Confirmed line-ups: Brentford vs Arsenal: Balogun & Lokonga start for Gunners

By on August 13, 2021

Arsenal kick-off the new Premier League campaign when we take on Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium this evening.

We’ve been dealt a major double blow ahead of the game with the news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been ruled out due to illness. Therefore, Arteta has given Folarin Balogun his full debut up front and it’s a huge chance for the youngster.

Gabriel Martinelli also starts in the Arsenal attack along with Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe with Bukayo Saka only fit enough for a place on the bench.

With Thomas Partey out injured, summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga is handed his debut in midfield alongside Granit Xhaka. Mo Elneny is named among the substitutes.

Bernd Leno starts in goal for Arsenal while Kieran Tierney lines-up at left-back with new signing Ben White handed his full debut alongside Pablo Mari in the middle of the back four. Callum Chambers starts ahead of Hector Bellerin at right-back.

Karl Hein is the goalkeeper on the bench rather than Runarsson or Okonkwo while there is no place for Willian in the Arsenal squad tonight.

These are the line-ups for the game:


Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Sambi; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Balogun

Subs: Bellerin, Saka, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Tavares, Nelson, Elneny, Hein


Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry, Janelt, Onyeka, Mbeumo, Norgaard, Canos, Toney

Subs: Goode, Forss, Wissa, Gunnarsson, Ghoddos, Dervisoglu, Bidstrup, Sorensen, Roerslev

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