Arsenal’s Premeir League season started in disappointment as goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard condemned them to a 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Brentford
It was a night to forget for Arsenal as their Premier League campaign got off to the worst possible start with a 2-0 defeat to Brentford.
Goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard ensured that all of the positivity surrounding their summer arrivals was quickly forgotten.
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher ripped into Mikel Arteta and his players labelling them “soft”.
Neville said: “You hear Thomas Frank after the match saying how they could do Arsenal on set-pieces, there’s nothing worse than thinking your team is a little bit soft.
“Arsenal fans will go away tonight thinking ‘we have been bullied’.
“I don’t mean ‘bullied’ like Wimbledon 25 years ago but in the modern game, that is being messed around. That is being bullied.
“Because Brentford have looked at them and thought, ‘yeah, we will have you, we will nudge you, throw you to the ground’, and that is the worst thing.”
Two players did come out with some credit however, with both pundits pointing to Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney’s performances as a small silver lining.
“We’ve talked about the negative quite a bit,” Neville continued. “There was talk about Smith-Rowe going to Villa, but they can’t let him go, he’s quality, absolutely fantastic.
“For 25 minutes of that second half, I thought Arsenal were actually going to score and get back into the game.
“That link up with Tierney, Smith-Rowe was a shining light, he was sharp and bright. It was a bad night but he was really, really good.”
It was Smith Rowe’s first Premier League appearance since being handed Arsenal’s coveted No 10 shirt and Carragher felt he lived up to the hype, in spite of the result.
“Thought he and Kieran Tierney were outstanding, they were that good they didn’t deserve to be on the losing side,” Carragher said.
“It wasn’t just his ability, I loved his personality and character, it was a hostile atmosphere but he still wanted the ball.
“He’s playing for a top club in a number 10 role, a coveted role, he kept driving Arsenal forward.”
It doesn’t get much easier for Arteta’s men. Following their loss against the Bees, they face London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates next weekend, before the daunting task of Manchester City at the Etihad.
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