Arsenal’s 100% record in pre-season ended by Brentford

Arsenal lost 2-1 to Brentford this afternoon as they gave up their 100% record of wins from pre-season.

I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that we started last term with a 2-0 loss to the same side last term, and while today’s result wasn’t much better, at least this one shouldn’t have a bearing on our campaign.

It took just nine minutes for Ryan Trevitt and Bryan Mbeuemo to combine to open the scoring, despite us looking the stronger side in the early exchanges. We did manage to pull ourselves level around 15 minutes later when Eddie Nketiah tucked away his effort after some neat work by Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

We didn’t make it to the break level however after Trevitt, who was credited with the earlier assist, beat Turner with a neat two-touch finish.

We really brought the game to our rivals after the break, but despite carving out a number of chances we couldn’t find another breakthrough, and we ended up losing come the final whistle. Marquinhos deserves a strong mention for a strong performance out wide, and he came close to adding a second for our side, while Lokonga and Nketiah were both in top form also.


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  1. Looking at the side selected, this looked like a B-team being given a chance to shine.

    Or in cases such as Marquinhos, perhaps a chance to prove that he doesn’t need a year on loan.

    I’m not sure how strong Brentford’s line-up was though?

    1. Just Rico Henry & Brian Mbuemo, with Keane Lewis-Potter our new signing, the rest where B teamers and sub bench players, so not the 1st team.

    1. I am filled with dread when I watch Turner. I pray we wont pick up an injury and have him fumble points away in the league. Shame we are replacing Leno with shirt sales in the states!

  2. Off topic.
    Please can someone who knows tell me if William Saliba qualifies as a home-grown player for Arsenal?
    Dying to know please.

    1. He is 100% not HG and it’s not poor planning by the club we couldn’t of bought him without loaning him back for a year it was an absolute condition of his sale.

      Where people are getting confused is that he is still young enough not to count as a non-HG in the prem squad this year. Once he turns 21 he’ll be non-HG in the seasons that follow. In order to qualify you have to play in that actual nation for 3 years prior to you turning 21. So if he’d gone on loan in our pyramid he’d be HG but he did not. Further to count as HG by club of which you need 4 in Europe he’d of had to stayed with the club itself for 3 years. Martinelli on the other will count as HG by club.

      This all makes perfect sense otherwise all the big clubs and particularly the English big clubs (frankly the entire premier league) could just go around the world snapping up 18 years olds and loaning them back for 3 years which would obviously be absurd and after the 3 years they’d have the English tax (although that would actually result in the English tax lowering to an extent.)

  3. @CorporateMan Yeah, he is HG. He’s been registered in Arsenal’s PL squad for the last 3 seasons as an U21. Smart planning and foresight by the club!

    I expect Marquinhos to follow the same route as we might lose one of either AMN or Nelson.

    1. He was registered in France for most of those 3 years and as such will not count as English HG.

      1. Difficult to not sell a player like Leno. He’s far too good to be a backup, and rightly wants to play regularly.

        Makes sense to cash in given our spending over the last two summers.

  4. Matt turner may work 4 us bse he’s still having the heart en interest to lift arsenal bt leno is now having bad heart of lossing his no1 to aoron rmsdal

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