Having seen their wobble against Everton go unpunished last week, Arsenal now aim to open up an eight-point lead, at least overnight, when they welcome Brentford to the Emirates Stadium. Wednesday’s mid-week fixture against Manchester City, a potential title decider, looms large on the horizon but the focus will have to be sharp in north London against an opponent who has not lost in the league since October 23.
Brentford has surprising ambitions of their own and if results were to go their way on Saturday they could find themselves within four points of a top-four berth, not bad for a team playing just their second top-flight season since 1947. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know:
- Date: Saturday, Feb. 11 | Time: 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Emirates Stadium — London
- Live stream: Peacock Premium
- Odds: Arsenal -225; Draw +350; Brentford +600 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Last season the Gunners had a problematic habit of following one defeat with a few more for good measure, losing two or more Premier League games in succession on four separate occasions. So far Arsenal have only lost two league games in total but the fact that the second of those — a 1-0 slump at Everton last Saturday — followed a defeat in the FA Cup means there could be renewed questions over this team’s bouncebackability.
Mikel Arteta, however, sees a side ready to put to bed their disappointment last time out. “In football, you’re going to lose football matches,” he said. “The match we lost at [Manchester] City was very different to the one we lost against Everton. Losing brings a lot of opportunities to look at other things and the reaction of the team.
The reaction of the team has been superb this week and tomorrow we’re going to put in a great performance in front of our crowd to try to win the game.”