The Premier League weekend kicks off with the leaders, as Arsenal look to bounce back after suffering back-to-back defeats in their previous two domestic fixtures. Arsenal remain five points ahead in the race for the title, but they face a pivotal week, starting with the visit of Brentford.
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For the first time this season, Arsenal are facing questions in the Premier League title race. The Gunners have lost each of their previous two in all competitions, which includes a 1-0 loss against Manchester City in the FA Cup. Still, their position in the standings remains strong, as they boast a five-point advantage over Manchester City at this stage of the season.
The Gunners will be looking for an immediate response on Saturday, as they were beaten in the early kick off by Everton last weekend. That was only the second loss in the league that Arsenal has suffered this term, with both coming on the road. However, the injuries are beginning to mount up for Mikel Arteta and his team, and so is the pressure.
There will be no such pressure on Thomas Frank and his Brentford side, as they are already enjoying a memorable second campaign in the Premier League. The Bees look to be serious contenders for a European spot this term, as they sit seventh at the half way stage. Brentford has been in excellent recent form, winning four of their previous five.
Brentford’s excellent form was maintained last weekend, as they picked up a solid 3-0 home win against Southampton. Bryan Mbeumo and Mathias Jensen both got goals in the win. A famous victory at the Emirates this weekend could lift them to within three points of fifth-placed Tottenham.
Arsenal vs Brentford Head to Head
Arsenal has picked up three wins from four previous meetings against Brentford in the past ten years. Brentford’s only win over the Gunners came on the opening day of last season. Arsenal has won the previous two, which included a 3-0 win earlier this season.
Arsenal vs Brentford Prediction
This is a very tricky fixture for Arteta and his title-challenging Gunners. Brentford has the ability to hurt the Gunners in the final third, and we would be surprised if they didn’t manage to find the net. We could see the wheels coming off Arsenal’s title challenge this weekend, as the points are shared.
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