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Brentford stun Arsenal in Premier League opener

Brentford celebrated their return to the Premier League with a magnificent 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Friday night to take them temporarily top of the table.

The Bees took to life in the big time with ease and fully deserved the lead given to them after 22 minutes when Sergi Canos drove low past keeper Bernd Leno at the near post, although Arsenal complained bitterly that the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.

Emile Smith Rowe forced a save out of Brentford keeper David Raya – who also brilliantly denied Nicolas Pepe from close range late on – before the home fans exploded in noise and elation when they scored a second with 17 minutes left.

Arsenal, without strike pair Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang through illness, were ultimately put to the sword when substitute Mads Bech Sorensen’s routine long throw was powered home by Christian Norgaard.

Brentford’s supporters celebrated wildly at the final whistle as the spotlight once again turns on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

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