‘I just have a sneaky feeling’: BBC pundit makes prediction for Brentford vs Arsenal clash on Sunday

Chris Sutton has told BBC Sport that he has a sneaky feeling Arsenal will be held by Brentford when the two sides meet in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Gunners remain top of the table despite losing their most recent league game. Mikel Arteta’s men have made a superb start to the campaign, winning their first five top-flight games.

But they do not have happy memories of an away trip to Brentford. Of course, the Bees came out on top when they met in the curtain-raiser last season.

And Thomas Frank’s side have actually made a very strong start to this campaign. They have also only lost one league game. And they put four past Manchester United and, more recently, five past Leeds.

‘A tough test’

Arsenal are still likely to be favourites to edge the game. But Sutton believes that the Gunners will actually drop further points ahead of the international break.

“Brentford got off to a great start last season by beating Arsenal at home in their first game after being promoted, and there will be a cracking atmosphere there this time too,” he told BBC Sport, as he predicted a 1-1 draw.

“The Gunners have improved a lot from 12 months ago, but the Bees have shown recently against Manchester United and Leeds that they carry a real threat.

“So, this will be a tough test for Arsenal – and I just have a sneaky feeling that Brentford will get something out of the game.”

Arsenal will be held by Brentford

Arsenal have proved a lot of their doubters wrong already this season. They have previously stumbled away at Crystal Palace or at home to Leicester. But they won both games this time around.

And actually, they played well for a lot of their clash with Manchester United earlier this month.

So they will not be overly surprised to see some questioning them ahead of their clash with Brentford.

But, as Sutton notes, Arsenal are a completely different team to the one left shocked by the Bees last season. And with that, the Gunners have every reason to be optimistic that they can do enough to get another three points this weekend.

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