Arsenal drop points against Brentford 1-1 in another title slip up

Arsenal were held to a draw at home to Brentford as Ivan Toney cancelled out Leandro Trossard’s first goal for the Gunners to earn a share of the spoils.

Arsenal dominated possession but it was Brentford who had all the biggest openings of the first half. Toney put it on a plate for Rico Henry in the fifth minute but the left-back mishit his shot entirely with the goal at his mercy.

Toney was involved in all of Brentford’s attacks, he played a great one-two with Bryan Mbuemo to open up the Gunners defence midway through the first half but his effort rattled the crossbar.

The chances kept coming for the visitors after the break with the best of them following to Toney in the 56 th minute, but he skewed his effort wide from inside the area.

Arsenal made them pay as substitute Trossard found the net just four minutes after his introduction as a substitute in the first time Mikel Arteta’s side had opened up the visitors. However, Toney levelled up eight minutes later after Arsenal failed to clear a free-kick into their area. Here are five talking points from an entertaining encounter at The Emirates.

Arsenal lost 13 Premier League matches last season – over a third of their games – with just three of those defeats coming in isolation. When they lost, they tended to lose another – a trait that put paid to their top four chances, with two runs of three successive defeats.

Their ambitions this season are much higher so anything else than returning to winning ways after dropping points threatens to destabilise their title hopes. Last week’s loss at Everton was just their second league defeat of the campaign, with the previous loss at Manchester United bringing the start of a four-game winning run which began with victory against…Brentford.

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