Arsenal beaten by Brentford in Premier League warm-up friendly despite Lacazette and Willock goals

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Arsenal beaten by Brentford in Premier League warm-up friendly despite Lacazette and Willock goals


Arsenal lost 3-2 to Brentford on Wednesday as they played their second behind-closed-doors friendly ahead of the Premier League restart.

Having won 6-0 against relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, this time Mikel Arteta’s side faced Championship contenders at the Emirates Stadium in the shape of Thomas Frank's Bees.

The Gunners took the lead through midfielder Joe Willock, whose goal before the break gave them a 1-0 lead at half-time.

Brentford, however, levelled through Tarique Fosu and, despite Alexandre Lacazette putting Arsenal back ahead, the Bees scored twice late on through Halil Dervisoglu and Shandon Baptiste to claim the win.

Before kick-off, the Arsenal squad and head coach Arteta all took a knee and wore t-shirts emblazoned with messages showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The movement has grown support in recent weeks following the death of American George Floyd while in police custody and clubs are in talks regarding tributes before Premier League matches.


Arsenal broke the deadlock five minutes before the interval against Brentford when a low ball across the edge of the box found Willock, who slotted home.

Arteta then made five changes at half-time, with David Luiz, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Lacazette all coming on.

Brentford, though, levelled the scores through Fosu with just under 20 minutes remaining when the winger sent a powerful rising strike past goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Arsenal hit back straightaway through Lacazette and looked on course to claim victory.
However, Brentford drew level again through Dervisoglu and completed the comeback when Baptiste found the back of the net.

Arsenal must now get ready to face Manchester City on June 17 as the Premier League finally returns.

Arsenal teams
First-half XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Tierney; Willock, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Second-half XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka


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