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Emile Smith Rowe scores ‘like Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves’ and Bukaya Saka adds sparkle as Arsenal beat Brentford


Arsenal beat Brentford 2-1 to continue their top-four tilt as wonderkid Emile Smith Rowe saw his finish over Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves.

Fellow starlet Bukayo Saka added another fine goal to ensure Mikel Arteta’s side continued their push to finish for Champions League qualification, but a Christian Norgaard strike left them sweating in injury time .

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Smith Rowe grabbed Arsenal’s first goal in superb fashion

The Gunners made it harder than necessary, proving useless for the dominant first 45 minutes.

Their lack of a quality striker will undoubtedly cost them at some point before the end of the season.

However, when Smith Rowe and Saka are able to finish in such incredible style, it’s not the worst idea to continue with Alexandre Lacazette’s industry.

The former Youth showed his delicate touch with a whispered kick into the far corner after a fine run just after the break.

Saka, meanwhile, as the bees threatened, put the game to bed by cracking the ball into the upright.

Brentford’s goal was ultimately just a consolation.

Emile Smith Rowe scores ‘like Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves’ and Bukaya Saka adds sparkle as Arsenal beat Brentford

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Arsenal have won and have the top four in their sights


The Arsenal stars spent the majority of the first 25 minutes lying on the deck and asking referee Jon Moss for his considered judgement.

Lacazette and Saka, both occasions, found themselves on deck and begging for penalties or free kicks. Moss, however, waved the four away.

Rather than trying to claim set pieces, the Gunners will have been better served trying to get the ball into dangerous areas.

As those falls were taken, better-positioned teammates found themselves robbed of a pass that could have paved the way for a breakthrough.

A Lacazette penalty saw him roll into Gabriel’s path, costing him a close range goal attempt.

Emile Smith Rowe scores ‘like Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves’ and Bukaya Saka adds sparkle as Arsenal beat Brentford

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On points in the first half, Arsenal seemed more inclined to shootouts than goals

As the Sun, clean chances were scarce despite Arteta’s dominating play and looking menacing.

Brentford weren’t going to give up a goal easily with Pontus Jansson on several occasions, even receiving a punch from David Raya for his troubles.

Bodies of bees were on the line, but Arsenal’s corners seemed like the perfect way for the visitors to ensure there was no way past.

A volley from Ben White was the shot that troubled Raya the most as he raced down the goal line, but he wolfed it down anyway.

Barely a minute into the second half, Arsenal beat the Spaniard and it was outstanding solo work from Smith Rowe.

Emile Smith Rowe scores ‘like Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves’ and Bukaya Saka adds sparkle as Arsenal beat Brentford

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Smith Rowe’s finish has been tweaked in the bottom corner

Moments after Aaron Ramsdale nearly saw Brentford punish a poor distribution, the young England midfielder danced from the left flank and slotted the ball superbly into the bottom right corner.

It was a delightful finish and one that reminded Arsenal legend Perry Groves of a Tottenham and England legend.

He added: “He just cut inside on his right foot, Ajer has to do better, he has to keep showing it on the left side but Smith Rowe gets inside Ajer and he puts it on his right foot and basically he comes right past David Raya Opens his body, instep of his right foot – very, very similar to Jimmy Greaves.

“Ajer needs to do better but from Arsenal’s perspective, a fantastic team goal and fantastic quality at the end that they didn’t show in the first half.”

Emile Smith Rowe scores ‘like Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves’ and Bukaya Saka adds sparkle as Arsenal beat Brentford

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Greaves was a Tottenham hero and their top scorer thanks to his ability to pass the ball into the net

Brentford certainly had their chances of returning to the game but they were unable to capitalize with Yoanne Wissa guily from some bad moments, alongside Bryan Mbuemo.

Martin Odegaard missed a good chance for Arsenal to double their lead, but Saka failed to do so when the perfect finishing touch was required.

Another error from Wissa saw the Gunners counter and Saka plant the ball past Raya in stunning fashion from the left side of the box.

The visitors were left furious, believing Jansson had been fouled in the build-up, but it wasn’t a clear and obvious mistake despite Lacazette’s contact with the Dane.

Emile Smith Rowe scores ‘like Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves’ and Bukaya Saka adds sparkle as Arsenal beat Brentford

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Saka added a second for Arsenal

Emile Smith Rowe scores ‘like Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves’ and Bukaya Saka adds sparkle as Arsenal beat Brentford

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Saka and Gabriel showcased their dance moves

Arsenal got scared with Norgaard embarrassing Ramsdale, who recklessly stepped out of his net and finished the ball off after a bizarre ricochet in the penalty area.

Nonetheless, it was a win for the Gunners and more pressure on their rivals for a top-four place and Brentford are now eight without a win.

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