Arsenal 1-1 Brentford: Leandro Trossard scores but Gunners held

Leandro Trossard scores for Arsenal

Substitute Leandro Trossard scored his first goal for Arsenal but the Premier League leaders missed the chance to move eight points clear at the top as Ivan Toney earned resilient Brentford a deserved point.

After a goalless first half in which the Bees hit the woodwork through Toney, the Gunners took the lead when Trossard struck at the back post four minutes after coming off the bench.

But Brentford got the reward their excellent away performance at Emirates Stadium deserved when Toney nodded in Christian Norgaard’s cross from close range.

There was a lengthy check by the video assistant referee for a possible offside in the build-up but the goal was eventually confirmed.

Arsenal raised the tempo in the closing stages – including seven minutes of added time – as they searched for a winner but Brentford completed an excellent all-round defensive display by holding firm for a point.

Arsenal face Manchester City – six points behind before their game on Sunday afternoon against Aston Villa – in a top-of-the table showdown on 15 February.

Brentford, meanwhile, are eighth and just five points off fifth place.

Gunners title hopes dented by resilient Bees

Arsenal have been formidable at home this season, winning eight and drawing one of their nine games at the Emirates before the visit of Brentford.

They are one of two sides, along with Newcastle, in the top flight unbeaten on their own turf – but that record was given a stern test against in-form Brentford, who had won four of their previous five league games.

Mikel Arteta’s side had plenty of possession but found little joy in unlocking a disciplined Bees defence their patience was rewarded when Trossard struck midway through the second half.

The Belgium forward has looked a fine addition since joining from Brighton & Hove Albion for £27m last month and he was close to adding a second soon after with a shot from distance.

But a one-goal lead rarely looked like it would be enough against a Brentford side who had been sharp in attack, and so it proved when Toney equalised.

The draw for Arsenal follows successive defeats in the league and FA Cup to Everton and Manchester City respectively.

How they respond to this relative stumble – not least in Wednesday’s home game against City will be key in determining whether they can win a first Premier League title since 2003-04.

In-form Bees eyeing Europe

After finishing a commendable 13th in their first Premier League season last term, Brentford are having another fine campaign and are pushing for a European place.

Thomas Franks’ side had not conceded a goal in their three league games before the trip to Arsenal and it was clear to see why they are such a difficult side to break down.

They kept their shape despite Arsenal enjoying the majority of possession and responded brilliantly to the Gunners taking the lead to became one of only two sides this season to take anything away from the Emirates.

Toney’s goal was his 15th of the season – only Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have scored more – and with the Bees having an excellent defence allied to his threat, there is every chance they can secure European football next season.

Player of the match

ToneyIvan Toney

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  1. Squad number19Player nameTrossard
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  2. Squad number7Player nameSaka
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  3. Squad number8Player nameØdegaard
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  4. Squad number11Player nameGabriel Martinelli
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  5. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
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  6. Squad number5Player namePartey
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  7. Squad number12Player nameSaliba
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  8. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale
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  9. Squad number35Player nameZinchenko
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  10. Squad number4Player nameWhite
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  11. Squad number14Player nameNketiah
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  12. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães
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  13. Squad number21Player nameFábio Vieira
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  1. Squad number17Player nameToney

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  2. Squad number9Player nameSchade

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  3. Squad number10Player nameDasilva

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  4. Squad number11Player nameWissa

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  5. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

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  6. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

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  7. Squad number16Player nameMee

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  8. Squad number8Player nameJensen

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  9. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev

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  10. Squad number3Player nameHenry

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  11. Squad number5Player namePinnock

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  12. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

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  13. Squad number1Player nameRaya

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  14. Squad number20Player nameAjer

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 4White
  • 12Saliba
  • 6Gabriel
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 8Ødegaard
  • 5Partey
  • 34XhakaSubstituted forFábio Vieiraat 81′minutes
  • 7Saka
  • 14Nketiah
  • 11MartinelliSubstituted forTrossardat 62′minutes


  • 3Tierney
  • 15Kiwior
  • 16Holding
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 19Trossard
  • 20Jorginho
  • 21Fábio Vieira
  • 30Turner
  • 85Cozier-Duberry


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Raya
  • 20Ajer
  • 5Pinnock
  • 16Mee
  • 30Roerslev
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forDasilvaat 71′minutes
  • 6NørgaardBooked at 90mins
  • 8Jensen
  • 3Henry
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forWissaat 71′minutes
  • 17ToneySubstituted forSchadeat 90+7′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 2Hickey
  • 9Schade
  • 10Dasilva
  • 11Wissa
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 23Lewis-Potter
  • 24Damsgaard
  • 26Baptiste
  • 34Cox

Peter Bankes


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