Thomas Frank claims Arsenal have ‘clearly spoken’ as issue cleared up; urges Brentford to ‘avoid’ familiar trap

Thomas Frank, September 2022

Thomas Frank said the way Arsenal celebrated their first goal was a sign of where Brentford are going, despite suffering a 3-0 defeat.

The Bees lost to the Premier League table-toppers on Sunday and were in fact 2-0 down before the break. The Gunners had demons to banish following a 2-0 defeat at Brentford at the start of last season.

It only took 17 minutes for Arsenal to take the lead, with centre-back William Saliba opening the scoring.

Arsenal kept their cool, well aware of the damage Brentford inflicted upon them last season.

And Brentford boss Frank claimed that their focus and respect for his side was clear to see, as Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira added further strikes for the visitors.

“We lost 3-0, to the number one in the Premier League,” Frank told Sky Sports.

“I said before they are a top side. I think we performed quite well, not 10/10 but if you want to win or get something out of the team who is flying, you cannot concede the first from a set piece and then the second one.

“You talk about [Martin] Odegaard being out, their captain, and then they just put in a £35million player [Vieira] instead. That’s just the quality, it was a well-deserved win.

“You can see how hard they worked, how they celebrate the first goal in the huddle. They’ve clearly spoken about how difficult a place this is to come and they showed us love and respect. That means we have done something good.”

However, Frank insisted set-pieces are a major issue for his team from a defensive point of view.

Thomas Frank warns of Brentford errors

“In general, unless it is something unbelievable brilliance from a set-piece, I want us to avoid every set-piece goal,” the manager said.

“There are some few bits we could have done better for the second. They didn’t create that many chances but had quality in moments.

“We always want to play again but we have the international break, we deal with it and train with the players we have. I wish the players who are going away good luck. We lost the game, I hate losing.

“They are top of the table so you cannot argue with that, they have done brilliant. Looking at the quality, they compete for the title now.”

Brentford’s defeat ended their three-match unbeaten run, in which they had also scored in every game.

The 3-0 defeat was in fact the first time the Bees have failed to find the net in a Premier League match this term.

Bees have shown promise

Brentford will of course be hurting after going into the international break with a defeat.

However, they have picked up nine points from seven games and showed plenty of promise this season.

And they face Bournemouth away, Newcastle away and Brighton at home in three upcoming matches they will be looking to pick some points up from.

Brentford will fancy their chances of scoring past Bournemouth, while the clash with Newcastle should be a key one.

However, the fact that Brentford have only kept one clean sheet – against Manchester United – will be a concern.

Frank admitted that set-pieces are a concern for his team and he will surely use the international break to try to sort those problems out.

READ MORE: Brentford boss Frank lauds Arsenal midfielder Odegaard as one of his favourite players in the Premier League.