The Bees swarming into the top flight(first match there in over 70 years) with a morale boosting win over the Gunners. Howling calls for Arteta’s head are growing ever so louder, unjustly I might add. Both goals for Brentford happened just as the gunners were starting to build a sizeable amount of possession. Spaniard Sergi Canos put a nice finish to a Brentford move that saw them GET TO THE SECOND BALL after Arsenal seemingly had cleared their lines. Check out the build up, there was a bit of doubt whether Chambers had kept the ball in play. Just look at that gap between the Arsenal defense and the center circle. Arsenal were missing Aubamayeng and Lacazette, whilst Saka started from the bench. Balogun(promoted from the youth team) led the lines assisted by Brazil gold medalist Martinelli and Pepe. For not of want of trying they couldn’t test the Bees’ keeper Raya enough(they had a lot of innocuous shots at goal, I mean a lot , 22 to be precise just 4 on target). For Brentford, Mbeumo was impressive especially in the first half , and Toney was an equally great strike partner.
Norgaard who was part of Denmark’s great run at the Euros during the summer put the final nail in the proverbial coffin with a goal of sophisticated simplicity. The goal was Stoke-esque with the Bees number 29 acting the Rory Delap role in Oscar winning fashion. Smith Rowe, well you got to feel for the Gunner’s playmaker he put in a shift but was let down by the inaccurate attackers. David Raya capping off an excellent display on the night with a top drawer save from Pepe in the dying minutes of the game. Arsenal’s issues go far beyond the coach, they hired a Europa League winning coach he failed and now a former Man City number 2 is failing so let us get that out of the way. The team’s issue date back to the Arsene Wenger era, the self imposed mini transfer embargo after the move from Highbury to the Emirates. The model of promoting the youngsters into the first team however noble isn’t working at Arsenal. Once you get used to a frugal existence you tend to continue with that model even when the books start going into the black. They suffer from their own “paradox of thrift” . They need to spend much more on QUALITY players than just 50 million pounds on a defender. Great players don’t come cheap, sometimes you need to break the bank to get to winning ways, just watch what Man City has done in the last decade. It’s going to be a LONG SEASON for the ARSENAL.