Arsenal’s five-match winning streak across all competitions will come to an end in Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Brentford, according to Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman.
After his tenure in North London began with two consecutive defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, Unai Emery has got Arsenal on a roll as the Gunners have won their last five matches in all competitions – including Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton.
A favourable run of fixtures over the course of the coming weeks suggests that it could be a while until a spanner is thrown into the works for Emery’s men but Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman is predicting an earlier halt than many would anticipate.
Rotation is likely for Emery in Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Brentford, where he could hand opportunities to the younger players in the squad, and Goodman has predicted a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.
“This will probably be the best footballing game of the whole round. I’m a huge fan of what Dean Smith has done at Brentford but they are not the strongest defensively, which you saw at Derby in the Championship at the weekend.
“Arsenal will be strong in attack and I can see a close game here with both teams scoring. It could easily finish as a draw after 90 minutes but I can’t call who would win if it goes to penalties!”
Brentford were swept aside by Frank Lampard’s Derby County at the weekend, with a 3-1 defeat ending a run of four matches unbeaten for Dean Smith’s side, and they face a stern test if they are to return to winning ways against Arsenal.
The Gunners have been leaky defensively so far this season, having only kept their first clean sheet at the weekend, and Brentford could certainly benefit from that – while they could also take advantage if Emery names a weaker side.
However, the Gunners have the strength required to force their way through Brentford’s team and should stand as the favourites to advance through the tie.