Arsenal took a trip down to Brentford to show levels after being handed their first defeat this season last time out. Thomas made a return from injury as Captain Odegaard and Zinchenko had niggles. New signing Fabio Viera was given his first-ever start and was nothing short of exceptional.
Sustenance of pressure and possession on the ball by Arsenal
The most graving error we do as a team is that we take the foot off the pedal after a few mins of pressurizing the opponent. In the six games we have won we have handled that pretty well. We have been dominating games from minute one to 90, even in that solitary defeat we’ve had this season.
In the second minute of the game against Brentford, we had five players in the box. That demonstrates how far we’ve come as a group. Brentford prefers to absorb pressure and hit opponents on the break with speed. They begin games with the typical 5-3-2, with Toney coordinating attacks and posing a threat on set pieces.
Arsenal never gave them a chance to get back into the game, nor did they allow them to score on the break. Thomas Partey was the reason Arsenal resisted the press and didn’t get caught on the break. Two of the three goals conceded at Old Trafford came from counterattacks, so his absence was sorely missed.
If we can maintain this team fit for the North London Derby, it’ll be a no-brainer as I expect us to tear down Spurs. Possession of the ball is either matched with pace on the break or absorption of pressure. Given that we play at home, I don’t see us losing with the way we’ve been dominating games with the ball in our possession.
FABIO VIERA, TAKE A BOW
Was that Kevin De Bruyne in disguise? Certainly not, given that we have our own. A long-range screamer from Fabio announced his presence in the place of injured skipper Odegaard. He hit the inside of the post to seal the three points in a three-nil victory over Brentford.
He dictated the game’s pace against a low-block side and wasn’t afraid to take a long punt. He demonstrated incredible character and was unfazed by Brentford’s aggression. He had a game to remember because he’d be seen more frequently in the starting XI with a slew of games coming up.
The core performers from Arsenal
Granit Xhaka, the most deceptive player of this so-called “banter era,” has been the stand-out performer this season. He took the captain’s armband last game and put in a shift. His consistency has been one of the most contributing factors to our success thus far. In his “new role,” he plays a free-flowing 8, making late runs into the box as he accumulates numbers.
ALL PRAISES FOR SALIBA
Brentford boss Thomas Frank was impressed, to say the least, with William Saliba’s brilliance and lavished praise on him in this post-match interview. William Saliba, who was allegedly “disliked” and “not rated by the boss,” is now on his way to being the best Premier League defender this season. He radiates a serene and unconcerned demeanor. Saliba has adapted fast to the toughest level and physically intimidated his opponents. In addition to his incredible defensive abilities, he provides a threat to the opposing box on set pieces. Nicolas Jover, our set-piece coach, deserves special recognition.
Nwaneri, 15, made his senior squad debut in the closing stages of the game, becoming the youngest player ever to do so in top-flight football. Keep an eye out for this kid.
A NICE KICK ABOUT WITH THE BOYS
It was indeed a nice kick about with the boys, eh Toney? Next, we play our local rivals in one of the most ferocious fights in football history. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and show levels to a certain London team. Cheers, all good.