Arsenal to face Brentford in Carabao Cup – Worst possible draw?

The draw for the Third Round of the Carabao Cup has finally been made and we are set to host Brentford at the Emirates. Everyone would expect this to be an easy fixture but I am not so sure. We are quite friendly with our neighbours and have just sent Josh Da Silva on loan to them, but if you remember, we played them in a behind doors friendly in pre-season at London Colney and lost 2-1.

We didn’t play any first team players in that game and it was a Bernd Leno howler that gave the game to the Bees, and he is likely to be in goal behind our reserves yet again next month.

Also if you take into account that Brentford have lost only one game (1-0 away at Blackburn) in their 7 competitive games so far this season, I could be forgiven for being a little bit worried…..

At least we are not away at Liverpool!


Full Carabao Cup draw. Ties are set to be played during the week commencing Monday September 24.

Third round draw: West Brom v Crystal Palace, Arsenal v Brentford, Burton Albion v Burnley, Wycombe v Norwich, Oxford United v Manchester City, West Ham v Macclesfield, Millwall v Fulham, Liverpool v Chelsea, Bournemouth v Blackburn, Preston v Middlesbrough, Wolves v Leicester, Tottenham v Watford, Blackpool v QPR, Everton v Southampton, Manchester United v Derby, Nottingham Forest v Stoke.


  1. Phil says:

    We will have a second string side that will look something like
    Leno Lich Holding Mava LB? Welbeck Eddie Iwobi Willock Smith-Rowe +another
    Brentford will rest Players no doubt.
    How could we not win this game?

  2. gotanidea says:

    A win should be the only possible result when a top Premier League club like Arsenal face Brentford

    I know that Arsenal would most likely play their second squad, but a draw would mean Emery still needs a lot of time to instill his system into the players

    I believe there would not be a problem, because Arsenal will play at the Emirates

  3. A Bee says:

    Sorry, Josh Da Silva was not sent on loan, he signed permanently for Brentford when his contract expired after rejecting a new contract offer from Arsenal.

  4. Sue says:

    I hope we win otherwise I’ll have the p**s ripped out of me at work just like I did when we lost to Bradford!!!

  5. Durand says:

    Should have enough players primed and ready to make an impression. Maybe finally Xhaka benched and Torreria to start. Also good game for Guendouzi to play and build some confidence.

    Pity AMN not fit; great chance to start in midfield. However it would prob be on left due to injuries. Maybe Smith-Rowr can start in midfield with Torreria and Guendouzi.

  6. Innit says:

    Mixture of first team and youth

    …………..Eleny ….Xhaka

    Bench: Martinez, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Wilock , Gilmour, Zelalem, Ozil, Lacazette
    Wish we had Nelson and Niles

    1. gotanidea says:

      I’d prefer if Emery starts Lichtsteiner and Torreira, because they need more games to blend in

      Xhaka has played in a lot of EPL matches and I think Jenkinson is gonna be sold?

    2. CorporateMan says:

      Jenkinson was injured playing poker at home!!!!

  7. clive says:

    Banana Skin

  8. Charlie the bee says:

    We are going to be up for it take us lightly and we will beat you be warned you are fast turning into West Ham plenty of nice touches but no back bone you have been warned?????

    1. kklin says:

      Charlie the bee, am guessing you are a fan of Brentford & you just addressed the fans of Arsenal with that comment of yours but sorry to burst your bubble bro, you guys still have a long road to walk to reach us. Be warned!

  9. John Ibrahim says:

    we are not sure if Emery will field the first team, a mixed side or the youth….

    but it seems that the fans have already decided for him…

  10. John Ibrahim says:

    Martial offered new contract even though mourinho doesnt like and want him….

    real power from their executive vice chairman Eddie….

    we need tough negotiators

  11. Chiza says:

    I see Liverpool and Tottenham going out of the carabao cup

  12. RSH says:

    better than a premier league side. We’ve got decent 2nd string of players so not too worried about this fixture yet. Let’s just hope no more injuries till then

  13. Innit says:

    Worst possible draw???
    @ home against Brentford?
    I could think of a few worse than that.

    We could still lose though. Anything is possible
    But hopefully we will win.

  14. ozziegunner says:

    Who wants to go to Millwall vs Fulham?

  15. skies says:

    Reading this article makes me realise how far we have fallen?

  16. Rkw says:

    Brentford a very good footballing team .. Some weakness at the back … If we are moving ahead a mixture of youth and experience should do the trick … Do we have the needed depth of squad. Nope . Can emery get more out of what he has inherited I think so … Will that be enough. Not sure …

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