Arsenal went down to an unwelcome defeat in a behind closed doors friendly at home to Brentford on Wednesday afternoon, with the Gunners shipping three goals in the final 20 minutes to lose 3-2.
With Gunners boss Mikel Arteta seeking to get his players up to speed for the return of the Premier League season at Manchester City next Wednesday, the Spaniard was left disappointed by a defensive collapse that allowed the Championship promotion hopefuls to win the game.
Arteta used all of the players that he had at his disposal during the match, and his first half selection went 1-0 up shortly before half-time through a strike from Joe Willock.
Nicolas Pepe almost made it 2-0 before the break only to hit the post, before Arteta used the half-time interval to make five substitutions.
However, it was the further changes that the Spaniard made on the hour mark that ended up having the bigger impact on the game.
Having swapped Pablo Mari for David Luiz at half-time, Arteta went on to change the rest of his defence and goalkeeper after 60 minutes.
Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney departed, with Emiliano Martinez, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Sead Kolasinac coming on.
Brentford then equalised with less than 20 minutes remaining through a goal from Tariqe Fosu, only for Alexandre Lacazette to quickly restore Arsenal's lead with a left footed strike.
But Lacazette then gave the ball away to Halil Dervisoglu, allowing the Turkish youngster to easily escape the attentions of Holding before firing low into the net to make it 2-2, and Shandon Baptiste won it for the Bees with a late goal on the break.
Brentford, who are currently fourth in the Championship, will resume their season with a derby game against Fulham on June 20.
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