Arsenal captain Pierre Emeryk Aubameyang and his experienced attacking partner Alexander Lacazette were excluded from the Premier League opener against Brentford because they were “bad”, said head coach Mikel Arteta.
When asked to explain his absence, the Arsenal manager fell silent.
“They feel bad, I can only say,” he told Sky Sports before kickoff at Brentford Community Stadium.
“This is [a big mistake], but in the world we live in, I think the only eternal thing is change. Therefore, instead of looking for excuses, it is better to look for solutions. This is what we are trying to do. every day.”
The absence of Aubameyang and Lacazette means that Arsenal have chosen a youth offensive trio made up of Foralin Barlogon, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe. New hires Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga also debuted. “We have a very young team, full of passion and vitality, which is what I hope to see in this field,” added Arteta.
One of the exciting youngsters that Arteta has high hopes for is the Barlogon Academy product, which made its Premier League debut.
“The preseason is very good. The opportunity comes from different reasons in his career. Today he has an important opportunity, so he better enjoy it.”
Newly promoted Brentford returned to the top league after a 74-year absence and signed Christopher Ajer and Frank Oneka in the summer.
Ivan Toney, who scored 33 goals in the English Champions League last season, started in the attacking zone.