Brentford started its first topflight campaign since 1947 by stunning Arsenal 2-0 Friday within the opening game of the Premier League season. Sergi Canos put Brentford ahead within the 22nd minute and Christian Noergaard headed within the second within the 73rd after Arsenal did not affect an extended throw-in, handing the promoted club an ideal start to life within the Premier League ahead of nearly 16,500 fans at the Community Stadium.
Those fans finally had an opportunity to celebrate inside the stadium, which was opened last year amid the lockdown when no supporters were allowed into games. that they had waited even longer for a flash like this. Brentford’s last game in England’s top division was a 1-0 loss to Arsenal, in May 1947. Now the team is top of the league for a minimum of a night, before the remainder of the weekend’s games.
“Nobody who was here will ever forget that. And I’m proud to be a neighborhood of that,” Brentford manager Thomas Frank said. “I have such belief during this group of players, so albeit I knew we were getting to face Arsenal, a huge club with unbelievable players, I had a sense I might be disappointed if we didn’t beat them.”
For Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, it had been another disappointing performance and a worrying start. The team only finished eighth last season and showed little sign of getting sorted out its previous problems. With strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both missing — Arteta said they were feeling “unwell” — Arsenal again struggled to make any quite clear scoring chances despite dominating possession for stretches of the sport . And their defensive shortcomings showed again.
Brentford’s opener came after right-back Calum Chambers hacked the ball off the byline, just for it to return back via Ethan Pinnock to Canos, who cut inside the defender and buried a coffee shot inside Bernd Leno’s near post. For the second goal, Arsenal’s defenders allowed an extended throw from Mads Bech Sorensen to bounce within the six-yard box and Norgaard received the far post to go into an empty net.
Arsenal’s academy striker Folarin Balogun was handed his first Premier League start but was began before the hour mark. He was replaced by Bukayo Saka, who was given an ovation from the Brentford fans after being subjected to racist abuse following his penalty miss for England within the European Championship final loss to Italy. “I don’t want to use excuses. We had a team out there ok to realize a special result,” Arteta said. “We know we’ve to enhance .”