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Report: Brentford 0-1 Arsenal (inc. goal)

Result: Brentford 0-1 Arsenal
Competition: Carabao Cup
Date: 27 September 2023
Venue: Gtech Community Stadium

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Kiwior, Jorginho, Havertz, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Sagoe Jr, Nketiah

Subs: Hein, Cedric, Sweet, Walters, Zinchenko, Elneny, Odegaard, Cozier-Duberry, Jesus

Arsenal secured their place in the Carabao Cup 4th Round with a battling 1-0 win at Brentford.

An early Reiss Nelson goal was enough to separate the sides although the Gunners had to withstand a second half barrage from the home side who forced a fine stop from Aaron Ramsdale and a near-miraculous block by Jakub Kiwior.


Arsenal were always going to rotate for the Carabao Cup but with six first team squad members injured, Mikel Arteta wasn’t in a position to make wholesale changes. Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Eddie Nketiah retained their place from the North London derby while Jorginho, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson, who all featured off the bench against Sp*rs, also started. Smith Rowe was making his 100th appearance for the Gunners while young winger Charles Sagoe Junior was handed an unexpected debut. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus were kept in reserve.

First Half

Away from home against Premier League opposition and having made a host of changes, you’d have been forgiven for thinking Arsenal were in for a tough ride at a stadium they lost at two years ago. In truth, it was a very comfortable first half for Mikel Arteta’s side, who looked solid at the back – a couple of scares aside – and patient on the ball.

It certainly helped that the Gunners grabbed an early opener. A poor back pass by Brentford’s Jorgensen was intercepted by Nketiah in the box and the striker unselfishly teed up Nelson who took a touch and passed the ball into the net. (GOAL 1-0)

After his mistake on Sunday, Jorginho looked a little nervy to start but he soon settled and kept things ticking over in midfield. Nelson looked bright, particularly with his tracking back, Havertz was his typically languid self and Smith Rowe, after a couple of rusty touches, actually looked very tidy.

The England international made a burst into the box on 24 minutes that ended with a shot being blocked at close quarters and he repeated the trick just past the half-hour mark, first playing a smart give-and-go with Jorginho, before forcing keeper Flekken into a very decent stop down low to his right.

Nketiah, also played in by Jorginho, was the next to try his luck at wriggling through the entire Brentford defence but he couldn’t find the space for a shot.

At the other end, Tomiyasu made a fine block to deny Janelt – greeted warmly by the travelling Gooners – and Wissa fired wide first time after finding himself in acres of space on the edge of the box. Ramsdale also had a bit of a moment when he got caught dawdling on the ball but he was bailed out by Gabriel Magalhaes.

Second Half

Having had little to cheer in the opening period, the Brentford fans decided to take their frustration out on Ramsdale in the Arsenal goal. First, they taunted the keeper with a few rounds of “You’re just a shit David Raya” before greeting every goal kick with the classic “You’re shit, aaaahhh.” Knowing, Rambo, he’ll have loved it.

He’ll have been less impressed by the sloppiness of Gabriel who having tidied up at the back got pickpocketed in the box by a backtracking Wissa. The danger was averted but it was a sign of growing ambition from the home side.

After left-back Hickey had a curler blocked by White for a throw, Thomas Frank made two changes, sending on Norgaard and Ghoddos. The latter immediately attempted a volley from 20 yards that required a solid block. Tomiyasu was the next to throw himself into the line of fire, blocking a Wissa shot from a Ghoddos cutback. Moments later the Congolese striker thought he finally had the equaliser only for Ramsdale to make a spectacular stop to his left, tipping the ball onto the post. The keeper reacted by screaming into the crowd.

His side under the cosh, Arteta sent on Zinchenko and Jesus for the booked White and Sagoe Jr. The youngster looked energetic but he struggled to impose himself on the game and it was no surprise to see him subbed off; still, a proud day for him and his family. The changes necessitated a rejig at the back with Kiwior switching from the left to the centre and Tomiyasu moving to right-back.

As the game ticked into the final 20 minutes, Nelson should have made the home side pay for their profligacy but he couldn’t hit the target from Havertz’s cutback. After the Bees had flashed an effort over the bar, Nketiah had his best opportunity of the night, latching onto a Jesus pass before toe-poking at goal. Flekken made the save.

The end-to-end action continued with Onyeka the next to sting Ramsdale’s palms. Tomiyasu then made another block from Ghoddos. With their next attack, Brentford finally put the ball in the Arsenal net only for the goal to to be chalked off for an offside in the build-up. It was the correct decision on a night when there was no VAR in action.

Eager to hold onto the lead, Arteta replaced the tiring Smith Rowe and Nelson with Odegaard and Elneny. While the Egyptian did fire wide from range, the changes did little to change the momentum. Only an amazing stop by Kiwior’s arse and more wayward shooting by Wissa saw us retain our advantage.

In the dying seconds of five minutes of stoppage time, Brentford hurled the ball into the box a couple more times but Ramsdale managed to get safe hands on the ball, much to the relief of his defence.

So far this season, we’ve played three games on the road and won them all one-nil. Very Arsenal.

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Not a legendary performance but did the job, Nelson and Kiwior were impressive, ESR in the first half before fading a bit… and Ramsdale deserves his place back


not to forget Kiwior’s arse which was just as impressive

Johnny 4 Hats

Agreed on Rambo. If he doesn’t play at the weekend then all that talk about competition was untrue. Raya dropped a stinker. Rambo played great. He deserves the jersey. For now, at least.


Raya dropped a stinker? Are you forgetting the scooped diving save? He was class.


And the ball over the bar he parried back into play for the first equalilizer.


Speaking about performances I’d like to have a word with our set piece coach. Every throw in we get looks like a potential booking and nobody looks concerned. Those accumulated yellows will haunt us. On the other hand all our opponents have all the space in the world on their throws, even in our defensive third!


Ben White has been doing this for ages. I don’t what the hell he is waiting for.


OMG, people are starting to notice! This has been going on for a fair good while now (like more than a season!) I am tired of screaming “just throw the fucking ball” every friggin’ game. Like, there’s an open man sometimes that they could have quickly thrown to, but they dilly dally and before you know it, that open man is quickly closed down by the opposition. Most of the time, even after wasting all that time scanning for a great option, they end up losing the ball immediately the throw is made. I apologise for ranting but this has… Read more »


Honestly throw-ins have been an Arsenal weakness a lot longer than that. Remember Bellerin’s “that’s how I’ve always done it” foul-throws?


Even worse is whne a ball is allowed to trickle out for a throw in when we could have easily gotten the ball and pushed on. Starting to think its a coaching thing.




Some good performances from the second string tonight, especially ESR in the first half. Jorgingho was decent too. Both teams could have scored a few more, but nice win.


Outstanding match from Kiwior, we’ve unearthed a real gem there. Nice to see the other fringe players put in a good shift – Smith Rowe and Nelson were both good, and it was a great debut for Sagoe Jr.

Hopefully not such a difficult draw for the fourth round.


think Kiwi might be good enough to unseat Gabriel any time soon? 🙀


No slight against Gabriel who’s a hell of a player. Just asking the question… could Kiwi be even better? I don’t know the answer. But based on today it seems a remote possibility


Not that I’m overly hurt by the downvotes but I don’t see the need for it considering I’m only wishing our player to be good and provide real competition. I guess many of you are opposed to that and want him to be bad? Fine 🤷


Well you asked a question, I’d say in this case the down view are answers, i.e. no. rather than a vote against the question


That actually makes sense, thank you for making that as clear as a fresh pair of Sunglasses


Well at this point the downvotes seem just unnecessarily mean. But it’s ok, I’ve become comfortably numb.

Crash Fistfight

Some people eat kiwis with the skin on. Absolute monsters, if you ask me.

Ray's ice cream Parlour

Man City…..


Tomi was fantastic today.


I think the whole backline deserve some praise, battled well against the physicality and long throws.

Might be a great opportunity to lift a trophy this year, especially with perennial winners, City, currently losing.

djourou's nutmeg

while i thought they played well individually, our back four was a mess. how many chances did that wissa guy bottle? we kept giving brentford spaces to do whatever they wanted and we were lucky they just rocketed time and time again. it was dreadful defensive organization.


We are big, tough side and technically very good all over the pitch so credit to Mikel for getting us here. That said, I find us tough to watch this season (bar psv). We go ahead and then just sit on a one goal lead, happy to man city the ball around…except we aren’t nearly as good as them yet. So the opposition realise that we don’t have any interest on killing them off and start having a go at us, trying to force a mistake. The margins are too fine and we are way too slow on the ball.… Read more »


Agreed. Also, leaving the opposition with hope just increases the chances of injuries as they are more inclined to dive into tackles, and if we do end up conceding we’re completely on the back foot and again prone to injury, this time from over committing as we try to claw something back from the game. Realistically we need to be at least two goals ahead and comfortably in control of the ball if we even want to think about taking our foot off the gas.


Two goals ahead last season wasn’t enough to see out a few games.


Spot on great comment it is so frustrating as well.




Solid result against a very determined Brentford side. Went to theirs, got what we needed, no injuries, lovely stuff.

Gervinho is Driving

This cup is a stupid competition, but if we use it to keep fringe players sharp I suppose it has some value. I can never remember who wins it, except that it was probably City and they won it by accident because they have so much quality that they lose track of the quality and some of it wanders off to this competition and wins some matches.


Agree 100%. Whilst I’m always pleased we win, this competition should not exist. It’s a signifier of nothing and actually detracts from football in general.


Well it won’t be Citeh this year!


A perfect summary of this silly competition. Glorified training runs, nice in that some guys got some minutes in their legs, but the most important thing (even more than the win) is it seems there were no new injuries. Solid win…


Realistically it’s really hard to win the League or the Champions League so we shouldn’t be turning up our noses at this or the FA Cup. After last year’s nearly I’d like some silverware this season. I think a final at Wembley is a good thing to enjoy.


Sagoe let’s go! Happy for him. And for Reiss and Emil. May we see more young boys get a run out in this tournament.


If Havertz is worth 65m, then I’m worth about 30m.
I don’t care about votes. He’s simply not a very good player. He doesn’t even seem to have an awareness of those around him. He doesn’t make decent contact with the ball half the time. I have no idea what Mikel has seen in him.


I only saw the end, but he did have what easily could have been an assist for Nelson. Great awareness to pick him out. Either that or a mishit for another target. 🙂

Naked Cygan

I am no fan of Havertz, but did you watch the game? He did a lot of great defensive work, lots of solid link up play, great passing. He just needs to improve his positioning when we attack. He tends to have his back to the ball a lot and stay to close to the defenders.


Big question mark there for sure. Hopefully there is a very good player in there somewhere

Mick Malthouse

I once said Cesc was too slow ever to be a Premiership footballer, so I’m a pretty crap judge, but I can’t see the potential in Havertz. Really hope I’m wrong again though!

Hail Gus!

No goals, no assists and no clue. Nice one Mikel.


Come on. Really? He was one of our better players tonight in possesion and worked his arse off. I get it. You don’t like him and you made your mind up the moment he signed. He played for Chelsea, he’s too laid back and he hasn’t scored 17 overhead kicks in his first 6 games. I am sure you would rather be proven right then see him do well in an Arsenal shirt.


and yup…to the point…I like..


Erm, not really. I’ve really been waiting to see signs that he’ll come good but I must say that I’m no longer convinced. His close control isn’t great. His shots are tepid. His passes are often wayward. Yes he makes a few clean tackles and passes but that’s not what you pay £65m for. Plus he’s got loads of Prem League experience so the settling in argument doesn’t count. I just don’t think he’s a very good footballer at the highest level.


He actually has a good game with some great defensive tackles and also worked hard. He even created a good chance for Nelson to seal the win. He’s taken over from Xhaka as the player who must be hated.

El Mintero

Eh? Granit was awesome and sorely missed. Hindsight 20/20 and all that but if we had extended him by another 2 yrs we’d have avoided the giving Chelsea silly money for a proven PL flop and that money could have been spent upgrading the Eddie position…

The Beast

Lol, let the revisionism begin!


you forget that granit‘s wife wanted to return to her homeland… 😉


Far be it for me to put youngsters down, but sagoe was anonymous. It also didn’t help that nobody wanted to pass him the ball


He was there to get exposure, and save some minutes off Jesus’ legs.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Ramsdale man of the match.
On to the next round.


Ramsdale is good. But he’s also chaotic. More of hoofing upfront and less of building up play from the back yesterday – wonder why. He sometimes seems more interested in happenings around him – case in point, turning around to celebrate at the Brentford crowd after making a save. While it makes for good banter, it’s just not what top goalkeepers do during the course of the game. Overall and on balance Raya is a better goalie and will keep his place.


Reiss Nelson had a great first half. ESR had some really good moments but you can tell he’s rusty and also learning to play in a new position.

Garth Sutherland

It was Norgaard coming off for Jensen I believe.


Kiwior’s passing is crisp. He just needs a bit more aggression and I think he could be a really good player.


In the match report it says Janelt was greeted warmly by the travelling Gooners. Why would that be the case? He never played for Arsenal as far as I’m aware? Anyone know what connection he has with us?


You’re shit aaaaahhhhhh. So 1980’s and so Leicester. Chelsea and Leicester, helicopters, plummeting. Taste is not there and I fully apologise.

Any club, Leicester, Watford used to do it. When a keeper kicks the ball with that dated shite, a penalty should be given immediately.

djourou's nutmeg

no one else has said it so im gonna do it: horrible match, looked like a training session. neither team tried to win, we just held the ball with no purpose and brentford watched us pass it around without even trying to recover it. our defense allowed his strikers to do whatever they wanted and we were lucky they suck. just a boring, languishing performance that only changed to a real match’s tempo when odegaard and jesus came on. i bet arteta was furious with the lack of energy and rhythm we showed, but oh well. silly cup with second… Read more »

Dr. Gooner

First half observations… Nketiah. Needs a second effort. Too often I see him stop playing if his first close down or first move on the ball fails. Persistence!! Have an elite mentality: don’t let that defender off the hook. He terrifies defenders when he gives a full effort but then just stops. Frustrating. ESR: this is what I’m talking about with dynamism from midfield. The big chance he fashions after the 1-2 with Jorginho, that’s a the type of play we need more often. Him or Bukayo in that role would cook. He was better with his first touch and… Read more »


Something does not look right with current team, pressing is not consistent as it was last season. Some players are not looking fresh and looking tired others lacking confidence. Happy to see Elneny return, once he and Odegaard arrived we started exerting more control in the midfield. It was strange to see Arsenal lumping balls forward to a non-existing target man. Not sure if Nketiah has lost some pace or is tired because he never even tried to rush on to these balls over top. Havertz had a couple of good moments and created that chance for Nelson. ESR love… Read more »

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