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Beesotted contributors The Gowler and Paul Kowalczyk (@BeesBreakdown) give us the tactical and statistical lowdown of Brentford’s loss at the Emirates.

Thomas Frank stuck with a similar lineup to the Chelsea match, but a Reguilon hamstring injury forced Keane Lewis-Potter to take his place. The Bees backline consisted of Collins, Ajer, and Zanka with Lewis-Potter and Roerslev the wingbacks. Janelt, Nørgaard and Onyeka made up the midfield trio, with Jensen benched yet again. Wissa and Toney started up top, with Maupay waiting to make an impact as a substitute.

Mikel Arteta made one change in the starting XI that smashed Sheffied, with Trossard coming in for Martinelli after picking up an injury. Arsenal’s 4-3-3 had Ben White, Saliba, Gabriel, and Kiwior on the backline. An unchanged midfield consisted of Ødegaard, Jorginho, and Rice. The dangerous front three comprised Saka, Havertz, and Trossard.

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Arsenal did well to create chances from wide areas, using clever movement and pinpoint crosses to score both of their goals. They controlled 72% possession and won the xG battle, although not by much. Brentford weathered the storm for much of the match, but struggled to create chances from counter attacks.

The Gunners also threatened on corner kicks, racking up 10 corners throughout the match, although, the Bees did well to defend these situations against the best team in the league from corners.

Brentford forced Ramsdale into an error to grab a goal, but also created chances from set plays, such as long throw situations. Unfortunately, Brentford are still missing the threat of pace up front that prevents Big 6 sides from being as aggressive when in possession.

A trip to Turf Moor lies ahead for the Bees next weekend as they try to get back on track and get a much needed 3 points to distance themselves from the relegation zone.