Brentford script club history as they register their first-ever Premier League win and a top division victory after 74 years as they eased past Arsenal with a 2-0 scoreline at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday.
The Bees looked a lot more comfortable side in the first half. They restricted Arsenal way beyond the danger areas as the Gunners failed to have any attempt at goal in the first half. Sergi Canos scored the first-ever Premier League goal for the Bees before Christian Norgaard struck in the second half to register the historic 2-0 win.
Let us quickly dive into how the players of both teams performed on Match Day 01 of the Premier League:
David Roya (GK) (7/10): David Roya made some exceptional saved throughout the course of the game. His four saves made things tougher for the Gunners up front.
Rico Henry (7/10): Rico Henry played a crucial part on the left side, exceptionally in the first half. He combined well down the wings to stress out the Arsenal defence wide.
Ethan Pinnock (7/10): Pinnock posed a stern challenge to Callum Chambers and handled the quick Arsenal wingers with relative ease.
Pontus Jansson (8/10): The Captain led the defence at the back and was dominant, especially in winning the aerial duels inside the box.
Kristoffer Ajer (7/10): Ajer outmuscled Kieran Tierney on more occasions than one and was an excellent challenger down the sidelines.
Frank Onyeka (7/10): Onyeka had a decent game as well, as he created gaps inside the Arsenal half down both the wings to force the Arsenal defence out wide.
Vitaly Janelt (6/10): Janelt was rather subdued in most parts of the game, but he did do the dirty work well and earned some crucial dead ball fouls.
Sergi Canos (9/10): Canos sent the Brentford fans in a frenzy as he fired the first goal into the back of the net with a convincing strike from the left side of the Arsenal box. He kept on showing his game intelligence throughout the game and was a real fox in the box for the Bees.
Christian Norgaard (8/10): Norgaard headed in the second goal of the night and was a real threat for the Arsenal defenders. He also won at least 4 duels in the Arsenal half and earned the ball in crucial areas.
Ivan Toney (8/10): Toney was a real menace in the Arsenal box and created several scoring chances. He won more duels (12), won more aerial duels (6) and won more fouls (4) than any other player on the pitch.
Bryan Mbeumo (8/10): Mbeumo lacked composure in front of the goal and at least had three clear chances to score more goals for Brentford. However, his sheer pace on the ball caused all sorts of problems for the Arsenal defence.
Mads Bech Sorensen (6/10): Sorensen replaced Ajer in the right-back and was as clinical as his predecessor on the field.
Mads Bistrup (NA)
Marcus Forss (NA)
Bernd Leno (GK) (6/10): Leno lacked communication with his defenders and was spotted out of his position on several occasions, including the second goal, where he failed to deal with an aerial ball inside the box.
Kieran Tierney (6/10): Tierney created a decent number of chances with his crosses, but none of them were clinical enough. He also struggled to contain the likes of Sergio Canos and Kristoffer Ajar.
Pablo Mari (4/10): The Spaniard was rather average in the first half and was outmuscled with the pace of Brentford strikers. He did recover a bit in the second half.
Ben White (5/10): Partnering with Mari, Ben White was also not at his best and struggled to cover the gaps at the back.
Calum Chambers (4/10): Chambers was rather wasteful in supporting his wingers upfront and did not have much impact on the game.
Granit Xhaka (5/10): The captain looked off-colour in the first half. He did create some scoring chances with his long balls from the midfield upfront but was never good enough to cause any trouble.
Albert Lokonga (6/10): Lokonga had a lot of the ball with his feet but never managed to crack open the Brentford midfield.
Nicolas Pepe (5/10): Pepe struggled to break into the Brentford box and was sidelined for large periods of the game.
Emile Smith Rowe (7/10): The youngster was arguably the best Arsenal man on the pitch. He turned the tide in the second half with two decent shots.
Gabriel Martinelli (6/10): Martinelli struggled throughout the game to play with the ball and made some woeful passes.
Folarin Balogun (5/10): The debutant had a poor first half with no chances at goal from inside the box. Balogun was isolated throughout the game and was subbed off early.
Bukayo Saka (7/10): Saka’s introduction breathed fresh air into the play. He made some quick turns and played some key passes to trouble the home side at the back.
Reiss Nelson (N/A)
Nuno Tavares (N/A)