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Match report: Arsenal 4-0 Brentford, Gabriel scores as White returns

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Four second-half goals were enough to give us a comfortable win over Brentford in a behind-closed-doors friendly at London Colney on Thursday.

Ben White and Gabriel started in a three-man central defence, and both came through unscathed after recent illness and injury problems respectively. The latter also got his name on the scoresheet, lashing home when a clearance fell to him just inside the area, to break the deadlock early in the second half.

Match report: Arsenal 4-0 Brentford Gabriel scores as White returns

But it was Cedric who stole the show late on, scoring a well-taken brace to add some gloss to a valuable work-out for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Playing at left wing-back, he lobbed the keeper after breaking the offside trap with 15 minutes left, then rose well to head in Nicolas Pepe’s searching cross in the last minute.

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Match report: Arsenal 4-0 Brentford Gabriel scores as White returns

Alexandre Lacazette had earlier scored our second, curling home a fine free-kick after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was felled just outside the box.

Nearly all of the players who are not away on international duty were involved, with Aaron Ramsdale enjoying a relatively quiet afternoon in goal.

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Pablo Mari started with White and Gabriel either side of him in the middle of the defence, with Calum Chambers playing the full 90 minutes at right wing-back.

Mohamed Elneny partnered Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the midfield, though the Egyptian was withdrawn in the first half, to be replaced by youngster Charlie Patino.

Match report: Arsenal 4-0 Brentford Gabriel scores as White returns

The front line was made up of Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Lacazette.

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Arsenal: Ramsdale, Chambers, White (Hutchinson 76), Mari, Gabriel (Holding 69), Cedric: Maitland-Niles, Elneny (Patino 33); Martinelli, Lacazette, Pepe.

Goals: Gabriel 46, Lacazette 60, Cedric 76, 89.

Cedric scored twice as we beat Brentford in a behind-closed-doors friendly at London Colney on Tuesday.

Gabriel and Alex Lacazette were also on target in a good workout for Mikel Arteta’s men.

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