Arsenal played Brentford in a secret friendly behind closed doors today and Mikel Arteta’s men managed to pick up a 4-0 win against the side that embarrassed us on the opening day of the new Premier League season.
Goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Alexandre Lacazette either side of Cedric Soares’ brace gave us an emphatic 4-0 victory at London Colney.
Nobody really knew about the game today until a few minutes before kickoff. It’s clear that the Gunners didn’t want too much attention, which is why there was no telecast. However, the match report on the official website gives us an insight into how everything went down.
Three things we learned as Arsenal beat Brentford 4-0 in a friendly
Good news on White and Gabriel
Almost every Arsenal fan agrees that Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes are our first-choice central defensive pairing. The former has missed our last two games due to illness, while the Brazilian hasn’t featured yet this season due to a knee injury.
Both players played about 70 minutes today which shows they’re getting back to full fitness. That is excellent news for us ahead of the return of the Premier League where Arsenal have no margin for error whatsoever.
Maitland-Niles in midfield
After all the drama in the final two days of the transfer window, Arsenal managed to hold onto Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The Englishman made it clear to everyone that he wanted to go, but a chat with Arteta convinced him to stay.
As a possible reward, the 24-year-old was handed a start in his preferred midfield position. It’s unclear how Maitland-Niles fared, but he helped keep a clean sheet and won the free-kick that Lacazette converted. He may well have made his case ahead of the game against Norwich.
Cedric Soares steps up
The Portuguese international had a shocking game against Manchester City just before the break. Multiple rumours have since linked him with a move to Turkey, but his impressive brace today may just convince Arsenal to retain his services.
With the arrival of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna on deadline day, Cedric’s chances of regular game time has taken another hit. However, his performance in the secret friendly today will certainly give Arteta a few things to think about going forward.