Arsenal will look to kick off the 2021-22 Premier League season when they travel to face newly-promoted Brentford.
Manager Thomas Frank will be optimistic ahead of their opening night clash with Arsenal after a win against Watford and Valencia were high points during the period, and the 1-0 loss to West Ham.
Predicted Brentford starting XI: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Norgaard, Baptiste, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney, Forss.
Brentford ended the previous Championship season on a nine-game unbeaten home run. When the whistle blows for kick-off, the Bees will become the 50th different team to play in the Premier League, although none of the nine London sides before them ever managed to win an opening day fixture.
Arsenal predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Lokonga, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Aubameyang.
Arsenal, kick-start their campaign after finishing the last two seasons in 8th place. This season’s will allow Mikel Arteta to focus solely on the Premier League.
Arsenal endured a mixed bag pre-season, starting with a loss to Hibernian. They returned from Scotland winless after mustering a draw to Rangers. Their much-publicised trip to the United States got called off owing to positive coronavirus cases within their staff, after winning behind-closed-door games, they endured a tough phase in the Mind Series, co-hosted by Tottenham and Chelsea.
Tonight 10.00pm EAT
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium
Referee: Michael Oliver