Two key Arsenal stars return in behind closed doors friendly against Brentford

Arsenal faced Brentford in a behind closed doors friendly on Thursday (Picture: Arsenal Twitter)

Arsenal scored their first goals of the new campaign against Premier League opposition, albeit in a behind closed doors friendly against Brentford on Thursday.

Having lost three games in succession, including against the newly promoted Bees, Mikel Arteta is under growing pressure to turn the his crisis-ridden side around.

The Spaniard has invested close to £160million on new talent over the course of the summer transfer window with versatile Japan international defender Takehiro Tomiyasu arriving on deadline day to bolster a defence which has shipped nine goals already.

Headline summer recruit, Ben White, who has missed the last two matches with Covid made his return against Brentford, however, while Gabriel Magalhaes featured for the first team for the first time since suffering an injury while on international Olympic duty with Brazil last month.

Both players came through unscathed as an experienced Arsenal side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners, with all their goals coming in the second half.

Arsenal vs Brentford | Friendly Details

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Chambers, White (Hutchinson 76), Mari, Gabriel (Holding 69), Cedric: Maitland-Niles, Elneny (Patino 33); Martinelli, Lacazette, Pepe.

Goals: Gabriel 46, Lacazette 60, Cedric 76, 89.

More to follow…


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