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13/08/21
Brentford Community Stadium
Premier League • Day 1
  • 2nd Half
  • Brentford
  • Arsenal
  • MbeumoForss
    86'
  • ChambersTavares
    82'
  • OnyekaBidstrup
    80'
  • Nørgaard
    73'
  • MartinelliNelson
    71'
  • AjerBech Sørensen
    71'
  • BalogunSaka
    59'
  • 1st Half
  • Brentford
  • Arsenal
  • Canos
    22'
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Brentford - Arsenal

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  • End of 2nd Half
90+5 

Full time!!! Brentford are back in the Premier League with bang!! They have beaten Arsenal 2-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium. What a performance from the new boys.

90+3 

Brentford still pressing the Arsenal defence in these late stages of the game

90' 

5 minutes of added time to played

89' 

Brentford are closing in on a massive win again Arsenal in their return to the top flight of English football

  • Marcus Forss
    OffBryan MbeumoBrentfordChange for Mbeumo comes off for Forss
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86' 

Change for Mbeumo comes off for Forss

84' 

Arsenal win a corner with 5 minutes to go

  • Nuno Tavares
    OffCalum ChambersArsenalChange for Arsenal as Chambers comes off for Tavares
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    OnNuno TavaresArsenal
82' 

Change for Arsenal as Chambers comes off for Tavares

80' 

CHANCE! It's almost 3-0 as Norgaard just can't get enough on the header to beat Leno

  • Mads Bidstrup
    OffFrank OnyekaBrentfordChange for Brentford as Onyeka comes off for Bidstrup
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  • Mads Bidstrup
    OnMads BidstrupBrentford
80' 

Change for Brentford as Onyeka comes off for Bidstrup

79' 

Mbeumo cross is blocked and goes out for a corner

77' 

Arsenal need to find a response and fast if they want anything out of this game

  • Christian Nørgaard
    GoalChristian NørgaardBrentfordGOAL!!!!! Norgaard gets on the end of the long throw and nods the ball into the back of the net. 2-0
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73' 

GOAL!!!!! Norgaard gets on the end of the long throw and nods the ball into the back of the net. 2-0

72' 

Mbeumo doing well up top and wins a throw in

72' 

Thomas Frank plays the cheerleader as he calls on the home supports to cheer on their side

  • Reiss Nelson
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    OnReiss NelsonArsenal
70' 

Change for Arsenal Martinelli comes off for Nelson

  • Mads Bech Sørensen
    OffKristoffer AjerBrentfordChange for Brentford as Ajer comes off for Sörensen
  • Mads Bech Sørensen
    OnMads Bech SørensenBrentford
70' 

Change for Brentford as Ajer comes off for Sörensen

69' 

Arsenal are camped in the Brentford half now, but Xhaka's shot flies over the bar

66' 

It's end to end stuff now as Arsenal drive forward in search of a goal

65' 

CHANCE! Brentford break quickly and the ball is spread wide to Canos, who's shot is just kept out by Leno

64' 

CHANCE! Martinelli gets on the end of the corner, but his header just goes wide of the back post

63' 

Chance! Tierney's shot is deflected and goes out for a corner

61' 

Ajer looks to be in discomfort here as he came together with Tierney. He's been checked by the physio and he's back on

59' 

Lokonga attempts a low driving shot from range, but Raya is equal to it. Arsenal will need to better if they hope to find an equaliser

  • Bukayo Saka
    OffFolarin BalogunArsenalBalogun comes off for Arsenal as Saka comes on to a standing ovation from the Brentford fans
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59' 

Balogun comes off for Arsenal as Saka comes on to a standing ovation from the Brentford fans

57' 

Saka is stripped off and getting ready to come on for Arsenal

55' 

Smith-Rowe was almost in there after a neat pass from Lokonga, but he just couldn't get hold of the ball.

53' 

Brentford now enjoying a decent spell of possession

51' 

CHANCE! Smith-Rowe drives at the Brentford defence who back off allowing the number 10 time to produce a powerful effort from the edge of the box, Raya does well to palm it away

50' 

Arsenal looked have to settled quickly in the second half as they move the ball well working an opening

47' 

And it's Tierney again who is found in space on the left flank, his low hard cross is well collected by Raya

46' 

A long throw from Pinnock which is aimed at Toney, but the attack breaks down with a misqueued shot

  • 2nd Half
45' 

Brentford get the second half underway

  • End of 1st Half
45'+1 

Half time at the Brentford Community Stadium and Thomas Frank will be pleased with the performance of his side. It's 1-0 to Brentford courtesy of Canos goal after 22 minutes

45' 

1 minute of added time to played

43' 

A clever chip pass from Toney, who almost finds Brentford shirt inside the box. The home side are looking confident now

43' 

Pinnock wins his foot race with Smith-Rowe and ushers the long ball out of play

41' 

Everything Arsenal are creating is coming down the left side with Tierney. His cross are looking dangerous as he whips in another which is well claimed by Raya

39' 

Brentford pushing for a second goal before half time as they press the Arsenal defence

36' 

The Brentford press almost came off there. Xhaka was caught in possession, a better final pass could have lead to a second goal

35' 

Arsenal win a free-kick just inside the Brentford half. It's taken short to build up the attack

34' 

Excellent defending from Pinnock, who picks the pocket of Pepe and then wins a free-kick to stop the Arsenal attack

32' 

Brentford have found their rhythm now as they pass the ball around to cheers of ole from the crowd

29' 

CHANCE! Great work from Mbeumo, who breaks into the box and seems to miss control the ball, but pulls off a neat drag back. He's one on one with Leno, but his shot goes wide of the post

27' 

Canos has a real spring in his step now as he attempt a shot from outside the box, but it was always rising over the bar

25' 

How are Arsenal going to respond having started the game so well

  • Sergi Canos
    GoalSergi CanosBrentfordGOAAAAAAAAAL! The home crowd have erupted. Canos scores for Brentford!!!! Arsenal failed the clear the ball properly and it comes to Canos who makes a yard of space and fires his shots past Leno's near post
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22' 

GOAAAAAAAAAL! The home crowd have erupted. Canos scores for Brentford!!!! Arsenal failed the clear the ball properly and it comes to Canos who makes a yard of space and fires his shots past Leno's near post

21' 

Canos takes the corner, but it's cleared away

20' 

Brentford win a corner and no doubt Toney will be the target

19' 

Great work from Brentford inside the Arsenal box, but the final pass isn't quite there as ball is eventually cleared away

16' 

Tierney whips in a decent cross, but it bounces up and comes off the hand of Pepe. The free-kick is given Brentford's way

16' 

The visitors are on top now as they control ball, moving it from left to right pulling the Brentford side around the pitch

14' 

The corner is whipped in but Raya commands his box and punches the ball away

14' 

Arsenal spring forward, cutting through the Brentford team. The cut back inside the box is stopped and Arsenal win a corner

11' 

What a strike from Mbeumo who lets fly with a shot from a tight angle which just passes the post. Some great build up play with Toney in the lead up

8' 

Brentford's forwards are following the game plan, pressing the Arsenal defence into a mistake, which will please Thomas Frank on the sideline

5' 

It might just be nerves, but Brentford are really struggling to get hold of the ball and keep it in these opening minutes

3' 

Arsenal have started the game well with plenty of possession and some neat passing

1' 

Arsenal win a corner and take it short trying work an opening. A ranged short from Tierney goes straight in to the arms of Raya

1' 

Arsenal quick out the blocks as they launch the ball forward to put the Brentford under pressure early on

  • 1st Half
1' 

Referee Michael Oliver gets the game underway as Arsenal kick-off opening game of the season

19:55 

The Brentford Community Stadium is rocking!!! Kick-off is less than five minutes away as both teams make their way out onto the pitch

19:50 

Brentford against Arsenal is only the third ever game in Premier League history to be played on Friday the 13th - the other two games were in April 2001, with Bradford City winning 2-0 against Charlton Athletic and Leeds United beating Liverpool 2-1

19:45 

Arsenal are without captain Aubameyang and fellow striker Lacazette who are both unwell and will not be available. So the responsibility to grab the goals falls to the exciting Hale End academy graduate Balogun

19:40 

Arsenal's defence will need to be at their best this evening with the Bee's striker Toney leading the line, he was the top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship last season with 31 goals and even contributed 10 assists

19:35 

Arsenal's away form on the opening game of the season has been impressive, they are unbeaten in seven games (W5 D2) since losing 0-1 at Sunderland in the 2000-01 campaign. The Gunners began last season with a 3-0 victory away against promoted side Fulham.

19:30 

It might be Friday the 13th but Brentford will be aiming to break the hoodoo that has seen the nine London teams before them fail to win their first ever game in the competition.

19:25 

This will be the first league meeting between Brentford and Arsenal since May 1947, a match the Gunners won 1-0 at Griffin Park.

19:20 

Arsenal will be up against it this evening as Brentford were a formidable force at home last season, amassing a nine-game unbeaten run during the business end of the Championship season

19:15 

And here is the Arsenal line-up

19:10 

Here is the side that Thomas Frank has selected to take on Arsenal...

19:05 

Both teams come into this game off the back of very different seasons. The Bees had a fine campaign, when they finally ended their wait for top flight football after 74 years with a Playoff win against Swansea in May, while Arsenal’s mixed form resulted in them missing out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

19:00 

Welcome back to another season of Premier League football with Eurosport’s Live coverage of Brentford and Arsenal at the Brentford Community Stadium. Both teams will be looking together their seasons off to win, so this should make for a brilliant opening game. All the stats, facts and team news to follow with kickoff at 20:00 GMT.