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Four Arsenal players picked out for huge praise for their role in Brentford thrashing

The Gunners had plenty of impressive performers against Brentford, but four were singled out for particularly high praise

Four Arsenal players have been handed huge praise for the roles they played in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Brentford. Mikel Arteta’s side were dominant throughout the 90 minutes in west London, with standout performances all over the pitch.

William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira were all on target as Arsenal climbed back to the top of the Premier League as they recorded their sixth win of the season. Saliba and Jesus both saw their performances recognised by Garth Crooks, who named the pair in his BBC Sport Premier League Team of the Week alongside another Gunners duo.

Aaron Ramsdale was also included in Crooks’ team after keeping his third clean sheet of the season. The goalkeeper made two saves to keep out Brentford, who had scored in every game prior to their defeat to Arsenal.

“It has not been easy for Arsenal to find a number one goalkeeper and they have had nothing to compare with the likes of David Seaman,” said Crooks. “However, with Aaron Ramsdale it seems as if they have found a keeper who complements the sort of team Mikel Arteta is trying to create. No heroics and certainly no tantrums – just an honest keeper prepared to do what is necessary.

“If Ramsdale can handle the big pressure moments, as well as Wilson, did, Arsenal’s time at the top of the table might not be as short-lived as some in north London would like.”

Saliba scored the opening goal and put in a stellar showing in defence as he continued his impressive start to the season. Ivan Toney – buoyed from receiving his first England call-up – was kept quiet by the Frenchman.

Crook said: “Both Brentford and [Ivan] Toney had to contend with William Saliba, who looks very dangerous in the opposition penalty area and as solid as a rock in his own.

“If Toney is going to be taken seriously as a starter for the national team, he is going to have to make life much harder for defenders like Saliba. This was a stroll in the park for the Frenchman.”

Granit Xhaka was named in the former Tottenham striker’s XI, while Jesus was also included after claiming his seventh goal contribution in as many games for his new club.

“From the moment Gabriel Jesus put on an Arsenal shirt he’s been playing like a man possessed. His enthusiasm and appetite for the game is immense,” said Crooks. “He’s not just scoring goals for the Gunners but leading the line. His movement around the pitch is fantastic and he plays the game with an infectious arrogance that is spreading through the Arsenal team like wildfire, and the reason why they currently sit on top of the Premier League.

“The way Jesus generated enough power, on a beautifully flighted ball from Xhaka, to beat David Raya in the Brentford goal provided a glimpse of just how fit and strong Jesus actually is.”

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