We go again.
Our first time playing at Brentford’s shiny new Community Stadium. We don’t have much of a history with these west London newbies. A 3-1 victory in the league cup in 2018 being the only recent fixture. Before that, we hadn’t played them for over 70 years.
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 campaign. The Gunners began last season with a 3-0 victory away against promoted side Fulham.
Brentford’s Community Stadium will be the 60th different ground to host a Premier League match. So far, Arsenal have won at 53 of the 59, with only Liverpool (57) and Man Utd (54) winning at more.
This is the fourth time Arsenal have been involved in the opening game of a Premier League campaign, winning the other three against West Brom (2008-09), Leicester (2017-18) and Fulham (2020-21). Meanwhile, this is the third season in a row in which the opening fixture has featured a promoted side, with those sides losing by three goals in the previous two (Norwich 1-4 Liverpool, Fulham 0-3 Arsenal).
Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé finished last season scoring five goals in three games, netting a brace in the Gunners’ final two games of the season. The only Arsenal player to score 2+ goals in three consecutive Premier League games is Robin van Persie, who did so in October 2011.
So will Friday 13th be unlucky for us?
- Brentford win
- Arsenal win