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Aaron Ramsdale has kept 11 clean sheets for Arsenal in the Premier League this season


Arsenal full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu is in contention following a two-match absence with a calf problem.

Gabriel Martinelli is suspended as a result of his red card against Wolves last weekend.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank says Christian Eriksen is not quite ready to make his much-awaited return to competitive action.

Striker Ivan Toney, who has missed the past two games because of a calf injury, will be assessed.


Brentford ended their run of five defeats with a draw against Crystal Palace last weekend, but they still badly need a win to stop their slide down the table.

I don’t think they will get it at Emirates Stadium though. Arsenal’s victory at Wolves last time out, with 10 men, was massive for them. It was a kind of ‘us against the world’ moment so I can understand why they celebrated it so much.

The Gunners have not been among the goals much recently – Gabriel’s winner at Molineux is the only time they have found the net in their past five games – but I think they will find a way through the Bees and get a bit of revenge for their defeat on the opening weekend of the season.

Prediction: 2-0

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This is Arsenal’s first home league game against Brentford since a 2-2 draw in October 1946



  • This is Arsenal’s first home game against Brentford since a 3-1 win in the EFL Cup in September 2018.
  • Brentford are hoping to become the first promoted side to complete a Premier League double over Arsenal since Blackburn Rovers in 1992-93.
  • Their only victory in six competitive trips to Arsenal was by 2-0 in the top flight at Highbury in April 1938.


  • Since the end of August, only Manchester City and Liverpool have won more Premier League games than the 12 by Arsenal.
  • The Gunners earned their first competitive win of 2022 at the sixth attempt away at Wolves last weekend.
  • They have received four red cards and scored just two goals in those six fixtures.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their past 28 Premier League home matches kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday.
  • They have also gone 32 home league games without defeat against promoted sides since a 1-0 loss to Newcastle in November 2010.
  • Arsenal kept a clean sheet in five of their six most recent Premier League home fixtures.


  • Brentford ended a run of five straight Premier League defeats, and registered a clean sheet for the first time in 12 matches, with a 0-0 home draw against Crystal Palace last Saturday.
  • Nonetheless, six league games without a win is their worst run since December 2018.
  • The Bees could lose five consecutive away league matches for the first time in 11 years.
  • They won three of their opening seven Premier League fixtures this season, but their subsequent three victories have spanned 18 games.
  • Ivan Toney has scored in each of his last three Brentford appearances in all competitions.

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Choose your Brentford starting formation and line-up. It’s up to you how to approach it – you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

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