Arsenal will be looking to boost their chances of finishing in the top four with a victory against Brentford in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The Gunners will be seeking revenge against the Bees, who began life in the top flight with a surprise 2-0 home win over Mikel Arteta’s men on the opening day of the season.
Arsenal ended a five-game winless run across all competitions when they claimed a slender 1-0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers last Thursday night.
Mikel Arteta’s men are now positioned sixth in the Premier League table, four points behind Manchester United in fourth but with three games in hand.
Saturday’s game against Brentford is the first in a run of eight fixtures the Gunners will have against teams outside the so-called top six; however, they cannot take the Bees lightly after suffering a surprise defeat in the reverse fixture.
Arsenal’s opening-day loss was the first of three consecutive setbacks at the beginning of the campaign, which saw Arteta’s men plummet to the foot of the table at the end of August. Since then, however, only Manchester City (18) and Liverpool (14) have won more top-flight games than the Gunners (12).
With Arsenal boasting a 32-game unbeaten home record in the Premier League against promoted teams, they will fancy their chances of beating Brentford this weekend.
Brentford avoided a seventh successive defeat in all competitions when they played out a goalless draw at home against Crystal Palace last weekend.
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Thomas Frank will have been pleased with his side’s defensive display, keeping their first clean sheet since beating Everton 1-0 in November last year, but the Dane will be aware that their form needs to improve quickly if they are to avoid slipping into a relegation battle.
The Bees currently sit 14th in the Premier League standings, seven points above the drop zone, but all six teams below them have at least one game in hand.
Brentford head to the Emirates this weekend after failing to win any of their last eight away matches in the top flight, including six defeats and two draws, and they have conceded at least twice in each game during this unwanted run.