- Brentford vs Arsenal EFL Cup game kicks off at 9:45pm Kenyan time
- Both sides are seeking to progress to the fourth round when they meet.
- Brentford will host the clash at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Arsenal begin their quest for the 2023/2024 EFL Cup with a tricky away fixture against Premier League rivals Brentford on Wednesday night at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Having dropped points for only the second time this season after being held to a 2-2 draw at home by North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, the Gunners will be hoping to get back on track when they are hosted by the Bees.
The Mikel Arteta coached side will also be out to do better in the cup competition where they saw their run ended in the third-round last season following a 3-1 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Just like Arsenal, the Thomas Frank-coached side also crashed out in the same round of 32 stage and will be hoping to outsmart the Gunners on their way to a memorable cup run.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the mouth-watering tie that promises fireworks.
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What time does Brentford vs Arsenal start?
The game is set to kick off at 9:45pm Kenyan time and will take place at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Brentford vs Arsenal Team News
Neal Maupay is cup-tied for Brentford having played for Everton in the second round of the tournament.
Rico Henry is likely to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a knee injury against Newcastle United earlier in the month.
Josh Dasilva (hamstring), Kevin Schade (adductor) and Shandon Baptiste (dislocated shoulder) are also out with longer-term injuries.
Ben Mee could be out for up to four weeks with a knock that ruled him out of the weekend’s game against Everton. Mikkel Damsgaard is also set to see a knee specialist.
For Arsenal, Leandro Trossard (hamstring) and Declan Rice (back) aren’t available for the match owing to injuries.
They will also be without Gabriel Martinelli, who came off in the 24th minute of our 1-0 win against Everton earlier in the month after feeling something in his hamstring. Bukayo Saka won’t feature on Wednesday after limping off in Sunday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur
Thomas Partey is still out after picking up an injury in training earlier in September and Jurrien Timber remains unavailable with his knee injury.
Brentford vs Arsenal head-to-head
There have been just 17 meetings between Arsenal and Brentford since 1902.
Arsenal have won three of the five that have taken place in the 21st century, including a 3-1 win in the League Cup in 2018.
The last time the teams met, goals from Leandro Trossard and Ivan Toney saw the two sides share a 1-1 draw in a league match played in February.
In the first leg Arsenal claimed a 3-0 win at Brentford’s home ground in a match where Ethan Nwaneri became the Premier League’s youngest-ever player at the age of 15 years and 181 days.
Brentford wins: 6
Arsenal wins: 6
Brentford vs Arsenal Current Form
Brentford have not recorded any straight victory in their last five matches and have lost their last two consecutive games. The only victory they have in that period was against League Two side Newport in the EFL Cup second round and even that came via post-match penalties.
Arsenal on the other hand is unbeaten in the five games they have played (3W 2D) but are coming off a draw against Tottenham.
Brentford vs Arsenal Prediction
Brentford always have a threat of goal in them. And with Arsenal expected to advance to the next round, goals from both sides should not be difficult to come by.
Arsenal are also tipped as strong favourites to get the edge in the game.
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