Great news – Arsenal will have nearly a full strength squad for Brentford clash

Arsenal had a horrendous January as our squad was decimated by AFCON, injuries and Covid, but we finally broke our run when we managed to steal the three points from Wolves last Thursday.

So, after results from our went our way in the last week, we now have to find a consistent run of results to keep us in the driving seat for a place in the Top Four, starting this weekend against Brentford.

The Bees gave us a shock at the start of the season when they beat us in their first ever appearance in the Premier League, but they will be facing a very different Arsenal from the one they faced that day.

Bernd Leno, who is only just coming back from a bout of Covid, is likely to be on the bench but definitely won’t be starting. Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers are no longer with us, and Balogun has gone out on loan. Gabriel Martinelli will be serving his suspension and Lokonga and Pepe are likely to be on the bench.

So there could only be Ben White, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka and maybe Smith-Rowe facing the Bees this time around and we should be much better prepared after having had a long rest before the Wolves game.

It’s a big boost for Arsenal that Tomiyasu has returned to training, but we will have to wait until the team sheet to find out if Arteta thinks he is fit enough to start.

So, other than Martinelli, I am expecting to see Arteta’s favourite Starting XI on Saturday, and I am certainly expecting a completely different result from the last time we met….


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  1. I don’t think Tomi will start even if fit – perhaps 15 mins as a sub. What we have should be enough to gain revenge.
    He will be back though, as will GM, for the huge reverse Wolves game next Thursday. A win surely removes Wolves from the fight. Two wins would put us in position to control that 4th place.
    With Spurs away to Man City and wilting Hammers in a tricky game vs resurgent Newcastle, we could be in a 2 horse race with the ever-flukey Man Utd by next weekend.

  2. Keep an eye on I. Toney and we should collect the points
    Hopefully Laca will be on the scoresheet and Partey..

  3. I’m hoping we beat Brentford silly, Ødegaard, Lacazette and Partey need to take more shots at goal, this way we can increase our goals per game.

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