Full Arsenal Squad Revealed For The EPL Tie Vs Brentford As Saka White Pepe And Lokonga Lead The Selection

Mikel Arteta’s men will take short trip to the west London to kick-off their new Premier League campaign against newly-promoted side Brentford on Friday evening.

The Gunners are endured a disappointing campaign in the two previous season – finished 8th place but this season’s big difference will be the absence of European football of any kind, which should allow Mikel Arteta to focus solely on the Premier League.

In bid to break back into Champions League places at the end of the season, Arteta has already made three addition to his current squad, Nuno Tavares from Benfica, Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and Ben White from Brighton while also confirmed that the club fans should expected more quality players arrive at Emirates before transfer window close later this month.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s men endured a mixed bag pre-season, starting with a loss to Hibernian. They returned from Scotland winless after mustering a draw to Rangers.

Their much-publicised trip to the United States got called off owing to positive coronavirus cases within their staff, and Arsenal played their next set of games at London Colney.

After winning back-to-back behind-closed-door games, Mikel Arteta’s side endured a tough phase in the Mind Series, co-hosted by Tottenham and Chelsea. Despite putting in decent performances against both neighbours, Arsenal took back-to-back defeats to finish their pre-season on a low.

Ahead of their trip to west London to take on Brentford, who ended the previous Championship season on a nine-game unbeaten home run, Mikel Arteta will be without three first-team players.

Thomas Partey, who sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea is totally rule out the action. And the Ghanaian likely to miss the Gunner entirely fixtures in August.

Eddie Nketiah also battle with injury problem, as a result of that the Englishman is not available for the selection while Gabriel Magalheas, who return to London Colney this week, is not expected to be available to trip to west London side.

But Gabriel Martinelli, who helping the Selecao to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, made first appearances alongside his team-mates at London Colney on Thursday morning after returns to Arsenal training session immediately after the Tokyo Olympics.

The 19-year-old trained alongside his team-mates ahead of their kick-off match against Brentford and there’s possiblities for him to feature against the newly-promoted side. Bukayo Saka, Sambi Lokonga, Ben White alongside the rest of Mikel Arteta’s men look sharp at London Colney on Thursday, with the Gunners hope to start the season in decent form.

Full Arsenal squad available to face Brentford:

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo

Defenders: Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Nuno Tavares, Ben White.

Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith-Rowe.

Strikers: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, & Folarin Balogun, Gabriel Martinelli.

Where is the match being played? at the Brentford Community Stadium.

When is kick off? Friday 13 August, at 8:00PM

Where to watch Brentford vs Arsenal

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

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