Arsenal reclaim top spot with Brentford scalp

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: William Saliba (L) of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: William Saliba (L) of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table after defeating Brentford 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Fabio Vieira made his full first team debut in the league and 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri was named on the bench for the first time for Arsenal, who also welcomed back Thomas Partey.

The breakthrough came in the 17th minute when William Saliba nodded a pin-point corner-kick from Bukayo Saka in off the far post and put the Gunners ahead.

Despite an encouraging start, the Bees struggled to get beyond the strong defensive lines the Gunners provided and relied a lot on long passes and shots from afar.

Instead, the Gunners made it two three minutes to the half-hour mark after Gabriel Jesus leaped unmarked in the area and nodded over the reach of goalkeeper David Raya.

Arsenal weren’t done three minutes in the second half and added a third when Vieira finished off a clever pass from Saka to open his Premier League account.

Jesus looked for his brace a few moments later with a teasing shot from a tight angle around the box, but Raya was equal to the task and smothered the Brazilian.

The Bees started to see a lot of the ball during the midway point of the second half and with that managed to work a chance through Mikkel Damsgaard which Aaron Ramsdale smothered.

Arsenal brought on a two double change in Eddie Nketiah for Gabriel Martinelli and Albert Sambi Lokonga ahead of Partey later on.

Nwaneri was introduced in the last two minutes and became the league’s youngest player ever to play in the league, as the Gunners claimed the win and returned to the top of the table.

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