Arsenal’s penultimate friendly of pre-season ended in defeat as Brentford won 2-1 at London Colney.
Featuring a starting lineup made up exclusively of players who came off the bench in the weekend’s win over Chelsea, the Gunners went down early to a Bryan Mbeumo goal before drawing level through Eddie Nketiah’s strike.
The Bees, regular opponents in behind closed doors friendlies at the training ground, completed the scoring just before the break thanks to Ryan Trevitt.
The club’s match report claims Arsenal piled on the pressure in the second half with Nketiah, Marquinhos, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles and Cedric all coming close but an equaliser wasn’t forthcoming.
Given the four substitutes were all members of the academy, we’re guessing the big guns weren’t part of the squad and are being saved for Saturday’s Emirates Cup clash with Sevilla at the Emirates.
Arsenal: Turner, Cedric, Walters (Awe 46), Holding, Tavares (Souza 76), Elneny, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles (Patino 85), Marquinhos, Nelson (Sagoe Jr 90), Nketiah.