Brentford’s Ivan Toney will be aiming to continue his form this weekend against Arsenal after receiving his first-ever England call-up.
The striker’s five goals and two assists is only bettered by Erling Haaland’s 10 goals and one assist so far this season.
After receiving his call-up on Thursday, Toney will now aim to prove Gareth Southgate right against Mikel Arteta’s Premier League table toppers.
The Gunners have won five of their opening six games and return to action after they had two consecutive matches postponed.
In this fixture last campaign, Thomas Frank’s side came out 2-0 winners in the club’s maiden top-flight game.
Brentford vs Arsenal: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League tie will take place on Sunday, September 18.
Kick-off at the Brentford Community Stadium is at 12pm
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Brentford vs Arsenal: Team news
The Bees will remain without Sergi Canos, Ethan Pinnock and Christian Norgaard.
The injured trio are expected to be back after the upcoming international break.
Thomas Partey has returned to training for Arsenal and the Ghanaian could be in contention to play at the weekend.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has been ruled out for two weeks meaning Kieran Tierney will start at left-back.
Emile Smith Rowe and Cedric Soares missed out last week in their Europa League opener but could be fit to return on Sunday.
Brentford vs Arsenal: What’s been said?
Brentford boss Frank has revealed that he was the one to let Toney know that he had been called up to the England squad.
He said: “Gareth Southgate just showed how great a man he is. He texted me in the morning and said Thomas you can break the news to Ivan.
“That was definitely a very joyful moment to be able to call him and give him the good message.
“It’s not often Ivan is speechless!”
Brentford vs Arsenal: Match facts
- Coming into the weekend’s games, Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus has had more touches in the opposition box (66), attempted more dribbles (34), more dribbles in the box (8) and won more fouls (21) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
- Ivan Toney is averaging a goal or assist every 77 minutes in the Premier League this season, compared to one every 171 minutes last term.
- Brentford have scored more goals from outside the box than any other side in the Premier League this season, with their four from distance already one more than they netted the whole of last term.
- Only Manchester City (19.6%) have a higher shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season than Brentford (19.5%). The Bees have also outperformed their expected goals by almost five (15 goals, 10.2 xG), with only Man City again doing better.
- None of Arsenal’s last 23 Premier League games have been drawn (W16 L7). It’s the longest ongoing run without a draw among sides currently in the competition, while only between January and October 2018 (25) have the Gunners had a longer run without one.
- Arsenal have won five of their last eight away London derby matches in the Premier League (L3), as many as they had in their previous 23 on the road (D9 L9).
- Brentford have lost just one of their last 17 home league London derbies (W13 D3), going down 1-0 against Chelsea in October last season.
- Brentford have scored 15 goals in their six Premier League games this season, with only Manchester City netting more (20). Their average of 2.5 goals-per-game is almost double their average for last season (1.3 – 48 goals in 38 games).
- Arsenal have won four of their last six meetings with Brentford in all competitions since 1939 (D1 L1), having won just one of their first nine against the Bees between 1902 and 1938 (D3 L5).
- Brentford have won five of their six home league games against Arsenal (L1), including a 2-0 victory in this exact fixture last term.
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