At the Brentford Community Stadium, the 2021-22 Premier League season kicks off on Friday night when the newly promoted Bees host London rivals Arsenal. Since 1947, Thomas Frank’s men are back in the English Premier League for the first time, while the Gunners prepare for a rare season without European football. Here is our expert guess on Brentford vs Arsenal football prediction, team news, and lineup of the first Premier League match of the 2021 season.
Ivan Toney sustained an injury and newly elevated Brentford are concerned about him ahead of their first Premier League match but the Bees are confident he will be fit to face Arsenal, while Josh Dasilva is out already.
A new signee Kris Ajer made his debut for Brentford in their final pre-season game against Valencia, with Thomas Frank opting for a back three. With Ajer now available for defense, Christian Norgaard could move into midfield.
Last time out Frank Oneya scored against Valencia, and the new Brentford midfielder will be eager to make his full debut on Friday night.
David Raya Martin was linked with Arsenal at the start of the season, but he will now face the Gunners.
On Friday night Ben White will make his first appearance for Arsenal.
If Gabriel is unavailable and Rob Holding is ruled out through injury Pablo Mari could partner White against Brentford.
Thomas Partey will be out for three weeks after sustaining an ankle injury.
A new signee as a result, Albert Sambi Lokonga will hope to start, but Mohamed Elneny is also an option in midfield.
Bukayo Saka only returned to Arsenal training at the beginning of the week, so he may only be on the bench for their first game.
If Saka is not ready Alexandre Lacazette could start the team’s first game although he is free to leave Arsenal this summer.
Brentford vs Arsenal Prediction
Last year gaining the promotion to the Premier League for the first time, Brentford won the Championship play-offs after years of disappointment. Their fans missed the entire season, but they will be back in their new stadium for big-time football, with the visit of Arsenal as their first assignment.
Pre-season results aren’t all that important, but Arsenal fans will be more optimistic about the new season if they win any of their four friendlies. They lost 2-1 to Hibernian before drawing 2-2 with Rangers, and then lost to London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.
Especially in front of their own fans Brentford will be buzzing and it would not be surprising if they came away with something. Arsenal are, of course, the favorites going into Friday’s Premier League opener
Frank’s men are certainly capable of making their first-ever Premier League encounter one to remember, but we believe the quality of the visitors will shine through during a hard-fought victory.
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Jansson, Ajer, Pinnock; Roerslev, Janelt, Onyeka, Norgaard, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Our Prediction: Brentford 1-3 Arsenal