The Gunners took the lead on 17 minutes as Bukayo Saka‘s nook was headed into the far nook off the submit by defender William Saliba. Then the lead was doubled 11 minutes later as Granit Xhaka floated a cross into the field and Gabriel Jesus emphatically headed dwelling the second.
Shortly after the break, Fabio Vieira, on his full Premier League debut, made it 3-0 with a dipping shot from 25 yards. Mikkel Damsgaard’s low shot was saved out by Aaron Ramsdale, however Brentford supplied little else as Arsenal returned to the highest of the desk by a single level forward of Man Metropolis and Tottenham.
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1. Arsenal have a ‘stroll within the park’
It was the tweet that supervisor Mikel Arteta used as motivation from this fixture final season when the groups met most lately in February.
“Good kickabout with the boys,” striker Ivan Toney tweeted after Brentford’s 2-0 win in August 2021, and the current Amazon documentary confirmed Arteta utilizing a screenshot of that remark in his prematch group speak seven months later, serving to encourage a 2-1 victory at dwelling.
Sunday’s 3-0 win at Gtech Group Stadium will arguably have given the Gunners extra satisfaction, nevertheless, given they have been completely dominant from the outset, by no means wanting in peril after William Saliba headed them right into a Seventeenth-minute lead.
All three objectives have been glorious of their development and execution, Gabriel Jesus heading in Granit Xhaka’s cross 11 minutes later, earlier than Fabio Vieira killed any prospect of a Brentford comeback with a dipping drive 4 minutes into the second half.
Toney, who was this week celebrating his maiden worldwide call-up and changing into the primary Brentford participant to make an England squad since Les Smith in 1939, barely had a kick all afternoon. Because the Arsenal followers sang late on: “Ivan Toney, a stroll within the park.”
2. Vieira steps up on full debut
This seemed a difficult full Premier League debut on paper for Vieira. With Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe dominated out via harm, Arteta turned to his £34 million summer season signing from FC Porto to play as a right-sided No. 8 in Arsenal’s 4-3-3 system.
Brentford’s fierce urgent and physicality gave the impression to be a troublesome problem for Vieira, who will not be the most important in stature, and centre-back Ben Mee sought to given the Portugal U21 worldwide an early style of what was in retailer with a strong problem that despatched him crashing to the turf.
Nonetheless, the 22-year-old grew into the competition, linking play properly and serving to Arsenal keep a degree of near-total management all through. The spotlight was a superb 25-yard strike which clipped Brentford goalkeeper David Raya’s left submit on its manner in to cap a promising particular person show. Vieira is the primary participant to attain on his Arsenal debut from exterior the penalty space within the Premier League period.
3. Arsenal keep prime into October
One of many query marks about this Arsenal facet is their skill to get better from adversity. Shedding at Manchester United final outing was their first defeat of the season, however this was an emphatic response, exhibiting a degree of management which confirmed that chastening expertise at Previous Trafford is already a distant reminiscence.
With Chelsea, Liverpool and United all not taking part in this weekend, Arsenal had an opportunity to create much more distance between themselves and their conventional top-four rivals. It is extremely early days — and people sides clearly have a sport in hand — however it can do lots for the arrogance of a bunch usually accused of fragility to see themselves eight factors forward of Chelsea and 9 away from Liverpool.
They have been even comfy sufficient to carry on Ethan Nwaneri — who at 15 years, 181 days outdated turns into Arsenal’s and the Premier League’s youngest-ever participant. A lot so, in actual fact, he was unable to vary with the remainder of his teammates as a result of he’s nonetheless a minor.
The worldwide break means Arsenal will likely be prime going into subsequent month, however the first day again pitches Arsenal towards third-placed north London rivals Tottenham. They’ll assault that vast process from a place of power.
Brentford: Raya 7, Hickey 6, Ajer 6, Jansson 6, Mee 6, Henry 6, Dasilva 6, Janelt 5, Jensen 5, Mbeumo 5, Toney 5.
Subs: Onyeka 6, Damsgaard 6, Baptiste 6, Wissa 6.
Arsenal: Ramsdale 7, White 7, Saliba 8, Gabriel 7, Tierney 7, Partey 8, Xhaka 8, Saka 8, Vieira 8, Martinelli 7, Jesus 8.
Subs: Lokonga 6, Nketiah 6, White 6, Marquinhos 6, Nwaneri 6.
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Granit Xhaka. Used the ball intelligently — exemplified by organising Jesus for Arsenal’s second — and revelled within the better attacking freedom afforded him in a barely modified midfield function.
WORST: Mathias Jansen. Unable to assist in giving Brentford a foothold within the sport as Xhaka and Thomas Partey ran the present for the guests in midfield.
Highlights and notable moments
Arsenal’s bench contained a 15-year-old, with midfielder Ethan Nwaneri making his first Premier League matchday squad. He would go on to set a report on his debut.
Ethan Nwaneri, 15 years and 180 days is on the bench for Arsenal at present at Brentford! Properly performed to him! The place have been you whenever you have been 15??? pic.twitter.com/Y0DeWv4mgJ
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) September 18, 2022
After Actual Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. was criticised for a dancing celebration final week, Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus confirmed solidarity together with his Brazil teammate when he scored the second objective.
Gabriel Jesus hit a Vinicius type dance celebration after his objective 🕺🔥 pic.twitter.com/H4DNnGaz5E
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 18, 2022
The Gunners have been in full management and Fabio Vieira’s gorgeous strike shortly after the break made it 3-0.
— NBC Sports activities Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 18, 2022
After the match: What the gamers/managers stated
Xhaka advised Sky Sports activities: “We have now a special mentality this season. we saved going and are coaching like we play and have class with the gamers that may make a distinction. You may have the category within the entrance they usually make the distinction. Very happy we’re in a great way however a protracted strategy to go.”
Jesus advised Sky Sports activities: “From the beginning we confirmed what we wish to do within the sport, create possibilities and rating. That’s what I imagine we did. He discovered me for the objective and I’m so blissful to play with him, he’s an clever and high quality participant. The celebration was for my man Vinicius Jnr, it must cease and it was for him.”
Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Data)
– Through Squawka: Arsenal’s earlier 10 Premier League objectives had come by way of the left foot, with Saliba’s header breaking the streak.
– Through Opta: Saka has been instantly concerned in 37 Premier League objectives for Arsenal (18 objectives, 19 assists), now the second-most of any participant whereas aged 21 or youthful for the membership within the competitors, overtaking Nicolas Anelka (35) and solely behind Cesc Fabregas (63.)
– Mikkel Damsgaard had Brentford’s second shot on objective within the 72nd minute, with the primary coming within the fifth minute.
– Brentford made all 4 substitutions by the 76th minute, with Arsenal not doing one till the 78th.
– This was Arsenal’s sixth shutout win by a 3+ objective distinction since 2020-21. That ties the group’s whole such wins within the 7 seasons prior.
– It was the primary time recording 4 wins in a five-game highway span (all competitions) in a single season since April-Might 2021.
– Ethan Nwaneri, born on March 21, 2007 (a yr after the Emirates stadium was constructed) turned each Arsenal’s and the Premier League’s youngest-ever participant at 15 years, 5 months and 23 days.
Brentford: The Bees go to the south coast on Saturday Oct. 1 for a match towards Bournemouth, kicking off at 10 a.m. ET, then they’re on the highway once more to Newcastle the next weekend.
Arsenal: The Gunners return dwelling after the worldwide break to host Tottenham Hotspur within the north London derby on the Emirates on Saturday Oct. 1, starting at 7:30 a.m. ET. Then it is Bodo/Glimt within the Europa League earlier than Liverpool arrive on Oct. 9.