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Brentford v Arsenal Live Commentary, 18/09/2022

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W. Saliba (17)
Gabriel Jesus (28)
Fábio Vieira (49)
Gtech Community Stadium


Arsenal's excellent start to the season continues then. They host Tottenham and Liverpool next, with a Europa League game in between. Those games will be real tests of what they're capable of this season. That's all for now. Goodbye!
This result means Arsenal lead the Premier League by a point, leapfrogging City and Tottenham. They've scored in all seven of their league games so far this season and look potent at the moment. Brentford stay ninth, beaten but not embarrassed.
Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League! They've dispatched their hosts Brentford with a minimum of fuss. Two goals in the first half hour put the Gunners in a commanding position, before Vieira put a gloss on the win with a lovely long-range strike in the second half. Brentford weren't bad. They just weren't as good.
B. Saka
90' + 2' Saka gets a positive reception from the Arsenal supporters too. Marquinhos replaces him.
E. Nwaneri
Fábio Vieira
90' + 2' Vieira leaves the pitch to a ditty from the away fans. They've liked what they've seen. Arsenal bring on the 15-year-old midfielder Nwaneri.
90' + 1' Toney heads wide from the resulting free-kick from Damsgaard. There'll be four more minutes of this.
Gabriel Jesus
Yellow Card
90' Jesus charges into Hickey and receives a late booking. Brentford haven't been able to cope with the Brazilian's energy.
89' This game's starting to wind down. We're about to find out how much time will be added on.
87' Tierney plops a pass in the direction of Jesus, who bustles his way into the box from the left and fires at Raya. The Spaniard spills the shot. Luckily for Brentford, there are no other Arsenal players near it. The hosts clear.
T. Tomiyasu
B. White
86' Arsenal substitution. Tomiyasu takes White's place at right-back for the last few minutes.
84' Play resumes. The Arsenal supporters have started cheering their team's every touch. They've made this game look easy.
82' Ramsdale needs some treatment and sits down on the turf. The Brentford fans think he's wasting time. They might be right.
81' Baptiste is the latest Brentford player to suffer the wrath of the offside flag. Arsenal are in no mood to ruin their clean sheet now.
80' Brentford get the chance to test Arsenal from another set-piece. Toney takes a tumble in the box, but the offside flag goes up against him.
E. Nketiah
Gabriel Martinelli
78' Martinelli's the next Arsenal player to get an early rest. Nketiah replaces him.
A. Lokonga
T. Partey
78' Arsenal have begun thinking of their next game. Lokonga replaces Partey for the remainder of the match.
Y. Wissa
B. Mbeumo
76' Mbeumo's fruitless shift up front for Brentford is over. Wissa takes his place on the pitch.
75' Onyeka hands Arsenal a free-kick in his own half by impeding Martinelli. Brentford are about to take another player off.
73' That Damsgaard chance was Brentford's first shot on target since Mbuemo's way back at the start of the game. Arsenal have really done a number on them.
71' Ramsdale has his first real save to make, denying Damsgaard who's slipped into the centre of the box by Baptiste. The Arsenal keeper has had precious little to do.
70' Gabriel has acres of space in front of him and unleashes a powerful effort from distance. It whistles just over the crossbar.
S. Baptiste
M. Jensen
69' Here's that Brentford change. Jensen goes off. Baptiste replaces him.
68' Brentford are about to make another substitution. They're not quite in damage limitation territory yet, but they're close to it.
66' Saka almost gets his name on the scoresheet, shooting first-time from inside the D to inspire a diving save from Raya. The England winger's been very influential for Arsenal again here.
64' Saliba sees off Toney's latest attempt to conjure something for Brentford. The Bees have been safely handled by Arsenal all game so far.
M. Damsgaard
J. Dasilva
63' Dasilva heads off too. On comes Damsgaard for Brentford.
F. Onyeka
V. Janelt
63' Brentford decide to make some changes. Onyeka replaces Janelt in midfield.
62' Brentford's corner is nothing special. Gabriel's awarded a free-kick in his own half as he's roughhoused by Janelt.
60' Arsenal earn another corner which comes to nothing. Brentford promptly go upfield and get a corner of their own as Xhaka's forced to clear a cross into the box.
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
58' Xhaka's shown the game's first yellow card for a tactical foul on Raya.
57' Jesus almost grabs his second goal of the game! The Brazilian jinks into the left of the box and tries to beat Raya from a tight angle. Brentford's goalkeeper blocks the shot and hands Arsenal a corner, which he then easily claims.
55' Partey wins a free-kick in Brentford's half as he's bundled over by Jensen.
53' Brentford take some time to discuss how to take the free-kick. In the end, Jensen lays it off to Toney, whose effort loops just over the crossbar
51' Toney tempts Saka into fouling him down Arsenal's left. The visitors protest as the referee blows for another foul against Martinelli just outside the D. The Brazilian pushed Mee as the ball came in.
B. Saka
49' Saka's assist was nothing special, but Vieira's strike was lovely. Arsenal have surely secured the three points already.
Fábio Vieira
49' GOAL! BRENTFORD 0-3 ARSENAL! Vieira scores on his first league start for the Gunners! It's a peach of a goal too, as the Portuguese midfielder controls Saka's pass inside, looks up, and bends a left-footed curler into the bottom right corner via the post.
46' Arsenal get back to business, as Jesus has a shot blocked from the centre of the box.
46' Brentford get the second half going. No changes at half-time.
It's hard to see Arsenal letting their lead slip from here. Mikel Arteta's men are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League matches when leading at half-time, dating back to their game against Manchester City on New Year's Day. They've won 57 of their last 58 league games when they've been two or more goals up at the break.
A comfortable first half for Arsenal comes to an end. The Gunners were on top throughout the first 45 minutes and took the lead through Saliba from a corner. Jesus made it 2-0 within the half hour with a mighty header. Brentford haven't been up to much going forward. More to come!
45' Mbuemo reaches a deep cross from the left and heads off-target. There'll be two minutes of time added on at the end of this first half.
43' Arsenal keep the pressure on, peppering Brentford's goal from range. Tierney fires over first, then after a long spell of the visitors circulating the ball, so does Martinelli.
41' Saka has a crack at goal from range. Mee gets in the way of it.
39' Dasilva's unable to keep a one-two going down Brentford's right. The Bees haven't had a shot on goal for over half an hour.
38' Brentford turn the throw-in into one of their own. It's launched into Arsenal's box. Xhaka's able to deal with it.
37' Jensen's cross from the right sails over everyone. Arsenal get a throw-in on the opposite side of the pitch.
36' Xhaka fires off-target from outside the box. Up the other end, Mbuemo and Gabriel tussle for the ball and it goes out for a Brentford corner.
34' Dasilva's bundled over by Martinelli near Arsenal's corner flag. The Brentford fans want a free-kick for their team, but the referee isn't feeling generous.
33' Brentford take the corner short, but Mbuemo loses possession! Tierney gallops upfield and switches the play. Partey's attempted throughball is cleared.
31' Brentford earn a throw-in which is taken long. White plays it safe and heads it out for a corner to the hosts.
29' Arsenal aren't letting up yet. Saka's free to the right of the box but fires over. Brentford are being overwhelmed by the visitors' movement.
G. Xhaka
28' That was an emphatic finish by Jesus, but Xhaka's ball in was delightful. The Arsenal captain made it easy for his forward to bury it.
Gabriel Jesus
28' GOAL! BRENTFORD 0-2 ARSENAL! Jesus peels away from his marker to nod Xhaka's gentle left-footed drink into the top left corner. The Brazilian put all his force into that header!
26' Arsenal patiently approach Brentford's goal again. It feels like a matter of time until they get another decent scoring opportunity.
24' A promising Arsenal attack breaks down when Xhaka's poor touch puts the ball out for a Brentford throw-in.
23' Gabriel is escorted off before trotting back onto the pitch unaided. Tomiyasu is warming up just in case.
21' Gabriel goes down injured. He seems to have aggravated an existing problem with the back of his right leg. The physio comes on to give it a soothing rub.
19' That's Saliba's second goal of this Premier League season, and Saka's third assist. Saka's contributed to goals in each of his last four league games for Arsenal now.
B. Saka
17' Saka's corner there was excellent, and Saliba cleverly guided it into the net despite facing away from goal. Arsenal have gotten off to a great start!
W. Saliba
17' GOAL! BRENTFORD 0-1 ARSENAL! Arsenal force a corner down their right. Saka whips in the delivery and Saliba flicks it into the far bottom corner with his head. Raya claws the ball away but it's already crossed the line!
15' Toney tracks back to block Saka's attempted cross. That's good work by the Brentford striker, who's just received his first England call-up.
13' Mee makes a strong tackle to dispossess Vieira and give Arsenal a throw-in. The Portuguese midfielder questions the linesman but it's a fair challenge.
12' Martinelli swings the free-kick into Brentford's box. The hosts hook the bouncing ball away at the first opportunity.
11' Mee's penalised for holding Jesus back from retrieving the loose ball. Arsenal get a free-kick down their right.
10' Jesus is caught offside as he tries to latch onto Gabriel's throughball.
8' As expected, Arsenal are dictating the play early on. Brentford look alert and motivated though.
6' Mbuemo gets on the end of Henry's cross from the left to nod tamely at goal. Ramsdale has it covered.
5' Vieira brings down Janelt to hand Brentford a free-kick in Arsenal's half. It's cleared.
3' Arsenal get the game's first shot on goal. Xhaka slips Martinelli into the centre of the box. Raya easily saves the Brazilian's effort.
1' The visitors Arsenal get this match underway!
Brentford have won five of their six home league games against Arsenal, including a 2-0 victory in this exact fixture last season. Arsenal haven't drawn any of their last 23 Premier League games, the longest ongoing run without a draw among sides currently in the division. This game is unlikely to be dull.
There are also three changes to Arsenal from their loss to United. Tierney, Vieira, and Partey replace the injured Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard. Lokonga drops to the bench.
Thomas Frank makes three changes to Brentford from their destruction of Leeds. Ajer, Jansson, and Dasilva come into the starting 11.
SUBS: Eddie Nketiah, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Matt Turner, Matthew Smith, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Marquinhos, Rob Holding, Ethan Chidiebere Nwaneri, Lino Sousa.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka (c); Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli.
SUBS: Yoane Wissa, Shandon Baptiste, Sergi Canos, Thomas Strakosha, Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Frank Ogochukwu Onyeka, Mikkel Damsgaard, Saman Ghoddos, Zanka.
BRENTFORD (4-3-3): David Raya Martin; Aaron Hickey, Kristoffer Ajer, Ben Mee, Rico Henry; Pontus Jansson (c), Vitaly Janelt, Mathias Jensen; Bryan Mbuemo, Ivan Toney, Josh Dasilva.
After starting their league campaign with five straight wins, Arsenal's 3-1 defeat away to Manchester United in their last outing will have tempered their optimism. The Gunners are still in great shape though. and arrive in Brentford looking for a win to return them to the top of the Premier League table for now.
Brentford's strong start to the season continued last time out as the Londoners romped to a 5-2 victory over Leeds United. Only Manchester City have scored more goals than the Bees' 15 so far this season, and they now welcome Arsenal having lost just one of their last 17 home league London derbies.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League match between Brentford and Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium.