Arsenal vs Brentford: The Bees kick start their Premier League arrival in style as goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard help sink the gunners in a memorable 2-0 win at home.
Arsenal vs Brentford: The Long Awaited Victory
Since 1947, Brentford has never hosted a top division match and, now it happened – in the club’s lovely newly built stadium, which was packed out for the first time – it unfolded exactly how every Brentford fans would have dreamed.
The Bees, promoted via the play-offs last season, having finally return to the Premier League top flight since May 1947, which was a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal.
As Thomas Partey and Gabriel also went absent due to injury cases. It was a far more callow side than boss Mikel Arteta had probably seen starting the season with.
An exceptional first-half strike from the wing-back, Sergi Canós put the host to a first half lead.
Arsenal tried to launch back a salvage operation but we’re denied a chance until first-half stoppage time, and that was quickly snuffed out as Pinnock dived in to block Nicolas Pepe’s effort.
The gunners started the second half brighter, bringing on Bukayo Saks to ease the game a bit but Brentford were not too restless.
15 minutes to the final whistle, Brentford eased home when Christian Nørgaard leapt to head into an empty net the second goal of the game.
Brentford boss, Thomas Frank on win against Arsenal
Frank, who led his side around the pitch afterwards in a belated promotion celebration, said:
“It’s a historic evening and it’s crazy that we’re opening the Premier League season by beating Arsenal.“A full house, a top performance. Incredible. Nobody who was here will ever forget that. And I’m proud to be a part of that.
“I have such belief in this group of players, so even though I knew we were going to face Arsenal, a massive club with unbelievable players, I had a feeling I would be disappointed if we didn’t beat them.
“Maybe I could have have had a reality check, but it’s one game. The fans were electric.
“Maybe before this we had 100 fans outside west London. Maybe now we have a few more.”
Arteta heap apology to Arsenal fans
Arsenal will have to quickly find their form sooner as they prepare for two English giants, Chelsea and champions Manchester City up next in the league.
‘First of all, thank you because of the support that they are giving to the team, the travelling fans that were here,’ Arteta told reporters at his post-match press conference.
‘And after that, I apologise for the result and we know that we have to improve.
‘We have two big games coming up right now and we need to a different performance to get a different result.’
He added: ‘We are very disappointed to start the way we did in the season.
‘We didn’t get the result or performance that we wanted.’