Official confirmed Arsenal team to take on Brentford – Partey returns – Odegaard out

So, today we have to win at Brentford to stay on top of the Premier going into the international break, so you could say that we will find out if our young Arsenal team can handle the pressure against a very good Brentford side.

Yes, we do have an injury list that could cause us problems, but only if they are not recovered by the time we face Tottenham in the North London Derby, and Patrick was hopefull that Thomas Partey could start today, but I am personally not so confident that Arteta will risk him so quickly given his record when brought back too early after previous spells on the treatment table.

Well. here is the Predicted Arsenal XI that Patrick posted earlier today:

White Saliba Gabriel Tierney
Partey Odegaard Xhaka
Saka Jesus Martinelli

And we are just waiting for the official team chosen by Mikel Arteta to be revealed at last.

And here it is:


  1. A strong line it is. Interesting to see how Fabio performs behind Jesus.

    Partey rushed backed into the starting 11. Risky move, and shows how highly we rely on him in midfield.
    I hope he does not get injured again in this match. He should be taken off after the 75th minute of the match.

    I hope we get the 3 points to show how strong we are mentally.

  2. Great line-up, as long as our spine is intact. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to use Zinchenko’s playmaking abilities

    I bet Brentford will try to follow Man United’s park-the-bus tactic, but they don’t have Old Trafford atmosphere to intimidate our players. We should win the game, because Spuds will visit us next month

    1. Arsenal didn’t lose to United because of their so called atmosphere, we lost because we couldn’t take our chances, I believe our players learnt from it.

      1. Mourinho and Rodgers always used similar tactics against us. But they didn’t have Old Trafford’s atmosphere, hence they often lost

        That’s just my observation though

        1. Which game were you talking about. It can’t be the same game i watched. Arsenal intimidated by old Trafford crowd what nonsense was that

  3. Strong line-up! We can’t complain about Ode and Zinchenko as Vieira and Tierney are expected to compete for those slots. Partey being back and having had over a week in training is good news, rumours are he could of in line to start vs Everton so he’s not been rushed back today.

    We got a bit unlucky with the games being called off. We had Everton at home while Spurs played City. It would have been nice to pile some pressure on.

    Big game here though. We have the chance to go into the international break top of the league and 6 points better off than last year in the same fixtures. Chance for Vieira to impress and a good test of whether he can handle the physicality (some are concerned over his frame.)


  4. Shout out to Nicolas Jover whose name does not crop up enough for his work as a set-piece coach. Another gem we got from City!

  5. Gabriel struggling physically, just showed he already felt his calf in warm up. Better not take a risk when we have a capable replacement in white.

  6. We are winning because Partey is back. We mostly get good results with him in the starting line-up. Great first half. Martinelli needs to take his chances.

  7. Xhaka’s cross from the half-space reminds me of Cancelo’s to Haaland in Man City’s game against Wolves, although Cancelo’s was more impressive due to his technique from the inverted LB position

    Hopefully Xhaka and our inverted LBs keep making those long crosses from the left half-space, since they have good technical abilities to make accurate long passes

    Tierney seems to have improved his understanding of the inverted LB role. His positional play was much better than the ones in our previous two matches

    1. Cancelo is on another level to be fair. Did find it funny how many praised Cancelo though for his assist for Haaland’s stunner v Dortmund. Cancelo literally overhit the cross and only Haaland could A.) Reach it with his leg due to his height/flexibility and B.) Flick his leg to generate the power that took it past the GK. That goal was all Haaland.

      1. Yeah it was against Dortmund 😁

        I was just impressed by Cancelo’s technique to make such accurate cross using the outside of his right foot. I wish Soares could do it

        1. The technique was impressive and he does it regularly but the execution/delivery was off. Haaland had no right to score from it.

  8. Granit Xhaka with no plans to stop annoying the Anti Xhaka Brigade anytime soon.
    He’s also created the most chances by any of our players this season.
    Why do I keep defending him? Lol because wen he was piss poor, I always criticized him and wanted him out, and since a season and half he’s had a massive turnaround, so what am I supposed to do? Keep criticizing him?
    Yeah right.. Take away Xhaka, hope to see you rise more and more.
    Arteta: My Manager My Dictator
    Xhaka: My Granite My Captain.

    Let’s try to add some more goals now in the second half

  9. The positional tweaking for xhaka has completely transformed him. He set up the goal for jesus and would have set one up for martinelli early with a bit of luck. He’s clearly more comfortable with this role than the one(s) he’s played since joining (looks like he’s enjoying it more as well!). Now I feel like he’s really influencing games, whereas I wouldn’t have always said that from even his best games previously.
    As I’ve been a heavy critic of his in the past, I’m both surprised and delighted with this turnaround.

    1. Totally agree, plays to his strengths playing further forward. His passing ability and more so his decision-making are more visible in that area.

  10. Partey is very important for us…
    Today we are easily controlling midfield since he is playing…
    Top class from FV
    MO should start shooting from outside box

  11. I can’t wait for the post-game analysis and statistics to be released, but I am sure there was at least 35 passes made prior to the Viera goal. Glad Saka has 2 assist. COYG!

  12. Great to see how we are profiting from the 2 postponed games which bought us 2 weeks for our recuperating players. Partey in the team frees up xhaka to go into the free role positions and at the same time helping him in central midfield breaking up plays.
    MA to sub Partey for Lokonga at 75 mins let him rest and Sambi see the game thru. #coyg back to the top of the table.

    1. ? We had one 1st team game postponed which was negative (Europa league would have been rotation) because we had a Home fixture v Everton and all our rivals had harder games. Partey was supposedly fit for Everton never mind this game. We did not benefit from the postponements our rivals did. Maybe long-term the City one might benefit us but if we are in form in the lead-up to that break then that would have been the ideal time to play City at home. Plus the longer you wait on City the more used to playing with Haaland as a focal point they get. We got unlucky that way but we move on.

  13. Some fans complained about viera physicality, playing against the most physical in premier league, he did very well

    1. Read somewhere that it would be a bad idea to bulk up Vieira because he’d lose the qualities you bought him for based on his frame. Don’t agree with that 100% at his age he can bulk up a little but he’s never going to be a unit, his skill sets him apart. Bernado Silva is a good comparison and not just because they are Portugese.

  14. What tha hell is Gabrielle manghele doing, always scaring someone just jumping around forward leaving his position

  15. I have been impressed with Ben white so far. His attitude is good.
    Nketiah has built some muscle.

    He is much stronger now.
    I like Viera.

    We will compete with Man city this season for the title.

    Thanks Arteta for giving Nwaneri the opportunity to create history

    1. In his case, most are quite deliberate tactical fouls and everyone knows I am no fan of the PGMOL. He’s going to pick up a ban soon though.

    1. Partey is very tidy with the ball. We play a 433 formation with Partey. It allows Xhaka to play more advance.
      I wish we can keep Partey fit this season. I also wish our medical team can find a solution to the recurring injuries to Partey and Tierney. If we can keep our squad fit, we will win the league this season. Leicester did it. We also can do it.

  16. Well might as well give the young lad some minutes. I wonder if this will make him the youngest player to play for us. How hold was cesc when he first played for arsenal in a premiere league competitive game ?

  17. Dominant. Totally dominant. Top of the league, 6 points better than last year. What more can you ask for? Xhaka transformed, Jesus looking insane, Vieira filling for Ode like he has a claim to the spot….. Good times!

  18. @ Emperor Augustus: Jack Wilshere was our youngest ever debutant aged 16y 256d (now 11th on the list with Nwanneri joining the illustrious list today). Liverpool’s Harvey Elliot was the record holder before today when he made his EPL debut aged 16y 30d. Ethan Nwanneri age is 15y 181d, so he now holds the record. Congratulations to him!

    1. You are wrong sir, Fabregas was 16years 5months 24days while Wilshere was 16years 8months 12days, so Fabregas was our youngest before today.

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