While it may be great to get excited about battering Charlton Athletic in a one-sided friendly game prior to the season getting back underway, it needs to be taken with a big grain of salt. As such, when Arsenal lose 3-2 to Brentford in a friendly game, we also need to ensure fans don’t panic all too much – because it’s not the end of the world.
The real focus is going to be on the Manchester City game, which is exactly how it should be. Nobody knows for sure how the Gunners are going to perform against the reigning Champions of England next Wednesday, but that ‘sense of the unknown’ is going to be enough to give fans hope that Arsenal can pull off a big result.
Alas, we’re not here to talk about that – because we are, in fact, here to talk about the aforementioned defeat at the hands of Championship high-flyers Brentford. It was the home side that was able to get off to a good start courtesy of some really strong opportunities, but unfortunately, they couldn’t quite convert them.
Then, five minutes before half time, Joe Willock slotted the ball home to continue his good run of form in ‘mid-pre-season’.
Five substitutions were made at half time with Luiz, Guendouzi, Ozil, Maitland-Niles and Lacazette all coming on, in what turned out to be a pretty even second half. Tarique Fosu was able to make it 1-1 with around 20 minutes remaining, but before the Bees knew what had hit them, Lacazette re-established the one goal lead for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Questionable play then allowed Brentford through to equalise for a second time, with Halil Dervisoglu getting the goal this time.
Just minutes before the full time whistle blew a miserable defeat was confirmed as Shandon Baptiste slotted home to give Brentford a morale-boosting friendly triumph.
As we’ve already alluded to, the focus is going to turn towards taking on City now in a game where the pressure is more so on their shoulders than ours. If they lose, the door will be open for Liverpool to swoop in and claim the Premier League title – whereas for Arsenal, some fans are starting to wonder whether a season without European football is as bad as many have believed it to be.
That’s another debate for another day, though, as fans continue to endure a bit of Twitter banter for a tough defeat.
What is your biggest takeaway from the defeat?