

        Bellerin may not adapt to Emery style, he may adapt though.

        Can we be reading you in 6-12 months time listing Bellerin in the team selection?

  12. rkw says:

    dont get the chance too often so nice too watch this one live and a decent game and atmosphere with brentford eventually finding their rythmn in second half playing some decent stuff until we steadied ship with entry of torreira and lacazette …. overall didnt change my opinion too much … we should be starting with torreira and guindhuzi who begins to make mistakes two thirds of way through and should be replaced … forget ramsey hes a lost cause as despite goals is welbeck the guy doesnt have a football brain … thats true of iwobi though he is working harder these days … miki is quality mustafi a liability ,,, right side of defence a worry … lichsteiner unimpressive

  13. Dudu says:

    I will be glad to see Ramsey off arsenal one the mistakes made by Wenger……………(Walcott)

  14. ruelando says:

    Unfortunately did not get to watch the match due to no wifi at work.
    Really happy for the win, Emery is taking every competition seriously which is good and bad at the same time, we will be basically at full force for all matches, but will not see the youngsters coming through.
    Welbz, Iwobi and Guendouzi had a good game from what i have read, i am hoping they continue working hard.

    If the situation with Ramsey is true i would rather they do not play him or as little as possible. He will not be 100% committed to the club. It is best Arsenal ends the Ramsey situation as early as possible and give present or new players the oportunity

    1. Twig says:

      You using the office wifi to watch football games?! I must speak with your manager.

      1. jon fox says:

        Shocking dereliction of duty eh? Off with his head! Thank God that you and I are both clearly perfect in every way!

      2. Midkemma says:

        His manager should be made aware of how awesome he is, using work wifi to watch Arsenal deserves a promotion 😛

        If it was a spud game though… One way trip to being the devils plaything XD

  15. Bur says:

    Wouldn’t say we coasted to a win.when they scored we were all over the place for 15 mins. Miss placed passes, missing tackles……all added to a tricky 15 mins. Happy to get to the next round with 3 good goals.

    1. lcebox says:

      Nice one i was waiting to see if anyone else thought that we were under pressure after there goal but your the first to say as it was and Leno made quite a few saves at that 10-15 min prieod thats why the subs were made.

  16. Pauladonis says:

    Lets hope the boys can dig deep and turn up at watford with a good performance… Ramsey should be left out and Ozil should be played in the middle of the park though I am 100% certain he has no cojones and will still play like a pregnant lady on saturday.

    1. Sue says:

      We’re at home against Watford

    2. jon fox says:

      Well , it’s certainly true that if he were a pregnant lady, he would have NO cojones. A bit slim and gaunt looking for a preggers lady though, I would have thought. I think him clinically depressed and have thought so for some time. Ozil has never been mentally OR physically tough; cojones or not. Little use to us while he is like this. You cannot live on past reputations for ever, and unlke Wenger, I believe Emery thinks this way too.

  17. AndersS says:

    6 wins in a row.
    Can’t be bad 🙂

  18. Grandad says:

    Holding did very well. Calm and assured unlike his centre back partner who should be left out for the Watford match.

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