Arsenal have to prepare for all possibilities in their Carabao Cup third-round tie against Brentford. One of which is a penalty shootout if the two sides cannot be separated after 90 minutes at the Gtech Community Stadium.
The last time the Gunners were involved in one — well in a competitive environment — they lost at home to Sporting CP back in March and were knocked out of the Europa League at the round of 16 stage as a result with Gabriel Martinelli ultimately missing the decisive spot-kick.
Although, Mikel Arteta's side did gain further penalty shootout experience during pre-season. After losing to Manchester United, they beat AS Monaco to retain the Emirates Cup before repeating the trick a few days later to finally get the better of Manchester City to get their hands on the Community Shield.
With regard to penalties in normal time, this season Arsenal have been awarded three and they've all been successfully converted. Now a potential problem could arise if the Gunners get a spot-kick against Brentford tonight or if the game is settled by a shootout as neither of their regular takers — Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard — might be on the pitch.
The former is almost certain to miss out amid doubts over his fitness for Saturday's Premier League clash against Bournemouth, whilst the club captain could be afforded a rest after playing 90 minutes four times in 12 days across three separate competitions for both club and country.
Luckily for Arteta, he can call upon Jorginho as the midfielder during his time in Serie A, the Premier League and with the Italy national team has proven himself to be one of the most reliable penalty takers around by missing just seven of the 41 he's taken throughout his career.
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