Arsenal lose 0-2 to Brentford in Premier League opener


Brentford players celebrate win over Arsenal on Friday.

Photo: BBC

Brentford on Friday night stuned Arsenal in front of jubilant home crowd with a scintillating 2-0 win thereby sending a warning signal to other Premier League top clubs.

With the victory, Brentford are top of the English top flight for the first time since September 1, 1946.

The stage was set hours before kick-off as fans, finally allowed to fill this modern stadium to a 16,479 capacity, gathered around Kew Bridge Station and Chiswick roundabout with a sense of anticipation that was almost tangible.

And expectations were fulfilled in 90 minutes Brentford fans will never forget, ending with the chant of “we’re top of the league” (which of course, they are) after a fully merited 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Arsenal, remember, was a club that felt it deserved a place in the ill-fated European Super League not so long ago and yet here found themselves taken to the cleaners by the supposed underdogs in a chastening night for manager, Mikel Arteta, and his players.

“We’re just a bus stop in Hounslow” is a self-deprecating chant Brentford’s fans aim at themselves. Not any more. Not with a team that produced this level of performance on the global stage provided by the Premier League.

Brentford will have captured the attention of viewers around the world. It was a performance to make people sit up and take notice.

Frank picked up on the theme and the song as he said: “We’re just a bus stop in Hounslow. We’re not supposed to be here. We will celebrate every win but we want more.

“I think the players were amazing. They ran themselves into the ground, played with intensity. They were brave and pressed high constantly.

“The fans were amazing. What an atmosphere. I’m a bit speechless. We’re opening the Premier League season. Fans can dream we’re number one in the Premier League. It’s a fantastic story.”



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