Odds correct at the time of writing. 18+ Only. Terms and Conditions Apply.It feels as though it was only yesterday that Brentford secured their route to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Swansea City, their first appearance in England’s top flight since 1946/47. Promotion came a year after Brentford suffered heartbreak in the play-off final at the hands of Fulham, with Thomas Frank finally getting his side over the line and becoming the 50th Premier League side. Brentford’s pre-season preparations have been good and busy, playing eight games since mid July, including three matches against Premier League opposition. Watford were beaten before a draw with Manchester United and defeat to West Ham, with a victory over Valencia the final result before the start of the new season.
While Brentford were celebrating at the end of last season, Arsenal had to come to the realisation that they would not be playing European football for the first time since 1992/93 after an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League. The finish had Arsenal fans questioning the running of the club and the quality of Mikel Arteta as their manager, but the Spaniard has been backed in the transfer market to some extent, with the £50m signing of Ben White and arrivals of Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga. However, their pre-season hasn’t been good, with the Gunners losing three of their six friendlies including defeats to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the Mind Series.
Brentford vs Arsenal: Match Stats
Before every Premier League season there is always a conversation as to whether a Championship goalscorer can carry his form and strike rate over to the top flight. Some do well initially, such as Teemu Pukki, while others like Aleksandar Mitrovic struggle. Ivan Toney will be expected to follow in the vein of Pukki after his excellent campaign in 2020/21, scoring 33 goals across the season including two in the play-offs, with an overall average of 0.72 goals per 90 minutes and a total xG of 29.41.
However, this is their first game in the Premier League against one of the biggest clubs in the division in Arsenal (regardless of their current stature). The Gunners scored in each of their final five games of the past Premier League season and have opened the last two campaigns with victories.
Brentford vs Arsenal: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Brentford 1-3 Arsenal
Brentford vs Arsenal: Odds
Brentford vs Arsenal: Head to Head
26 September 2018 – Arsenal 3-1 Brentford – League Cup
26 May 1947 – Brentford 0-1 Arsenal – Division One
12 October 1946 – Arsenal 2-2 Brentford – Division One
6 May 1939 – Arsenal 2-0 Brentford – Division One
8 September 1938 – Brentford 1-0 Arsenal – Division One
Arsenal and Brentford haven’t faced off too often over the course of history, with Friday’s Premier League opener just their 14th match against each other. The Gunners won the most recent match, three years ago, and are unbeaten in their past four matches with Brentford’s last victory coming before the Second World War (such is the infrequency of this fixture).