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Arsenal at Brentford match thread: back in action

The Gunners resume their Premier League campaign.

Brentford v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Third Round Photo by MB Media/Getty Images

Arsenal travel across London to face Brentford as the Premier League resumes following the last international break until March. Both clubs enter the match unbeaten in 14+ consecutive London derbies, the first time in top flight history that rather niche phenomenon has occurred. The Bees last lost a PL London derby to...Arsenal, 3-0 last September. The Gunners last loss in a PL London derby was at Tottenham in May 2022.

Arsenal prevailed 1-0 over Brentford in late September in the Carabao Cup: an early Reiss Nelson goal held up. Last season, the clubs drew 1-1 at the Emirates in February. You may remember that match as the one where the VAR team forgot to draw the offside lines that almost certainly would have ruled out a Brentford equalizer. The Gunners beat the Bees 3-0 at the Community Stadium early last season.

Brentford can be a tough nut to crack on their home ground. Last season, they were 10-7-2, winning the 7th most points at home of all Premier League clubs. Thomas Frank’s side are 2-3-1 at home to start this season. Of course, they’re without the services of Ivan Toney, who isn’t eligible to return from his suspension for betting on football until mid-January.

David Raya is the other significant change for Brentford from last season. The Spanish keeper is on loan to Arsenal and ineligible to face his parent club. Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal for the Gunners.

Arsenal will also be without Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and Jurrien Timber. Partey is expected to be out until at least late December, Smith Rowe until mid-December, and Timber until late Spring. Ben White, who missed the final match before the international break, is still dealing with a knock and may not be available. He is not expected to miss much more time.

Gabriel Jesus played the entirety of Brazil’s loss to Argentina on Tuesday, so he’s good to go following his hamstring injury. Martin Ødegaard is set to make his return from the concussion that kept him out after he made his brief return from a hip problem.

Rico Henry, Kevin Schade, Aaron Hickey, Mikkel Damsgaard, and Josh Dasilva are unavailable for Brentford. Keane Lewis-Potter is a doubt.

Arsenal - Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Trossard, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Brentford - Flekken, Ajer, Mee, Pinnock, Janelt, Norgaard, Onyeka, Yarmoliuk, Mbeumo, Ghoddos, Wissa

WHAT: Arsenal at Brentford
WHERE: Gtech Community Stadium
WHEN: Saturday, November 25th 9:30 am PT | 12:30 pm ET | 6:30 pm BT
US TV: USA and UNIVERSO.

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