Brentford made a blistering begin to their first English top-flight season for 74 years as objectives from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard earned a 2-0 win over Arsenal in entrance of a first-ever full home on the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday.
The Bees spent the primary season at their new residence enjoying behind closed doorways, however rose to the event as they have been roared on by 17,000 followers in west London within the first Premier League match at full capability since March 2020.
Bees’ boss Thomas Frank whipped up the group right into a frenzy earlier than kick-off and Arsenal have been quickly struggling beneath the relentless urgent his aspect turned well-known for within the Championship.
Bryan Mbuemo drilled a shot off the skin of the submit within the first warning shot from the house aspect earlier than they took the lead on 22 minutes.
Ethan Pinnock fed Canos on the Brentford left and he reduce inside to unleash a robust shot that beat Bernd Leno at his close to submit.
Mbuemo then dragged one other large likelihood vast after turning Arsenal’s new £50 million signing Ben White with ease.
The Gunners have been with out each Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandra Lacazette as a result of sickness, handing Folarin Balogun his Premier League debut.
Balogun wasted the guests’ finest likelihood of the first-half, however was additionally unlucky to not win a penalty as he was caught on the observe by way of after slicing vast.
Arsenal began the second-half with much more goal as Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith-Rowe lastly pressured David Raya into motion.
Bukayo Saka was given a standing ovation by each units of followers when he was launched on the hour mark after the racial abuse he suffered within the aftermath of lacking the decisive penalty in England’s Euro 2020 remaining defeat to Italy.
But Brentford’s gamers have been in no temper to point out any mercy and substitute Norgaard made certain of a well-known evening 17 minutes from time.
Arsenal by some means let a protracted throw bounce inside their six-yard field and the Danish worldwide gratefully headed into an unguarded web to double Brentford’s benefit.
Norgaard was inches away from one other purpose moments later with Leno once more flapping at a set-piece.
Smith-Rowe and Tierney have been the one sources of consolation for Arsenal as they mixed to arrange Nicolas Pepe, who was denied by a surprising save by Raya 5 minutes from time.
After ending eighth in every of his first two seasons in cost, Mikel Arteta was beneath strain earlier than the season even started to point out indicators of a significant enchancment.
The Spaniard has a frightening activity to show issues round earlier than the September worldwide break with title favourites Chelsea and Manchester City to return in Arsenal’s subsequent two video games.