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Premier League:Smith Rowe, Saka Shines ;Arsenal Beat Brentford 2-1

by Kolkata Today

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scored second-half goals as Arsenal beat Brentford 2-1 and moved within one point of the top four.

The Gunners started quickly at Emirates Stadium, with Saka testing David Raya shortly before Alexandre Lacazette tapped in a Granit Xhaka cross, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.


Smith Rowe eventually broke the deadlock with Arsenal’s 17th shot of the match, cutting in from the left and finding the bottom-right corner on 48 minutes.

Emile Smith Rowe not only scored Arsenal’s 600th Premier League goal at the Emirates on Saturday – but it was also his 10th of the season.
Arsenal’s second goal came 11 minutes from time as Saka finished well off the far post.

Christian Norgaard got a goal back for Brentford in second-half stoppage time but it was too late to prevent Arsenal recording back-to-back victories.

The Gunners remain sixth but have at least two matches in hand on all of the teams above them.

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Brentford stay 14th with 24 points, six points clear of the bottom three.

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Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe said ,”It’s a bit surreal to be honest. Me and Bukayo have both come from the academy, Eddie as well. To hear the fans screaming our names and scoring that today together, it’s just been great.”

After the match Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said ,”We had really clear intentions, a real purpose to attack them, be consistent, take risks, be direct, have enough runs in behind and threat, put the ball in the box, arrive with numbers, counter-press, don’t allow them to make the transition that they want to do.

We really controlled the game I think, we played really, really well, but we didn’t score the goal that for sure we merited in that period and then the game is open.

We started the second half really well, scored a really good goal from Emile and then it was about being patient, score the second one and close the game and we’ve done that. But at the end, unfortunately, we concede a goal on a set piece.”



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