Brentford vs Arsenal Preview and Prediction
Brentford vs Arsenal Preview and Prediction. The gunners kick starts the 21/22 season with a trip to newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day of the season. Arteta team failed to secure any qualification for European competition for the first time in decades.
The smoking Gunners are able to buy few average players, but many dead legs are still available. Mikel Arteta will hope to do better than last season.
The English Premier League season kicks off on 13-08-2021 with a clash between newly-promoted Brentford and 13-time winners Arsenal at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Arsenal are coming off of a disappointing pre-season campaign in which they lost 3 of their 6 pre-season matches which also include back-to-back defeats to Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal will be hoping to maintain their 21 years record, they have not lost an away game on the opening day of the Premier League season since a 1-0 defeat by Sunderland in 2000.
The newly-promoted side Brentford are preparing for their first game in England’s top-flight in 74 years. It took Thomas Frank’s side 74 years to secure promotion after finishing third in the Championship and winning the playoffs.
Arsenal and Brentford recent meeting was in 2018 in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Arsenal defeated Brentford 3-1 on that occasion.
Brentford vs Arsenal – Team News
Brentford star striker Ivan Toney has shaken off his recent neck injury and he is fit for Friday’s match with Arsenal. Josh Dasilva will miss the game due to a hip problem and Mathias Jensen is also unavailable due to injury.
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank is likely to rely on a three-man defence made up of Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock and Kristoffer Ajer.
Arsenal Team News
The Gunners will be without the services of their versatile midfielder Thomas Partey who picked up an ankle problem against Chelsea in a pre-season friendly. Their striker Eddie Nketiah has also been ruled out due to an ankle injury and the game comes too soon for Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
Arsenal new signings Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokongo are expected to make their Premier League debuts. Bukayo Saka could feature from the bench after coming back from Euro 2020, with Nicolas Pepe retaining his spot on the right flank and Alexandre Lacazette leading the attack.
Brentford vs Arsenal – Expected Lineups
Brentford expected lineup: David Raya; Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock; Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Vitaly Janelt, Kristoffer Ajer, Frank Onyeka, Ivan Toney, Christian Norgaard, Rico Henry; Brian Mbeumo
Arsenal Expected lineup: Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Ben White, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka; Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette
Brentford vs Arsenal- Key Players
Brentford – Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney was a hitman in Brentford’s promotion to the Premier League last season, scoring a record 31 goals last season. Ivan will have a crucial role to play this season as well if Brentford are to stay up.
The Brentford striker will look to exploit the spaces behind Arsenal’s defence with his well-timed runs. He is a top finisher and if he gets the slightest sniff at goal, Arsenal will be in trouble.
He is also strong in the air and can trouble the likes of Pablo Mari and Ben White, who are not the most physical defenders.
Arsenal – Emile Smith Rowe
Arsenal young starlet Emile Smith Rowe had a breakout campaign last season and he will look to build on that success this year.
The young English midfielder will be tasked with unlocking the Brentford defence and creating chances for the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette. Smith Rowe also has a great engine and will be responsible for pressing Brentford high up the field.
Prediction: Brentford 2-2 Arsenal