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Ben White and Gabriel give struggling Arsenal boost as they return in 4-0 friendly win over Brentford

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he worldwide break might have come at a great time for Ben White and Gabriel as each returned from absences on Thursday to assist Arsenal beat a younger Brentford facet 4-0 in a behind-closed-doors pleasant.

The defenders have performed just one recreation between them this time period, White that includes within the 2-0 defeat by the Bees on the opening evening of the season. He has since examined constructive for Covid whereas Gabriel has been recovering from a knee harm.

In their absence, Arsenal have endured their worst begin to a season in 67 years, sitting backside of the Premier League with out a purpose or some extent from three video games.

The Gunners face Norwich on September 11 in a conflict of the League’s two basement golf equipment, and White and Gabriel may each characteristic within the coronary heart of the defence for that recreation after coming via immediately’s pleasant at London Colney.

They had been in a three-man defence and got here via unscathed with Gabriel taking part in for 69 minutes whereas White performed seven extra.

Ben White with Ivan Toney in Arsenal’s opening-night defeat by Brentford

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As nicely as serving to to maintain a clear sheet, the Brazilian had an influence on the different finish scoring from simply inside the world within the 46th minute.

That made it 1-0 and it turned two when Alexandre Lacazette curled in a free-kick after a foul on Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who failed in his bid to go away the Gunners this week after curiosity from Everton.

The different two objectives each got here from Cedric Soares, the second a header from a Nicolas Pepe cross.

Arsenal fielded the majority of their gamers not on worldwide obligation with summer time signing Aaron Ramsdale in purpose. There was additionally some motion for 17-year-old midfielder Charlie Patino, who has impressed for the Under-23s, and he got here on halfway via the primary half for Mohamed Elneny.

The Gunners featured 5 of the gamers crushed by the Bees within the League whereas their west London opponents fielded a younger facet. Yoane Wissa introduced out a superb save from Ramsdale whereas Myles Peart-Harris noticed his header skim the Arsenal bar.

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