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Why Arsenal's loss to Brentford might be a blessing after all

Harrison Ifeanyichukwu
By Harrison Ifeanyichukwu

Sr Software Engineer at Delivery Hero, Investor, Sports analyst and Tech Evangelist

Brentford defeated Arsenal 2-0 on the opening day of the 2021/2022 English Premier League season

The 2021/2022 English Premier League season started last weekend with lots of exciting football matches. The biggest surprise of the week is Arsenal's 2-0 loss to newly-promoted side Brentford on the season's opening day.

Brentford, who gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 75 years, defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Community Stadium to the surprise of football fans around the globe.

Mikel Arteta's team looked uninspiring, sluggish, poor and full of errors as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat on Friday night. The pressure is already mounting at the Emirates, with fans calling on the head of Mikel Arteta after seeing such a poor display from the gunners.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher speaking after the match said it is the same old Arsenal: "Weak, Bullied. It's men against boys. New season, same old story". Arsenal looked so soft in the evening and lacked sharpness and creativity.

For Arsenal, the only positive of the game would be the displays from Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney and Saka after coming on as a substitute. Arsenal was without Thomas Partey, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette, but it should not be an excuse for the display from the team.

Arsenal major attacking outlet against Brentford came through Kieran Tierney down the left flank

Pressure is mounting at the Emirates.

Friday night's display against Brentford has attracted many reactions and criticisms from the Arsenal fanbase, with Ex-players and fans discussing how bad it felt to watch such a performance from Mikel Arteta's Team.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame, whose government sponsors Arsenal, was not happy and heavily criticized the club and the Hierarchy, saying:

"We must not excuse or accept mediocrity":

After the game, club legend and former Midfielder Emmanuel Petit admitted how he is gradually losing interest in Arsenal.

"I am gradually losing interest in Arsenal. They do not give me any emotion".

Brentford's defeat could stimulate change at Arsenal

The season has just started, and Arsenal is already in disarray, but on another thought, this could be a blessing after all. If Arsenal had gone and won the match comfortably, it would not have highlighted the weaknesses surrounding Mikel Arteta's team.

The defeat at Brentford highlighted how fragile and soft Mikel Arteta's team is and the need to act fast in the transfer market. Looking at the bench of the travelling team on Friday night at 1-0 down in the first half, it all looked worse if not for the site of Bukayo Saka.

Arsenal is a team with lots of fringe players that needs shipping out. Where is the supposed summer clearout that Mikel Arteta talked about towards the end of last season?. Well, there is still time to make amends, but the time is running out.

The Likes of Bellerin, Kolasinac, Elneny, Willian, Torreria are still at the club. The squad depth looks bleak, and that takes away confidence. Arsenal must act fast before the transfer window closes to avoid being in a relegation battle.

Did I say relegation battle? Yes, that is how bad it has gotten. Judging by that performance on Friday night, it will be a long season at the Emirates, and Arsenal might be at the risk of missing European football, at least for the second time in a row next season.

Arsenal's last UEFA Champions League appearance was in 2016, against FC Barcelona, in Round 16, losing to Barcelona on a 5-1 goal aggregate. 5 years counting, and it is not looking like the talked about positive change is taking place. Things have got worse season after season.

The need to act fast in the transfer market

The important takeaway from the Brentford game is recruiting more players in this summer transfer window. This is why the defeat might be a blessing as it laid bare what everyone except the staff at the Emirates has always known for a while now.

At the helm of transfer affairs at the Emirates is Edu Gasper. Edu Gasper is a former Arsenal star who was part of the invincibles. His transfer dealings so far at the Emirates had looked gloomy bar the signing of Thomas Partey last season.

Edu Gasper works with football Agents, most notably Kia Joorabchian, who pushed Chelsea's Willian towards Arsenal. Today, that transfer has become one of the worst signings since the club moved to the Emirates from Highbury.

There is also the signing of goalkeeper Alex Runnarson as a replacement for Martinez, who left for Aston Villa. Arsenal was supposedly set to clear out lots of fringe players in this summer transfer window, but nothing has happened on that front.

Arsenal needs a creative midfielder, a central midfielder, A pinpoint target man if one of Lacazette or Aubameyang leaves this summer and a right back.