Brentford Stun Arsenal In Premier League Opener

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates their second goal scored by Christian Norgaard of Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Brentford made a blistering start to their first English top-flight season for 74 years as goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard earned a 2-0 win over Arsenal in front of a first-ever full house at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday.

The Bees spent the first season at their new home playing behind closed doors, but rose to the occasion as they were roared on by 17 000 fans in the first Premier League match at full capacity since March 2020.

“What an atmosphere,” said Brentford manager Thomas Frank. “The first time in the top-flight, we are opening the Premier League season and for our own fans, they can dream. We are top of the league.

“We are going to celebrate every win, but we want more.”

“The first strike of the season is the sting of a killer bee.”

“Canos can for sure in the #PL.”

“The Bees have never had it this good.

By contrast, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is already under pressure.

The Gunners have finished eighth in each of his first two seasons in charge and the Spaniard has a daunting task to turn things around before the September international break with title favourites Chelsea and Manchester City to come in Arsenal’s next two games.

“I don’t think we deserved anything different,” said Arteta in a damning indictment of his side.

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