Arsenal present Brentford they are a completely different facet now with very good group efficiency
The Gunners took the lead on 17 minutes as Bukayo Saka‘s nook was headed into the far nook off the publish by defender William Saliba. Then the lead was doubled 11 minutes later as Granit Xhaka floated a cross into the field and Gabriel Jesus emphatically headed dwelling the second.
Shortly after the break, Fabio Vieira, on his full Premier League debut, made it 3-0 with a dipping shot from 25 yards. Mikkel Damsgaard’s low shot was saved out by Aaron Ramsdale, however Brentford provided little else as Arsenal returned to the highest of the desk by a single level forward of Man Metropolis and Tottenham.
1. Arsenal have a ‘stroll within the park’
It was the tweet that supervisor Mikel Arteta used as motivation from this fixture final season when the groups met most just lately in February.
“Good kickabout with the boys,” striker Ivan Toney tweeted after Brentford’s 2-0 win in August 2021, and the current Amazon documentary confirmed Arteta utilizing a screenshot of that remark in his prematch group speak seven months later, serving to encourage a 2-1 victory at dwelling.
Sunday’s 3-0 win at Gtech Neighborhood Stadium will arguably have given the Gunners extra satisfaction, nonetheless, given they have been completely dominant from the outset, by no means wanting in peril after William Saliba headed them right into a Seventeenth-minute lead.
All three objectives have been wonderful of their building and execution, Gabriel Jesus heading in Granit Xhaka’s cross 11 minutes later, earlier than Fabio Vieira killed any prospect of a Brentford comeback with a dipping drive 4 minutes into the second half.
Toney, who was this week celebrating his maiden worldwide call-up and changing into the primary Brentford participant to make an England squad since Les Smith in 1939, barely had a kick all afternoon. Because the Arsenal followers sang late on: “Ivan Toney, a stroll within the park.”
2. Vieira steps up on full debut
This seemed a tough full Premier League debut on paper for Vieira. With Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe dominated out by way of damage, Arteta turned to his £34 million summer season signing from FC Porto to play as a right-sided No. 8 in Arsenal’s 4-3-3 system.
Brentford’s fierce urgent and physicality gave the impression to be a troublesome problem for Vieira, who isn’t the largest in stature, and centre-back Ben Mee sought to given the Portugal U21 worldwide an early style of what was in retailer with a strong problem that despatched him crashing to the turf.
Nonetheless, the 22-year-old grew into the competition, linking play properly and serving to Arsenal preserve a stage of near-total management all through. The spotlight was a positive 25-yard strike which clipped Brentford goalkeeper David Raya’s left publish on its method in to cap a promising particular person show. Vieira is the primary participant to attain on his Arsenal debut from exterior the penalty space within the Premier League period.
3. Arsenal keep high into October
One of many query marks about this Arsenal facet is their capability to get better from adversity. Shedding at Manchester United final outing was their first defeat of the season, however this was an emphatic response, exhibiting a stage of management which confirmed that chastening expertise at Outdated Trafford is already a distant reminiscence.
With Chelsea, Liverpool and United all not enjoying this weekend, Arsenal had an opportunity to create much more distance between themselves and their conventional top-four rivals. It is extremely early days — and people sides clearly have a sport in hand — however it would do lots for the boldness of a bunch usually accused of fragility to see themselves eight factors forward of Chelsea and 9 away from Liverpool.
They have been even comfy sufficient to deliver on Ethan Nwaneri — who at 15 years, 181 days outdated turns into Arsenal’s and the Premier League’s youngest-ever participant. A lot so, in truth, he was unable to vary with the remainder of his teammates as a result of he’s nonetheless a minor.
The worldwide break means Arsenal shall be high going into subsequent month, however the first day again pitches Arsenal towards third-placed north London rivals Tottenham. They’ll assault that vast job from a place of energy.
Brentford: Raya 7, Hickey 6, Ajer 6, Jansson 6, Mee 6, Henry 6, Dasilva 6, Janelt 5, Jensen 5, Mbeumo 5, Toney 5.
Subs: Onyeka 6, Damsgaard 6, Baptiste 6, Wissa 6.
Arsenal: Ramsdale 7, White 7, Saliba 8, Gabriel 7, Tierney 7, Partey 8, Xhaka 8, Saka 8, Vieira 8, Martinelli 7, Jesus 8.
Subs: Lokonga 6, Nketiah 6, White 6, Marquinhos 6, Nwaneri 6.
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Granit Xhaka. Used the ball intelligently — exemplified by organising Jesus for Arsenal’s second — and revelled within the better attacking freedom afforded him in a barely modified midfield position.
WORST: Mathias Jansen. Unable to assist in giving Brentford a foothold within the sport as Xhaka and Thomas Partey ran the present for the guests in midfield.
Highlights and notable moments
Arsenal’s bench contained a 15-year-old, with midfielder Ethan Nwaneri making his first Premier League matchday squad. He would go on to set a report on his debut.
Ethan Nwaneri, 15 years and 180 days is on the bench for Arsenal as we speak at Brentford! Properly completed to him! The place have been you whenever you have been 15??? pic.twitter.com/Y0DeWv4mgJ
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) September 18, 2022
After Actual Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. was criticised for a dancing celebration final week, Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus confirmed solidarity along with his Brazil teammate when he scored the second purpose.
Gabriel Jesus hit a Vinicius fashion dance celebration after his purpose 🕺🔥 pic.twitter.com/H4DNnGaz5E
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 18, 2022
The Gunners have been in full management and Fabio Vieira’s beautiful strike shortly after the break made it 3-0.
— NBC Sports activities Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 18, 2022
After the match: What the gamers/managers mentioned
Xhaka instructed Sky Sports activities: “We have now a distinct mentality this season. we saved going and are coaching like we play and have class with the gamers that may make a distinction. You may have the category within the entrance they usually make the distinction. Very happy we’re in a great way however a protracted method to go.”
Jesus instructed Sky Sports activities: “From the beginning we confirmed what we need to do within the sport, create probabilities and rating. That’s what I imagine we did. He discovered me for the purpose and I’m so joyful to play with him, he’s an clever and high quality participant. The celebration was for my man Vinicius Jnr, it must cease and it was for him.”
Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Data)
– By way of Squawka: Arsenal’s earlier 10 Premier League objectives had come through the left foot, with Saliba’s header breaking the streak.
– By way of Opta: Saka has been straight concerned in 37 Premier League objectives for Arsenal (18 objectives, 19 assists), now the second-most of any participant whereas aged 21 or youthful for the membership within the competitors, overtaking Nicolas Anelka (35) and solely behind Cesc Fabregas (63.)
– Mikkel Damsgaard had Brentford’s second shot on purpose within the 72nd minute, with the primary coming within the fifth minute.
– Brentford made all 4 substitutions by the 76th minute, with Arsenal not doing one till the 78th.
– This was Arsenal’s sixth shutout win by a 3+ purpose distinction since 2020-21. That ties the group’s complete such wins within the 7 seasons prior.
– It was the primary time recording 4 wins in a five-game highway span (all competitions) in a single season since April-Could 2021.
– Ethan Nwaneri, born on March 21, 2007 (a yr after the Emirates stadium was constructed) turned each Arsenal’s and the Premier League’s youngest-ever participant at 15 years, 5 months and 23 days.
Brentford: The Bees go to the south coast on Saturday Oct. 1 for a match towards Bournemouth, kicking off at 10 a.m. ET, then they’re on the highway once more to Newcastle the next weekend.
Arsenal: The Gunners return dwelling after the worldwide break to host Tottenham Hotspur within the north London derby on the Emirates on Saturday Oct. 1, starting at 7:30 a.m. ET. Then it is Bodo/Glimt within the Europa League earlier than Liverpool arrive on Oct. 9.