Seeking to avoid a third successive defeat across all competitions, Arsenal return to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon for a London derby against Brentford in the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta‘s side were stunned 1-0 by relegation-threatened Everton last time out, while the Bees cruised to a 3-0 triumph over Southampton to further their European ambitions.
Still unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season – only Newcastle United can also boast that feat – Arsenal welcome Brentford to the Emirates having won eight and drawn one of their last nine home fixtures in the top flight, albeit while keeping just two clean sheets in that time.
Brentford travel to the Emirates sitting pretty in seventh in the league table, just six points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Another frustrating afternoon could be on the cards for an Arsenal side who have lost their way a touch in recent weeks, especially with Brentford stringing together a spate of defensive masterclasses in their stellar unbeaten run.
However, Arteta’s men have turned up the heat in London derbies this season, and a return to home comforts is just what the doctor ordered for the league leaders, who should have enough in the tank to edge a close contest and go eight points clear at the summit, but Brentford will not make it easy for them.
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