Arsenal vs Brentford – LIVE!

Arsenal have the chance to go top of the Premier League as they host Brentford this evening. With title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City facing off at Anfield tomorrow, the Gunners are presented with the opportunity to take advantage of at least one of those sides dropping points.

Mikel Arteta’s side are on a sensational run, winning their last seven Premier League matches and scoring 31 goals in the process to propel themselves back into the title race. Even with a crucial Champions League last-16 clash with Porto to come in midweek, Arsenal can be expected to name close to full-strength side against the Bees. Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal, with David Raya ineligible against his parent club.

Brentford find themselves looking nervously over their shoulder, with Thomas Frank’s side only six points clear of the relegation zone. The Bees have just one victory in their last seven matches, and have not won away at Arsenal since 1938. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, featuring expert analysis from Simon Collings at the ground.


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the club are yet to hold talks with Aaron Ramsdale over his future.

Ramsdale has lost his spot as Arsenal’s No1 this season after David Raya joined on loan from Brentford last summer.

The England goalkeeper, however, is due to start this evening as Raya is ineligible to face his parent club.

It will be Ramsdale’s first Premier League appearance since November, when Arsenal travelled to west London and Raya was again ineligible, and he is expected to leave the club this summer.

But there have been no talks over Ramsdale’s future yet, with Arteta insisting everyone is focused on Arsenal’s fight for the Champions League and Premier League.

“Now is the season, now is tomorrow, now is what we have done today and how can we improve tomorrow,” Arteta said. “And those talks are for much after, I think.”

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