Arsenal will look to kick off the 2021-22 Premier League season when they travel to face newly-promoted Brentford.
HANGES TO VAR OFFSIDE DECISIONS…
Bit of housekeeping for you here:
- Premier League VARs are set to use ‘thicker lines’ in games this season to determine marginal decisions.
- The PGMOL hopes the change will give the benefit back to the attacking team after Premier League clubs gave feedback in a VAR survey last season.
- Viewers not in the stadium have been able to see the working out process and it led to screenshots of borderline decisions being shared and creating more negativity for the decision-review system. As a result, all decisions will be made off-screen from now on.
- A brief clarification from FIFA about where offside lines start and stop: they say the bottom of the armpit is now being classed.
BRENTFORD TEAM NEWS – ONYEKA STARTS
Team to play Arsenal: Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Jansson, Ajer, Norgaard, Canos, Janelt, Onyeka, Mbeumo, Toney
Subs: Gunnarrson, Goode, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Dervisoglu, Bidstrup, Sorensen, Rasmussen
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS – MARTINELLI, LOKONGA & BALOGUN START
Team to play Brentford: Leno, Tierney, White, Chambers, Mari, Xhaka, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Martinelli, Balogun
Subs: Hein, Bellerin, Saka, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Soares, Tavares, Nelson, Elneny