Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League! They’ve dispatched their hosts Brentford with a minimum of fuss.
Two goals in the first half hour put the Gunners in a commanding position.
Before Vieira put a gloss on the win with a stunning long-range strike in the second half.
However, Brentford wasn’t bad. They just weren’t as good.
BRENTFORD (4-3-3): David Raya Martin; Aaron Hickey, Kristoffer Ajer, Ben Mee, Rico Henry; Pontus Jansson (c), Vitaly Janelt, Mathias Jensen; Bryan Mbuemo, Ivan Toney, Josh Dasilva.
SUBS: Yoane Wissa, Shandon Baptiste, Sergi Canos, Thomas Strakosha, Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Frank Ogochukwu Onyeka, Mikkel Damsgaard, Saman Ghoddos, Zanka.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka (c); Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli.
SUBS: Eddie Nketiah, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Matt Turner, Matthew Smith, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Marquinhos, Rob Holding, Ethan Chidiebere Nwaneri, Lino Sousa.
GOAL! BRENTFORD 0-1 ARSENAL! Arsenal force a corner down their right. Saka whips in the delivery and Saliba flicks it into the far bottom corner with his head. Raya claws the ball away but it’s already crossed the line!
GOAL! BRENTFORD 0-2 ARSENAL! Jesus peels away from his marker to nod Xhaka’s gentle left-footed drink into the top left corner. The Brazilian put all his force into that header!
GOAL! BRENTFORD 0-3 ARSENAL! Vieira scores on his first league start for the Gunners! It’s a peach of a goal too, as the Portuguese midfielder controls Saka’s pass inside, looks up, and bends a left-footed curler into the bottom right corner via the post.
So, what’s next?
Above all, Arsenal’s excellent start to the season continues then.
They host Tottenham and Liverpool next, with a Europa League game in between.
Those games will be real tests of what they’re capable of this season.
Meanwhile, Brentford will face Bournemouth.
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