Brentford supervisor Thomas Frank “knew” his facet would have the ability to exploit a well-recognized Arsenal weak point, and hailed his strike duo after their excellent Premier League debuts.
Brentford have been broadly tipped to carry out the perfect of the three newly-promoted sides this season. On tonight’s proof they may have little hassle attaining that feat.
Roared on by the house crowd, the Bees out-thought and out-fought the Gunners all through the competition. Sergi Canos notched the sport’s opener when reducing inside Calum Chambers earlier than rifling a fearsome drive inside Bernd Leno’s near-post.
Arsenal emerged with renewed vigour after the break, however Brentford stood agency and bagged a second from a trademark lengthy throw-in.
A cluster of Arsenal defenders together with Leno did not clear the ball, permitting Christian Norgaard the straightforward activity of heading house from three yards out.
Talking to Sky Sports activities after the match, Frank stated: “The followers have been wonderful, what an environment. I’m a bit speechless. First time within the top-flight, we’re opening the Premier League season, followers can dream we’re primary within the Premier League. It’s a improbable story.
“We’re only a bus cease in Hounslow, we’re not speculated to be right here. We are going to have a good time each win, however we wish extra.
“I believe the gamers at the moment have been wonderful, they ran themselves to the bottom, performed with depth, they have been courageous and pressed excessive continually.”
Outlining one space of the competition during which he “knew” his facet would maintain the benefit, Frank turned the highlight on Arsenal’s frailties at set items and below the excessive ball.
“On set-pieces I believed we have been higher, that’s why we did lengthy throws and at instances we might go excessive and knew that we might win the ball and create probabilities,” stated Frank.
The bees sting once more! 🐝🐝
Ivan Toney wins the flick forward of Ben White and Christian Norgaard heads house for Brentford to double the lead! 😮
— Sky Sports activities Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2021
“Ivan [Toney] has an unbelievable character and mentality and he has such a presence on the pitch. What number of duels he wins… he can link-up and press for the staff. He is essential to us.
“Bryan [Mbuemo] did an excellent job of stretching them, of going one-v-one and along with his tempo he’s an enormous menace.
“At this time the gamers deserve the reward and celebrations, it’s been a tough pre-season. You may see they’re match, they will run, so this has been deliberate. They deserve some relaxation however Monday we stay up for Crystal Palace.”
Concerning the significance of the followers who have been in full voice for many of the evening, the Dane added: “Sheffield United spoke about their first season within the Premier League the place their supporters helped the staff and little question these guys have been wonderful tonight and we’ll want their assist this season – they maintain the gamers going for 90 minutes.”
Big step ahead for Brentford – Canos
Canos additionally spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports activities: “That is wonderful, I’ve been dreaming about scoring the primary objective within the stadium and these individuals deserve it, we deserve it.
“Nice three factors, we’d like a little bit of calm after which we go once more subsequent week.
“It’s such an unbelievable second – improbable for me and my household who’ve come all the best way from Spain and all my different household in Spain are watching the sport. For the membership, it’s a step ahead.
“We’ve been engaged on set-pieces so we’ll all the time have one thing prepared so we’re happy it got here by means of.
“We took the sport to our facet, we pressed excessive, we have been courageous and we deserved the three factors.”