Finally! After a long time, the Premier League is back in action as The Gunners travel to Brentford Community Stadium to face the newly promoted Bees at their home.
Mikel Arteta led side has been struggling with pre-season positive results, only being the Watford and Millwall matches producing wins for the Gunners.
The Friday match will be the first-ever match of Brentford in a fully packed stadium (number of tickets sold maintaining the Covid-19 protocols), Thomas Frank’s men will be ready to face the new challenge and their run for the Premier League. With the English striker (Ivan Toney) in attack, Brentford will surely trouble the Arsenal defense. The striker had scored 31 goals last season within the Championship.
Fresh off a 2-1 win against the Spanish side, Valencia in their pre-season fixture, the upcoming match against Arsenal will be their first match against Arsenal since 1947. Oh, wait! Did anyone say Friday, the 13th?
For the Arsenal team and their manager Mikel Arteta, the very first game against Brentford will be a tough one as the Gunners will be facing the former UCL winners Chelsea and the former Premier League winners Manchester City. For Arsenal, the season-opening will be one of the least appealing openings.
With Arteta heavily relying on Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, the side needs to deliver some magic which will be needed on Friday night.
On the other hand, Aubameyang needs to find his goal-scoring boots, having not scored during Arsenal’s pre-season.
Arteta will essentially pick the same side which started against Spurs and suffered a loss. Arteta thinks this side will be his best side to defeat “The Bees.”
We predict that the defensive line is perfectly set to start with Gabriel out injured. In midfield, we could see the debutant Albert Sambi alongside Granit Xhaka. Rowie will be wearing Jersey No.10, will be getting his first taste of the season donning the legendary number.
In attack, it will be difficult for Saka to give Arsenal a leading edge against Brentford, while Aubameyang is looking set to score the opening goal for Gunners.
Injury Updates and Players Availability
Both the teams have some serious injury news. Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes with the former will not be featuring for Gunner’s in the very first match against Brentford.
Fellow Brazilian team-mate Gabriel Martinelli is also unsure following his appearance in the Olympics.
Joe Willock is also not starting this Friday following his move to New Castle.
On the other hand, Brentford striker Ivan Toney has questions raised about his fitness after missing the 2-1 win over the Spanish side by “The Bees.” Bees boss Thomas Frank is however confident with his English striker.
Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Lokonga, Xhaka, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka, Aubameyang
Brentford: Raya; Pinnock, Jansson, Ajer, Henry; Frank Onyeka, Christian Nørgaard, Vitaly Janelt, Sergi Canos, Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney
Arteta’s side will want to pull themselves up in the league table and will want to secure those three vital points.
However, it is easier said than done as Thomas’ side loves to play attacking football. Given that Brentford have their home advantage. They have nothing to lose, as this is their very first Premier League campaign.
We are predicting the match to end in a 2-2 draw.