Gunners Getting Close to Top Four

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The Premier League is always fun to watch, as you never know what kind of surprises top English teams can throw. However, nothing out of the ordinary happened at the Emirates Stadium when Arsenal and Brentford met, as the Gunners decided to play it safe and remain in the race for the Champions League qualifications.

According to the Premier League current match statistics, Arsenal has solid chances to join the top four teams on the table. The win against Brentford was more than welcome, just like the previous one against the Wolves. Still, to proceed to the Champions League, the Gunners must keep up the good work from the latest matches.

Even when it comes to the recent clash with Brentford, Arsenal only woke up in the match’s second half. Here are the highlights of this game, during which the Gunners convinced fans they could lift up from any situation.

Two Shots From the Gunners’ Cannons

The first half of the recent match between Arsenal and Brentford produced no sound of excitement on either side of the Emirates Stadium. Neither team managed to score during the first 45 minutes or so, and both of them hoped the half-time would help them reset and shake the net of the opponent’s goal in the remaining part of the match.

Luckily for Arsenal, this was exactly what happened thanks to Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. After two penalty appeals the referees turned down, Arsenal’s promising midfielder Smith Rowe spiced things up with a goal that will help Gunners come closer to the top of the table.

Approximately ten minutes before the whistle, Bukayo Saka confirmed the victory with another marvellous goal despite Brentford’s protests for the alleged foul on Pontus Jansson prior to the counterattack. Although Christian Norgaard managed to send the ball behind the goal line during injury-time consolation, this wasn’t enough to threaten Arsenal’s fantastic win.

Arsenal Dominated in Every Aspect

With their match against Chelsea cancelled, Arsenal had more than a week to prepare for the next venture. Apart from the two goals in the second half, the Gunners had a nice chance through Alexandre Lacazette, but the score got annulled due to an offside. 

Another notable moment in this match could’ve been turned into a score if the referees had said yes to a spot-kick when Cedric Soares’ hit Yoane Wissa’s arm. Unfortunately for Arsenal, the referees turned it down and let the match continue after consulting VAR.

After the final blow of the whistle, the statistics revealed Arsenal was shaping the match in almost all possible aspects. The Gunners fired a total of eight shots on target and had ball possession of 66% compared to Brentford’s 34%.

Arsenal was also better in terms of passes as it completed 562 of them, 85% of which were accurate. As for corners, we saw 14 of them for the Gunners, while their rival had none.

Although this victory helped Arsenal get even with West Ham by the number of points, the London team would have to improve some aspects of their gameplay for the upcoming matches. The Gunners made ten fouls, which is twice as much compared to Brentford, and received one yellow card. Still, based on the frequency of red cards being handed to them, Arsenal should try to take it easy and give up such rough gameplay, at least for some time.

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