Former Arsenal academy man Man of the Match vs Manchester City

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City is challenged by Dominic Thompson from Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester City at Brentford Community Stadium on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City is challenged by Dominic Thompson from Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester City at Brentford Community Stadium on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)

While it has not been the best week of results for Brentford, former Arsenal academy left-back Dominic Thompson has had a few good days on an individual note.

Thompson left Arsenal for Brentford in 2019, but it took him a while to break into their team. Still just 21 years old, Thompson spent the second half of last season out on loan in League One with Swindon Town.

The young player has been a regular participant in Brentford’s Premier League squad in this promotion, but he did not come on the field until Boxing Day, where he got a start away against Brighton.

After 66 minutes in that match, Thompson then kept his place on the team against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Brentford lost the two games 2-0 and 1-0, but theirs fans voted Thompson their Man of the Match in the City clash.

Thompson never played competitively for Arsenal, but fans may remember his friendly debut for his assist to Gabriel Martinelli.

It was Martinelli’s first goal for the club against the Colorado Rapids, so we have Thompson to thank for getting the young Brazilian off to a good start.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea - FA Youth Cup Final: Second match
LONDON, ENGLAND: Dominic Thompson of Arsenal FC is battling for possession with George McEachran of Chelsea FC during the FA Youth Cup Final, second match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on 30 April 2018 in London, England. (Photo: Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

It’s always good to see another Arsenal youth product start to find its way into senior football, so congratulations to Thompson on his performances this week.

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