There were no matches for Arsenal football club on Wednesday or even Thursday, as they are not in any European competition. They do however are set to clash with Brentford, come this Saturday.
Arsenal is now sixth in the table, but they have a staggering three games in hand! They are four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United and will be trying to close the gap when they face the Bees.
Arsenal and Arteta can consider their season successful if they can finish in the top 4.
For the Bees, however, a top 4 finish is too rich for them, this season. Their aims and aspirations are far more modest than those of their opponents.
The newly-promoted side is 14th on the table and are 7 points above the drop zone.
They are desperate for points and they’ll cling onto anything they can get.
Same cities, different ambitions.
Ladies and gentlemen, It’s Arsenal vs Brentford at the Emirates.
There is not much to go by when it comes to history, as both sides have faced each other only twice, arsenal has won once when they faced the bees in a League Cup fixture in 2018, whereas Brentford won the reserve fixture this season.
It’s one apiece for both the sides.
Arsenal has won only once in their last 5 games they have played in all competitions. However, their premier league form is a shade better than that. They have won 3 of their last 5 in the English top flight.
Their counterpart, the bees have only managed to take a point from their last 5 games. They suffered four consecutive defeats until securing a point against Southampton, via a 0-0 draw, which was their latest encounter.
Brentford is attempting to become the first promoted side since Blackburn Rovers in 1992-93 to complete the Premier League double-over Arsenal.
Since a 1-0 loss to Newcastle in November 2010, Arsenal has gone unbeaten in their past 32 Premier League home games against promoted teams (W27 D5). The Gunners have only failed to score once in those 32 games, a 0-0 tie with Middlesbrough in October 2016.
Arsenal dropped to the bottom of the Premier League rankings after losing their first three league games this season. Only the top two teams, Manchester City (18) and Liverpool (14), have won more Premier League games since then than Arsenal (12).
Arsenal in their last 5 premier league games has lost only once. Whereas Brentford in their last 5 Premier League matches has taken only a point.
With Arsenal hosting Brentford at the Emirates it’s hard to see anything but a victory for the gunners.
Despite an excellent start to the season for the Bees, they are facing a massive dip in their form and Premier League has not been easy on them.
Maybe the early optimism and beginners’ luck has run out and they are facing the reality that is the cold-blooded and extremely competitive nature of the Premier League.
Heading into this, Arsenal is the clear favorites but the Premier League is always a tricky affair.
The gunners would still have to play their best football to overcome this hurdle.
Otherwise, Bees can also sting!