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Brentford vs Arsenal: Premier League – LIVE!


The 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off with a London derby tonight as newly-promoted Brentford host Arsenal.

The Bees will be desperate to hit the ground running in their first ever Premier League game, and first in the top flight for 74 years.

Arsenal have got their summer business done early to plug gaps in the squad, and should hand out at least two debuts tonight, but Mikel Arteta will need a quick start to stop further questions over his future.

However, the Gunners have been hit by the news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are set to miss out this evening due to illness, leaving Arteta with attacking problems to solve at late notice.

The absence of Arsenal’s two key forwards will surely boost Brentford, and Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo will be likely key to their success this season.

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Score prediction

Brentford fans will have the stadium rocking for their Premier League bow and the players will thrive off it.

However, Arsenal have been in this situation before when visiting newly-promoted Fulham on the opening day of last season and brushing them aside.

This Bees side will remain a bit of an enigma for the opening weeks of the season but are more than capable of beating an Arsenal team with a weak core and a weaker defence.

Arteta will hope his summer business paids quick divends.

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Predicted lineups

Brentford (3-5-2): Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Lokonga, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Martinelli

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Early team news

Ivan Toney is fit and ready for the Premier League opener in a huge boost for new boys Brentford.

However, former Arsenal youngster Josh Dasilva has been ruled out with a hip problem in the Bees’ only real setback.

Arsenal are set to be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette because they are unwell.

England forward Bukayo Saka, who returned to training last week after being on holiday post-Euro 2020, could start out left and Gabriel Martinelli or Folarin Balogun should lead the line.

The Gunners are expected to hand Premier League debuts to summer signings Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga.

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Where to watch tonight

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

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So, the new season officially kicks off at 8pm BST tonight at Brentford, and we should have full team news at around 7pm.

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Hello and welcome to a new Premier League season!

The 2021/22 campaign kicks off tonight as Brentford host Arsenal, and we will be bringing you all of the action and analysis on our LIVE blog with Simon Collings at the Brentford Community Stadium in west London.


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