Brentford 0-3 Arsenal: Ethan Nwaneri becomes the youngest Premier League player ever as the Gunners hit the top


Since the start of last season, only Liverpool (20) and Manchester City (19) have scored more Premier League goals from corners than Arsenal (17).

Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest ever Premier League player at 15 years and 181 days as the Gunners beat Brentford to return to the top of the table.

Mikel Arteta sent the school midfielder in the final moments with his team 3-0.

The traveling fans of Arsenal greeted Nwaneri’s appearance by singing: “He goes to school in the morning”.

William Saliba put Arsenal on course for a sixth win in seven top-flight games this season after France defender Bukayo Saka’s corner was headed in off the post.

It was 2-0 inside the opening half-hour when Brazil striker Jesus, a £45m signing from Manchester City in July, headed past Granit Xhaka’s measured chip from David Raya.

Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira capped a dominant display for Arsenal with a 25-yard goal to mark his first Premier League start since joining from Porto.

Brentford were unbeaten in their previous three games and could have moved up to fifth in the table with a win, but they rarely threatened striker Ivan Toney. called by England for the first time, he fought for the service.

Arsenal started the weekend top of the table but dropped to third after wins by Manchester City and Tottenham on Saturday.

The win, however, put the Gunners on 18 points, one more than their nearest rivals, ahead of their next game against Spurs in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on October 1 (12.30 BST).

Stylish gunners show they mean business

Arsenal were bullied last season and went down 2-0 to newly promoted Brentford on the opening day of the 2021-22 campaign.

A lot has changed since then and this is a very different Gunners team, full of drive, determination and character.

After Manchester United’s first setback of the season in their previous Premier League game, all eyes were on how they would respond against a Brentford side that had embarrassed United five weeks earlier.

Despite the absence of influential captain Martin Odegaard due to injury, they dominated from start to finish.

Gabriel Martinelli again made a striking switch, Saliba was strong at the back, and Saka also rocketed Vieira, finishing with two assists as the Gunners secured their third away win of the season.

Ben White, left out of the latest England squad, also played a key role in the win although Raya could have been more on the winning side thanks to two fine saves to keep out Jesus and Saka in a 3-0 lead.

Arsenal have not played in the Champions League since 2016-17.

There is still a long way to go, but the signs look promising for Arteta as Arsenal continue to make a strong start and give their supporters hope of qualifying for Europe’s most prestigious club football competition.

More to follow.

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Brentford

  1. Group number1Player nameRaya

  2. Group number20Player nameAjer

  3. Group number18Player nameJansson

  4. Group number16Player nameMee

  5. Group number2Player nameHickey

  6. Group number10Player namedasilva

  7. Group number27Player nameJanet

  8. Group number8Player nameJensen

  9. Group number3Player nameHenry

  10. Group number19Player nameMbeumo

  11. Group number17Player nameTony

  1. Group number11Player namehe warned

  2. Group number15Player namelook

  3. Group number24Player nameDamsgaard

  4. Group number26Player namebaptiste

The eleven

Brentford

training 3-5-2

  • 1Raya
  • 20Ajer
  • 18Jansson
  • 16Mee
  • 2Hickey
  • 10dasilvareplaced byDamsgaardin 63′minutes
  • 27Janetreplaced bylookin 63′minutes
  • 8Jensenreplaced bybaptistein 69′minutes
  • 3Henry
  • 19Mbeumoreplaced byhe warnedin 76′minutes
  • 17Tony

replacements

  • 7gray hair
  • 11he warned
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15look
  • 22Strakosha
  • 24Damsgaard
  • 26baptiste
  • 30Roerslev

Arsenal

training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 4Whitereplaced byTomiyasuin 86′minutes
  • 12a cross
  • 6Gabriel
  • 3Tierney
  • 5the partyreplaced bySambi Nursingin 78′minutes
  • 34XhakaBooked in 58 minutes
  • 7Ofreplaced byOliveira Alencarin 90+2′minutes
  • 21Ferreira Vieirareplaced byto Nwanein 90+2′minutes
  • 11Martinellireplaced byNketiahin 78′minutes
  • 9gabriel jesusBooked in 90 minutes

replacements

  • 14Nketiah
  • 16holding
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 23Sambi Nursing
  • 27Oliveira Alencar
  • 30Turner
  • 72Smith
  • 83to Nwane
  • 96Sousa

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