Arsenal will look to continue their impressive recent form when they welcome Brentford to the Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
After a difficult start to the season, Unai Emery has masterminded five successive victories and over the course of that period they are averaging just under three goals a game.
Having clawed their way back up the table, the Gunners will be eager to get off to a bright start in the cup and it should provide an opportunity for fringe players to shine.
Their opponents, Brentford, have been perennial play-off challengers in the Championship in recent seasons and will be no pushovers.
|Game||Arsenal vs Brentford|
|Date||Wednesday, August 26|
|Time||7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will be only be available to watch live online using ESPN+.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
The game cannot be watched live on television in the United Kingdom (UK), nor can it be streamed live online, but live updates can be followed on Goal by clicking here.
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Cech, Leno, Martinez|
|Defenders||Bellerin, Sokratis, Monreal, Mustafi, Holding, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Jenkinson|
|Midfielders||Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Smith-Rowe|
|Forwards||Aubameyang, Lacazette, Welbeck, Nketiah|
Arsenal have a number of injury concerns ahead of the game, with Sokratis joining those on the treatment table after hurting his knee against Everton at the weekend.
Konstantinos Mavropanos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny are long-term absentees, so won't be involved, but there is some good news with Sead Kolasinac and Carl Jenkinson returning to training. Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains a worry.
Having been forced to play second fiddle to Petr Cech thus far, new signing Bernd Leno gets a chance to impress.
Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal; Elneny, Guendouzi; Smith Rowe, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi; Welbeck.
|Defenders||Odubajo, Henry, Mepham, Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Barbet, Sorensen|
|Midfielders||MacLeod, Judge, Canos, Yennaris, McEachran, Mokotjo, Marcondes, Sawyers, Clarke, Konsa|
|Forwards||Maupay, Watkins, Benrahma, Forss, Dasilva|
Brentford will be without the services of Rico Henry, who is still working his way back from a knee injury, but Moses Odubajo could potentially feature after regaining full fitness.
One player who may have a decent insight into how Arsenal operate is Josh Dasilva, who arrived at Brentford from the north London club during the transfer window.
Brentford XI: Daniels; Odubajo, Canós, Yennaris, Watkins; Mokotjo, Judge, Sawyers, Jeanvier; Konsa, Barbet.
Betting & Match Odds
As you would expect, Arsenal are strong favourites to win the game, with bet365 giving odds of 1/3 on a Gunners victory at the Emirates. Brentford's chances of a win are rated 8/1 and a draw is a 5/1 bet.
Emery has indicated that he will rotate his squad for the game against Brentford and give those who have not enjoyed much playing time a chance to stake a claim for a place in the first XI.
After stringing together five victories in a row the Spanish coach is not likely to tinker too much with a winning formula, but the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Petr Cech will probably be given some rest.
"Against Brentford I am going to prepare the best performance for us, but I’ll be giving chances and opportunities to the players who are playing less in the competition," the Spaniard told the official club website.
"Also maybe the young players can have opportunities to play in this game if I think it’s the best for us to give them this opportunity of starting in the first XI, but the first thing about the best performance is thinking about winning."
Brentford boss Dean Smith admitted that he would have preferred a more favourable draw to boost his side's chances of progression, but is excited about the chance to play Arsenal nonetheless.
However, despite acknowledging his opponents' status as one of the best teams in England, he is adamant that his players will play without fear.
"It's not often the players get the chance to test themselves against one of the top teams in the country," Smith said.
"We will certainly give them a lot of respect but we won't fear them."