The Gunners had yet another behind-doors friendly yesterday as Brentford were the secret visitors at Arsenal’s training ground. Again Emery gave all his players some time on the pitch as they build up fitness ahead of their flight to Singapore on Sunday. Despite the secrecy, Football.London got wind of it, and reported the game as follows….
….But whereas Arsenal thumped Crawley 9-0 on Wednesday, they found things far more difficult against a Brentford side that contained former Gunners player Nico Yennaris.
It was the Bees who went in front at London Colney but a superb goal from Aubameyang levelled things up, following on from his hat-trick at Boreham Wood and another against Crawley on Wednesday.
But it was Brentford who claimed a late winner when Leno failed to deal with a ball into the box, allowing the Championship side to return home with a 2-1 victory.
Emery will not be concerned by the result, however, with Arsenal’s head coach using the two games in the space of 24 hours to build up fitness levels and to try to drill his ideas into his players during match situations ahead of the trip to Singapore.
It is great that Aubameyang has knocked in 5 goals in just three half-games which augurs well for our season ahead, but I’m sure Emery will have been a little perturbed by Leno’s mistake….