Alexandre Lacazette scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Brentford B in a behind closed doors friendly at London Colney this afternoon. Rob Holding also scored for the Gunners as they managed to secure a resounding 4-1 win, with Julian Jeanvier scoring the Bees’ only goal of the game.
Mikel Arteta was without several of his first squad players who are due to return shortly after representing their country during the international break, meaning the squad was largely made up of underage squad members of 23 years of Kevin Betsy. Zak Swanson, Mazeed Ogungbo, Miguel Azeez, Charles Sagoe Jr. all started, while Bradley Ibrahim celebrated signing his first professional contract by making the XI and Charlie Patino made his first start since January.
January signing Lino Souza was on the bench while fellow academy players Jonathan Dinzeyi, Mauro Bandeira, Nathan Butler Oyedeji, Joel Ideho and Mika Biereth joined him as substitutes.
First-team players Bernd Leno and Eddie Nketiah took part, while left-back Nuno Tavares was involved despite being pulled out of the Portugal Under-21 squad through injury.
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Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu are not believed to have been involved as they seek to recover from respective hip and calf injuries which kept them out ahead of the international break. Bukayo Saka has also been implicated as he continues his recovery after testing positive for COVID-19 which saw him miss England’s friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast.
The game got off to a good start for Arsenal who forced an early save on a Nketiah shot before Lacazette’s deflected effort put them in front just after the 20th minute.
The Gunners then doubled their lead shortly after the break as Lacazette fended off the rebound from a Nketiah shot before finishing his hat-trick with a long-range effort 10 minutes later. Holding then nodded in Arsenal’s fourth from a corner just after the hour mark.
Brentford got a consolation goal soon after as Jeanvier, who is coming back from a long-lasting knee injury, missed a header with twenty minutes remaining.
This is not the first time that Arsenal have played behind closed doors against their London neighbors. Earlier in the season they claimed a 4-0 win over Thomas Frank’s side with goals from Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe while Cedric Soares netted a brace.
Arsenal: Leno, Swanson, Holding, Ogungbo, Tavares, Azeez, Patino, Sagoe JR, Ibrahim, Nketiah, Lacazette
Subs: Okonkwo, Sousa, Dizeyi, Bandeira, Butler-Oyedeji, Biereth, Ideho
Brentford B: Rees (Winterbottom, 45), Russell (Gilbert, 45), Adedokun (Hercules, 79) Hockenhull (Jeanvier, 45), Jones, Jefferies, Young-Coombes (Mpongo, 57) Trevitt (Sotona, 45) ) Gordon (Trialist, 79) ) Oksanen, Crama