Watch Brentford vs Arsenal Live Match And Goal Highlights
The 2021/2022 premier league season kicks off with a London derby tonight as newly-promoted Brentford host Arsenal.
The Bees will be desperate to hit the ground running in their first ever Premier League game, and first in the top flight for 74 years.
North London side Arsenal have got their summer business done early to plug gaps in the squad, and should hand out at least two debuts tonight, but Mikel Arteta will need a quick start to stop further questions over his future.
Gunners will play without their two star forwords Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette due to illness – that means Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli start in attack, with summer signings Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White handed their Premier League debuts for the Gunners.
Frank Onyeka Debut
Nigeria international Frank onyeka made his premier league debut today as he will be starting with signings Kristoffer Ajer along with Ivan Toney, who scored 33 goals in the Championship last season
Watch Brentford vs Arsenal Live
Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, White, Pablo Mari, Tierney, Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka, Pepe, Smith-Rowe, Martinelli, Balogun
Subs: Bellerin, Saka, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Tavares, Nelson, Elneny, Hein
Brentford vs Arsenal match Analysis
4* – A sharp start from Arsenal, but Brentford are matching them for stability. It’s no surprise that the Bees are getting used to their new top-flight surroundings, but Frank won’t want them to sit too much deeper.
8* – : A long ball is floated into the Brentford area, but Raya claims under pressure. A good early take for any keeper to make on a big night like this.
13* – Good surge from Arsenal with Smith Rowe and Balogun combining, but it’s cut out for a corner.
34* – Arsenal are really struggling with Brentford’s press. Xhaka is very nearly caught at the back here, but the Gunners just about survive.
42* – Henry crosses from the left flank, but the ball is cleared for a throw. The Brentford fans really are making a huge noise, and Arsenal will have to ride this out before the interval
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