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Brentford vs Arsenal: team news, match details, key stats & predicted lineup

Brentford vs Arsenal Premier League match preview for the first round of 2021/22 fixtures at Brentford Community Stadium on Friday.

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The new Premier League season finally gets underway after a two and a half months break and once again Arsenal’s match will be the first televised game of the new season.

Brentford will host Arsenal at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday night at 20:00 (GMT).

Arsenal will be aiming to get off on the right foot after having a disappointing season last term. The Gunners finished eighth last term and missed out on European football for the first time in two decades.

Team news

Arsenal have some injury concerns heading into the opening match of the league campaign.

Both Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes are unavailable with the former sustaining an ankle injury during his side’s defeat to Chelsea in a friendly match while Gabriel still has a knee issue that stopped him from competing at the Olympics with Brazil. Eddie Nketiah is also ruled out with an ankle injury

Thomas Partey remains sidelined. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli is also unlikely to feature, having just returned from his Olympic exploits in Tokyo while Rob Holding will have to be assessed on whether he can feature against the new promoted side.

New £50m signing Ben White is expected to make his competitive debut while Bukayo Saka is available having come off the bench during Sunday’s friendly with Spurs.

Arsenal predicted starting lineup

Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Sambi; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Key stats

This will be the first encounter in the League between the two sides since May 1947. Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is looking to become the first player in English football history to score the opening goal of a new campaign on three occasions.

When kicking off their Premier League season away from home, Arsenal are unbeaten in seven games (W5 D2) since losing 0-1 at Sunderland in the 2000/01 season.

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