Arsenal slumped to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Championship side Brentford in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday.

Mikel Arteta is preparing his Gunners squad for a return to Premier League action, with Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City the curtain raiser of a long-awaited top flight resumption.

After a 6-0 thrashing of Charlton over the weekend, Arsenal’s latest outing against second tier opposition didn’t go to plan.

The Gunners were infront twice – Joe Willock bagging the first of the game, before Alexandre Lacazette struck to cancel out a Brentford equaliser.

But the Bees stung Arsenal at the back, capitalising on wasted opportunities to secure a 3-2 victory.

Brentford showed exactly why they were going good guns in the Championship before the coronavirus-enforced suspension in an open game which could have gone either way.

However, perhaps the most poignant and memorable moment of the evening was the Arsenal squad taking a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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