You might think Arsenal’s players would have been celebrating a brilliant 3-0 win over Brentford, but instead they are focusing on events long ago.
The Gunners were tremendous in west London as they easily defeated the Bees thanks to goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira.
Manager Mikel Arteta even helped create Premier League history that day, making Ethan Nwaneri the youngest player to feature in the division.
He entered the fight for Vieira at 15 years and 181 days.
However, after the result, it seems at least one Arsenal player, Gabriel, was still thinking about a game more than a year ago.
In August 2021, a newly promoted Brentford side beat them 2–0 at the Gtech Community Stadium.
After that clash, Ivan Toney tweeted: “Nice kick with the boys.”
He rocked Arteta that time and the Spaniard used it as inspiration for their 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium in February.
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Before the game, he showed the tweet to his players and, as he revealed to All or Nothing, shouted: “Before I go, because it’s still in my stomach and I managed to keep it four months, five months, six months.
“This is Toney after the game when we played at Brentford. Do you know what he did? You know his tweet? Nice kick with the boys.
“So today they’re playing at our house, guys, there’s only one team on this fucking field, and it’s us! Only one team, it’s like I’m not playing football.
“Let’s get that ball, let’s get the game, let’s go get it and let’s win this game!”
They did, with Alexandre Lacazette parroting Toney’s tweet after the game.
And now, more than a year after the defeat, defender Gabriel has also tweeted the same.
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