Arsenal legend Ian Wright was just as frustrated as all of us last night as Mikel Arteta’s men failed to turn up against newly-promoted Brentford.
The Gunners went into the game with a huge handicap. All three of our recognised strikers – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah – were ruled out, and young Folarin Balogun had to start as a result.
Arsenal’s average age last night was just 24. That is an extremely young squad, but that is no excuse for the Gunners to perform the way they did at the Brentford Community Sheild stadium yesterday.
Ian Wright reacts to Brentford 2-0 Arsenal
Ian Wright was on punditry duty last night for Premier League Productions. The Arsenal legend claimed pre-match that he’d be happy with a draw and predicted that our young, exciting front four will cause Brentford’s slow defence a ton of problems.
However, the Bees looked comfortable all evening. Although the Gunners had 22 shots at goal, only four were on target and just one strike was good enough to really test David Raya – Nicolas Pepe in the final few minutes of the game.
Brentford wanted it more and were the better side. They fully deserved to win the game, but Arsenal’s display is a huge cause for concern and Wrighty was absolutely furious on Twitter.
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Wrighty’s right, Arsenal didn’t match them in any area of the pitch. Their passing was excellent, they turned over possession really well and they showed incredible desire to win the ball in every duel. That made Arsenal look mediocre and we deservedly lost.
Mikel Arteta has a lot of questions to answer now. The Gunners boss had to get his boys to hit the ground running, but he has failed. Arsenal face Chelsea and Manchester City next, and it won’t be a surprise at all to see us come away from that with zero points.
That will put even more pressure on Arteta. If Arsenal cannot bounce back and be anywhere near the top four in the next two months, the Spaniard could well face the same fate as his compatriot, Unai Emery, did back in November 2019.