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Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendly


first_imgMikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendly Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal will struggle to find their rhythm when the Premier League restarts (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s players are focusing on finding their rhythm and fitness following their surprise defeat to Brentford in a friendly on Wednesday.The Gunners comfortably brushed aside Charlton Athletic with a 6-0 win in the first friendly behind closed doors at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday.But Arteta’s players suffered a shock on Wednesday afternoon as they were beaten 3-2 by Brentford at their own ground.The Gunners took the lead in the first half through Joe Willock but Brentford equalled after the break with an excellent finish from Tarique Fosu.ADVERTISEMENT Read More PLAY Read More Advertisement 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 10:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad SPONSORED ‘We’re trying to give minutes in their legs to all of the players, obviously you have to change a lot of players through the games.‘Getting adapted to playing in an empty stadium as well, not having that energy from the fans.‘It was good, we played two friendlies, we’re getting a bit of rhythm, we haven’t played for a while, we tried to make is as close as possible to a real game.’ Mikel Arteta with his Arsenal players before their 3-2 defeat to Brentford (Getty Images)Arteta is also concerned that Arsenal and their Premier League rivals will struggle to play intense matches in the first few weeks after the season restarts.‘I think that’s a big question mark,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We’ve been trying in big groups just for 10 days. You can play a friendly game, you can play 45 minutes, but it’s not the same as Premier League rhythm at all.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We will have to see that. I think it will be very difficult to sustain big rhythms for 90 minutes for the first few games at least.’Arsenal’s Premier League campaign will restart next Wednesday when they play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Read More Top articles Skip 1/1 Video Settings Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal back in front but the Championship club capitalised on some terrible defending by the Gunners to win the game with goals from Halil Dervisoglu and Shandon Baptiste.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’re trying different things,’ Arteta told Sky Sports when asked about the defeat to Brentford. Read More by Metro / Coming Nextlast_img read more