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Brentford reaction, captaincy confusion explained, Lacazette troll Toney, agreement with Vlahovic sabotaged

Hello Gunners fans

Arsenal got their revenge on Brentford with a 2-1 win at the Emirates yesterday.

The Bees beat Mikel Arteta’s side on the opening day of the season.

But goals from club duo Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka sealed victory for the Gunners.

Indeed, the game saw Smith Rowe become the first academy ace since Cesc Fabregas to score 10 or more goals in a season.

However, there was a bizarre moment when Granit Xhaka REFUSED to wear the captain’s armband as Eddie Nketiah handed it to him in the second half.

Alexandre Lacazette handed Nketiah the armband after being substituted in the 84th minute.

The youngster then went to give the armband to the Swiss international, who was the team’s skipper.

But the midfielder bizarrely snubbed the armband, telling Nketiah to give it to full-back Kieran Tierney.

However, the result against Brentford left Arteta beaming.

He said: “The scar was there from that first defeat at Brentford and I certainly felt the pain.

“I tried to convey that to the players and told them not to forget how we felt after that game because it was an invaluable moment for me to understand all the people we have at the club.

“The more difficult the situation, the closer we got as a group and that was a game-changer because it really united everyone.

“No one was blaming themselves, no one was hiding and everyone wanted to contribute on the front line.

“Now we want to win every game and a big goal for our season and today we are a bit closer to our goals because we won this game and we are very happy with the way we are playing.”


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