Brentford got off to a shaky start to their first English top flight season in 74 years as goals from Sergei Canvas and Christian Norgard beat Arsenal 2-0 in front of their first full home at Brentford Community Stadium on Friday.
The Bees spent the first season playing behind closed doors in their new home, but they came to the occasion as they were hummed by 17,000 spectators in the first match of the full Premier League since March 2020.
“What an atmosphere,” said Thomas Frank, Brentford’s manager. “For the first time in the top flight, we are opening the Premier League season and for our fans, they can dream. We are at the top of the league.
“We’re going to celebrate every victory, but we want more.”
In contrast, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is already under pressure.
The Gunners are eighth in each of their first two seasons, and the Spaniard has a hard time turning things around before the September international break, with title favorites Chelsea and Manchester City coming into Arsenal’s next two games.
“I don’t think we deserve anything different,” Artita said.
Frank drove the crowd into a frenzy before the kick-off, and soon Arsenal came under constant pressure to make his team famous in the Championship.
Brian Embimo took a shot from outside the post in the warning shot before the home side before taking the lead in the 22nd minute.
Ethan Panuck fed the canvas to the left of Brent Ford and cut inside to take a powerful shot that beat Brand Leno to his nearest post.
Mbuemo then took another big chance after easily replacing Arsenal’s new £ 50m signer Ben White.
The Gunners were without both Pierre-Emerick Obimiang and Alexandra Lacazette due to illness, giving Fulleren Blogen the start of their Premier League.
Blogger made little impact, but it was also unfortunate not to win the penalty because he was caught by a follow-up after making a wide slice just before half-time.
“A lot of young guys were doing their best. For some of them, it was the first experience of the league – which says a lot,” Artita added, as he asked for more funds before the end of the transfer. Looked like begging. Window
“I will do my best to control and help whatever I can.”
Arsenal started the second half with a big goal as Karen Terney and Emil Smith Roy eventually forced David Raya into action.
Bokayo Saka was hailed by both sets of spectators as he was introduced at the hour mark when he faced racial abuse that led to England’s decision in Italy’s final Euro 2020 defeat at the hands of Italy. What punishment did he face?
But Brentford’s players weren’t in the mood to show any mercy and Norgard secured a famous night 17 minutes ahead of time.
Arsenal somehow made a long throw inside their six-yard box and the Danish international headed for a grateful net to double Brentford’s advantage.
Smith Roy and Terni were the only source of comfort for Arsenal as they paired Nicholas Pepe, who Raya denied saving a whopping five minutes of time.
But Klein Sheet scored a famous victory for Brent Ford as he finished the first night at the table in the Premier League.