Brilliant Brentford Stun Arsenal In Front Of Jubilant Home Crowd

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Brentford’s return to the Premier League after a 74-year hiatus was marked by a spectacular, stunning victory over Arsenal as they kicked off their Premier League season in style.
On a night of great emotion at the Brentford Community Stadium, Thomas Frank’s side were alive, skilled, and energetic, not only making the perfect start to the season, but inflicting severe agony on the Gunners in a sobering 90 minutes for the visitors.

Brentford settled in quickly and deservedly took the lead after 22 minutes when Sergi Canos drove low past keeper Bernd Leno at the near post, despite Arsenal’s protests that the ball had gone out of play during the build-up. Only Emile Smith Rowe stood out for Arsenal, pushing Brentford goalkeeper David Raya into a save – he also wonderfully denied Nicolas Pepe late on – before the home fans erupted in jubilation when they scored a second with 17 minutes remaining.

Arsenal paid the pay for a fruitless attempt to defend replacement Mads Sorensen’s simple long throw while missing strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to illness. As Christian Norgaard arrived to return home, new £50 million defender Ben White was particularly responsible.

Brentford fans erupted in applause at the final whistle, but this was a result and performance that immediately focused attention on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who sorely has to improve on last season.

Source: BBC Sport

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