BRENTFORD hosts Arsenal on Friday night in the Premier League. Chris Clarke ( @ ChrisClark 1975 ) shares its verdict.
Brentford vs Arsenal | Friday 16 August 2021, 20:00 | Sky sports
The Premier League irritation kicks off with an intriguing London derby on Friday night as newly appointed host from Brentford Arsenal Mikel Arteta
While this is Brentford's first Premier League game, the focus will be on Arsenal and how they kick off the season. The Gunners, in the eyes of their fans, tend to go from the sublime to the ludicrous, which in fact the team is currently probably in the middle of these two extremes.
In fact, Arsenal finished last season in good shape with five straight wins. If you took the Premier League form table from Boxing Day last year, Arsenal would actually be second. Yes, the choice of this date is somewhat arbitrary, but it shows that in the second half of the season, although Arsenal may not have played spectacular football, it was very difficult to beat him
... Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe also finished well last season, scoring 16 last season and half of the game after April. Brentford, under Thomas Frank, plays a pressing style with a very high line of defense, and Pepe's speed and straight forward move on the right flank could cause some problems for Rico Henry, a progressive left-back. Pepe at 9/4 will score anytime from Unibet looks like a solid bet, especially with Pepe and on free throws.
Ben White's summer signing with Arsenal aims to improve Arsenal's defenses, which effectively ended the season with three clean records, and I think the real problem with Arsenal is the goalkeeper.