Arsenal were defeated 3-2 by Brentford at the Emirates this afternoon as Mikel Arteta’s first team squad continued their preparations for next week’s Premier League return.
Joe Willock put the Gunners ahead just before the break but the Bees hit back on the hour mark through Tariq Fosu. Despite Alex Lacazette putting us back in front, the visitors sealed victory thanks to further strikes by Halil Dervisoglu and Shandon Baptiste.
Ahead of kick off, the Gunners’ players and coaching staff took a knee in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It is expected they could do the same next Wednesday.
Judging by the pictures available on Getty Images, the players went on to hold an additional training session after the game.
This friendly comes five days after we beat Charlton 6-0 at the Emirates. It remains to be seen whether we squeeze in another game in the next few days.
We head to the Etihad in a week as we look to continue an unbeaten run in the Premier League that stretches back to December. ?
First half XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Tierney; Willock, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Second half XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka
60 – Martinez for Leno
60 – Sokratis for Bellerin
60 – Holding for Mustafi
60 – Kolasinac for Tierney
60 – Nelson for Aubameyang
60 – Martinelli for Saka
85 – Coyle for Nelson