Arsenal turn out to be a dismal performance on opening day and Brentford claim a historic victory
Brentford kicked off his first Premier League campaign in fairytale style with a 2-0 win over Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium.
The newly promoted team, which played its first season in the top flight for 74 years, rose to the occasion amazingly in front of a packed room, as they proved too good for a weak and fragile Arsenal.
Arsenal were left without three senior forwards, with illness ruling out both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangwhile Eddie Nketiah was unable to shake off a preseason injury. The absences gave Arsenal academy product Folarin Balogun a chance to lead the line in his full competitive debut for the Gunners, while full debuts were also given to newcomers Ben White and Sambi Lokonga.
In front of fervent home support, Arsenal started the game brilliantly, but were on the verge of finding a goal from behind when Bryan Mbuemo’s shot crashed into the post. Surviving the scare, Arsenal continued to investigate. Emile Smith Rowe, adorned with his new number, was particularly brilliant, bringing Arteta’s side forward on numerous occasions; a trend that would be one of the only positives of the night.
A bit against the march though, it was the Bees who took the lead midway through the first half when Spaniard Sergi Canós cut inside from the right wing and crashed an early low effort, surprising Bernd Leno who couldn’t. retain it. . Despite Arsenal’s dominance of possession (65.2% on the night), the Gunners made little threat, to the point that Bukayo Saka, who they resorted to so many times in times of need, was warming up before the break.
However, dispatched early by Arteta, the north London team looked much more confident as the second half began, with Lokonga and Smith Rowe testing Arsenal’s only target, David Raya. Saka’s introduction, combined with Smith Rowe’s direct execution, offered two bright sparks for Arsenal, but despite his probing, Brentford held firm, roaring for 16,470 inside Community Stadium.
And their fairytale night got even better, with Danish international Christian Nørgaard packing a second goal from a long shot from Brentford, though Arsenal fans will point out a possible foul on Leno in the process. However, Brentford deserved all three points, and with Arsenal hosting Chelsea and then traveling to Manchester City before the international break, it could be the start of another long season at the Emirates.
New season, the same story for Mikel Arteta’s gunners
Things are shaping up to look like a new season, but the same old problems after Martin Ødegaard’s return to Real Madrid at the end of last season.
It was evident that additional creativity was a must for the summer window. Ties with Leicester City’s James Maddison and Ødegaard’s seemingly imminent return are all well and good, but the time of need is now.
Nothing is different in the way we play, so why would there be something different in the results we get?
Defensively weak and offensively powerless, beyond having KT on the left and ESR do something on their own.
Friday Night Shite.
– arseblog (@arseblog) August 13, 2021
Arsenal barely seemed to score against Thomas Frank’s Bees despite dominating the ball for much of the game. With a full preseason now on their belts, excuses are starting to run low for Mikel Arteta, whose team seems to have few ideas beyond letting Kieran Tierney cross over immemorially.
The best chances of the night came through Emile Smith Rowe’s career before his effort was hit squarely at David Raya, and the aforementioned young Englishman who found Kieran Tierney in space down the left before the Scots They will cut Nicolas Pépé producing a first time. effort that tested Raya to his limits.
Based on current evidence, Ødegaard’s possible arrival might not come soon enough, but Mikel Arteta must extract more on a tactical level from one side that is far better than the way they are instructed to operate.
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