Arsenal will be looking to boost their chances of a top-four finish by beating Brentford on Saturday afternoon.
Mikel Arteta’s men were not in action last weekend as their scheduled opponents Chelsea took part in the Club World Cup. It was still a good weekend for the Gunners, though, with top-four rivals West Ham, Manchester United and Tottenham all failing to win their respective matches.
If Arsenal are to qualify for the Champions League this season, they will need to show consistency between now and the end of the campaign. They failed to break down a dogged Burnley team in their last encounter at the Emirates Stadium, and Arteta will hope to see more guile and craft from his side on this occasion.
A 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last time out stopped the rot for Brentford after a run of five consecutive defeats. The Bees are still looking nervously over their shoulders, though, with a run of just one win in their last nine outings leaving them only seven points clear of the bottom three. That is still a sizable enough margin for now, but Brentford need to start winning again in order to start breathing a little more easily.
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