Arsenal VS Brentford Match LIVE Football Score 13/08/2021
Arsenal begin their Premier League 2021/22 campaign by kicking off the season at the Brentford Community Stadium as they welcome newcomers Brentford. An impressive pre-season under Ben White’s belt has been the talk amongst the Arsenal faithful as someone to spearhead the Gunners defence for the upcoming season. He seems well suited to Mikel Arteta’s style of play already but there is a long way to go and we could see a leader in the making from the England international.
Brentford have been praised by various areas of the footballing world not just for their style of play but their management off the pitch too. Their “moneyball”-esque business model has enabled them to turn huge profits in the transfer market as well as having a solid scouting system in place. The target for Arsenal will be top six minimum while Brentford will be looking to show why their time in the Premier League is long overdue.
The Premier League returns on Friday as Brentford play host to Arsenal, the top flight’s newest entrants welcoming a side who have enjoyed a 96 season unbroken spell at England’s top table. Thomas Frank’s Bees, who won the EFL Championship final in late May, have not played a game in Division One or the Premier League since the 1946-47 season but will hope that long wait proves to be worth it when they take on the Gunners.
The jubilation of leading Arsenal to their 14th FA Cup triumph after six months in charge has quickly dissipated for Mikel Arteta, whose Emirates future could very well be determined by how well his side perform for the rest of the calendar year, but they at least managed to win their final five Premier League games last season.
However, Hibernian, Chelsea and Spurs have all condemned Arsenal to defeat during a demoralising pre-season period for the Gunners, who can take solace in the fact that they are unbeaten in seven games away from home during the opening weekend.
Not since May 1947 have the Gunners paid a visit to Brentford in league action – a game which ended 1-0 in Arsenal’s favour – and while their respective trophy hauls differ somewhat over the past 74 years, Brentford are certainly not here to make up the numbers.
Brentford will be the 50th different team to play in the Premier League, and the 10th from London. Just 11 of the previous 49 participants have won their first ever game in the competition (D15 L23), while no side from the capital has won their first ever Premier League game (D5 L4).
The Wembley turnstiles did open for a limited number of Brentford and Swansea City supporters during their playoff final on May 29, where the Bees’ agonising 74-year wait for top-flight football came to an end thanks to goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes.
Understandably overcome by emotion come the final whistle, manager Frank had achieved exactly what he had set out to do when taking the reins back in 2018, and his side have gone toe-to-toe with some of the big boys in pre-season.
A 1-0 defeat to West Ham United was a minor blot on the notebook, but the Bees claimed victories over fellow top-flight outfits Watford and Valencia – as well as claiming a highly impressive 2-2 draw with Manchester United – while Cambridge United, Southend United, Wimbledon and Boreham Wood were all no match for Frank’s men.
Brentford amassed a nine-game unbeaten home run during the business end of the Championship season and hold the honour of being the 50th different team to play in the Premier League, but none of the nine London teams before them managed to win their first ever game in the competition.