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  • Writer's pictureBy Yann Tear at the Gtech Community Stadium

Frank brushes aside links to other clubs, reiterates commitment to Brentford and praises Arsenal

Thomas Frank says any stories suggesting other clubs are interested in securing his services as a coach reflect well on the Bees and will not unsettle his focused outfit.

The Dane has been linked to the vacancy at Brighton in the wake of Graham Potter's move to Chelsea and troubled Leicester City are the latest club to have allegedly shown interest in Frank, should they decide to part company with Brendan Rodgers.

Frank said: "I'm here at Brentford and very happy. I'm reading very little about these rumours -whether it has something to do with me or other persons.

"I have of course been told [by our press officer] so I'm a little bit aware of it.

"Of course it's nice that somebody is linking me with something because that means something we have done here, not only me but also the staff and players, we have done well, so that's positive. Arsenal showed a lot of respect [in the way they played] so we must have done something right."

The Bees' boss was in philosophical mood after his side were torpedoed 3-0 by Arsenal in Sunday's brunchtime clash. They could have few complaints about the margin of defeat as the Gunners pretty much dominated from start to finish.

"The big thing to remember, for all of us, is that it's never as good as it looks and it's never as bad as it looks," Frank said.

"When we beat Man United 4-0, it was a well deserved win but probably not a 4-0 win. And today, we lost 3-0 and it was a well deserved win for Arsenal but probably not as dominant as 3-0.

"They won fair and square, but they are maybe a slightly bigger club than us with a slightly bigger history. They are the in-form team at the top of the table along with Man City so we needed to perform 10 out of 10. We performed well, I think, but not a 10 out of 10."

Frank added: "At 2-0 we were still in the game. We played aggressively and tried to play high and were dangerous-ish on set pieces.

"One goal would have changed the momentum of the game but then they showed the difference in the sizes of the clubs. Martin Odegaard their captain, a key man, out and they just bring in a 35m Euro guy in and he curls it in from 24 yards. Game over.

"But we never stopped running and it's easy to stop running when you are 3-0 down after 47 minutes."

The Dane had plenty of praise for Arsenal, who were a very different beast from the one which meekly lost 2-0 in the same stadium at the start of last season.

"They've done very well so far," he said, "especially with Jesus up there - wow, what a player. He just gets the confidence here. It's nothing against Man City, but sometimes it just clicks in different places. You get into a new environment .

"[Bukayo] Saka and Martinelli, one year older, [Martin] Odegaard, what a player. And then I must say, [William} Saliba too. He's going to be a full international playing for France, I'm sure. He'll play in the starting line-up soon for that national team and that's a strong national team."

Picture by: Paul Lagan


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