Like every other league in Europe, Premier League football for the 2021/2022 season will kick start tomorrow as Premier League newcomers, Brentford hosts Arsenal at the Brentford Community Stadium by 8:00pm - the Bees home ground will become the 59th venue to pay host to English topflight football.

After 74 years, Brentford returns to English topflight football in midst of numerous heartbreaking playoffs disappointments, they've finally made it to where they wanted to be.

A free flowing attacking play in combination with a water tight defence was key to Bees' tremendous achievement last season in a run of games  that saw them claim a 9 game unbeaten run which led them to finishing very high in the Championship table in what propelled them to the EFL final playoff win in May; but a disturbing statistics for the PL newcomers suggests that none of their fellow London newcomers have ever won their first game of a PL season before now.



Arsenal on the other hand will be without European football this season after failing to secure a spot even for the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League last season which means they will not be performing at any European stage competition for the first time in 26 years.  The Gunners are expected to do better this season and should kick start the season on a strong foot.



With new additions to the team, Mikel Arteta will hope to improve from last season disappointments and bring in a winning formula to his side.  With only Manchester United having a longer on beaten run than Arsenal, they should be confident in extending their unbeaten run going into the new season given that they that in three of their last away games against newly promoted sides, they are yet to concede a goal winning two and drawing one.



Brentford's Ivan Toney was a recorder breaker in the Championship last season after hitting the back of the net on 33 occasions and providing 13 assists in the process, he will ready to continue his form against the Gunners on Friday. Meanwhile, all gaze will be on Arsenal new no.10, Emile Smith Rowe to see how he can continue his progress from last season.



Injury Scare and Notable Absentees

Thomas Frank is expected to kick start the season without his left-back, Jay Dasilva who will miss this game because of a hip injury alongside Danish midfielder, Mike Jensen who is yet to return to the squad after his participation in the Euro 2020 finals.

For Mikel Arteta, Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Thomas Partey will miss the season opener due to ankle injuries while Rob Holding will undergo a late fitness test to ascertain his readiness for the game.

Possible Line up

Brentford Possible XI: Thomas Frank is expected to put out an XI with a 3-5-2 set up which will see Raya in goal,  Pinnock, Jansson and Ajer the back three; Henry, Onyeka, Janelt, Roerslev and Norgaad  the midfield five as Mbeumo and Toney leads the attack.



Arsenal Possible XI: Mikel Arteta will hope to keep faith with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation that will see Bernd Leno in between the sticks for the Gunners; Chambers, Mari, new signing Ben White and Tierney the back four while Granit Xhaka and Lokonga are expected to shield the defence as Pepe, Smith Rowe and Aubamenyang provides supporting threat for Alexander Lacazette in attack.



This PL opener will see Michael Oliver as the center referee.


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