Arsenal host Brentford at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on Peacock Premium) as the Gunners seek revenge for their defeat at Brentford on the opening day of the season.
LIVE STREAM ARSENAL vs. BRENTFORD
Much has changed for both teams since then, as Arsenal have surged in the standings in recent months after a slow start to the season. Mikel Arteta finally made the Gunners robust as Ben White, Gabriel, Aaron Ramsdale and Kieran Tierney had great campaigns and were key in their 1-0 win over Wolves last time out. Now that injuries and suspension issues have mostly subsided (a short rest due to a rescheduled game at the weekend helped that), Arsenal can continue as they aim to finish in the top four. They are in an uphill battle with West Ham, Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves to finish fourth, but if the Gunners can keep things tight at the back they have the stars to win games in attack. Alexandre Lacazette remains their main man up front and he needs Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard to back him up and score plenty of goals between now and May.
As for Brentford, well, they stopped the rot by drawing at home to Crystal Palace last time out. They lost five games in a row before that and Thomas Frank’s side have won just three of their last 18 Premier League games. The newly promoted side have won three of their first seven games to put themselves in a good position, but suddenly the Bees are starting to look over their shoulder at relegation as they are seven points above the bottom three. . With Christian Eriksen all but ready to contribute for their first team, Frank hopes Eriksen’s creativity will give everyone a boost and get Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo fired again.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Arsenal vs Brentford.
[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ]
Arsenal squad news, injuries, roster
The Gunners are without Gabriel Martinelli after his red card against Wolves, while Takehiro Tomiyasu is closing in on a return from a shin injury and is on the bench. Bernd Leno is back after recently contracting COVID-19. Arsenal will have almost a full squad for the first time in a while and Mikel Arteta has so many options in central midfield which is a luxury, with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka filling the two midfield spots.
🚨 TEAM NEWS!
🇵🇹 Cédric starts
💪 Xhaka and Partey in midfield
🔥 Saka x Smith Rowe#ARSBRE
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 19, 2022
Brentford team news, injuries, roster
After seven months out following his cardiac arrest for Denmark against Finland last summer, Christian Eriksen returned to action playing 60 minutes in a friendly for Brentford against Southend during the week. He picked up an assist and the Denmark playmaker was all smiles afterwards, but he’s still a bit of a stretch from returning to the Premier League. Ivan Toney is still absent, while Zanka and Julian Jeanvier remain absent but Tarique Fosu is close to a return.
🚨 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐒 🚨
🔙 @joshdasilva_ makes his first start of the season
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) February 19, 2022