You may think Arsenal players would have celebrated a brilliant 3-0 win over Brentford but, instead, they’re focusing on events long ago.
The Gunners were tremendous in west London as they saw off the Bees with ease thanks to goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus, and Fabio Vieira.
Manager Mikel Arteta even helped create Premier League history on the day, making Ethan Nwaneri the youngest player to make an appearance in the division.
He entered the fray for Vieira at the age of 15 years and 181 days old.
And yet, after the result, it appears 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 about with the boys.”
It rattled Arteta at the time and the Spaniard used it as inspiration for their 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium in February.
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Ahead of the game, he showed his players the tweet, and, as revealed on All or Nothing, he shouted: “Before I go, because it’s still in my stomach and I have managed to keep it for four months, five months, six months.
“This is Toney after the game when we played at Brentford. You know what he did? You know his tweet? Nice kick about with the boys.
“So today they play in our house, guys there is only one team on that f****** pitch – and it’s us! Only one team, it’s like they don’t play football.
“We take that fing ball, we take the game, we go for it and let’s f****** win this game!”
They did, with Alexandre Lacazette parrotting Toney’s tweet after the game.
And now, more than a year after the loss, defender Gabriel has also tweeted the same.
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