Gunners and Hammers ramp up for Premier League return

ARSENAL AND WEST HAM UNITED continued with preparations ahead of a return to Premier League action next week with workout matches against West London opposition.

The Gunners went down by three goals to two against Championship play-off hopefuls. Brentford, at the Emirates Stadium.

Following their 6-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic last weekend, Joe Willock handed the North Londoners a first-half lead. However, Tarique Fosu levelled for the Bees twenty minutes from time.

 Alexandre Lacazette restored Arsenal’s advantage with a smart finish, but again Brentford hit back, Halil Dervisoglu racing clear to finish.

Shandon Baptiste won it late on for the visitors. Nevertheless, with vital match practice gleaned by both squads, the result was of little importance.

Arsenal (first-half): Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Tierney; Willock, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Arsenal (second-half): Leno (Martinez 60’), Bellerin (Sokratis 60’), Mustafi (Holding 60’), David Luiz, Tierney (Kolasinac 60’) Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ozil; Aubameyang (Nelson 60’) (Coyle 85’), Lacazette, Saka (Martinelli 60’)

West Ham took on Queen’s Park Rangers at the London Stadium with England international, Declan Rice featuring in the match which unconfirmed reports suggested was won by the Hammers 4-1.

Speaking to West Ham TV, Rice said; “It was really good, first of all, to get our first game against proper opposition, as we’d played against ourselves twice, so to play against QPR was a really good test and really good for the team.

“It was definitely good preparation.

 “If you look at the stadium we’ve got, it’s unbelievable when we fill it, but now we’re going to be playing with no fans because of the circumstances and it’s going to be odd.

“That’s why these games are put on, to help us get used to it, playing without fans, and we’ve got to adapt now.”

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Brian Jeeves

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