The Bees will be desperate to hit the ground running in their first ever Premier League game, and first in the top flight for 74 years.
Arsenal have got their summer business done early to plug gaps in the squad, and should hand out at least two debuts tonight, but Mikel Arteta will need a quick start to stop further questions over his future.
However, the Gunners have been hit by the news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are set to miss out this evening due to illness, leaving Arteta with attacking problems to solve at late notice.
Brentford v Arsenal: Date and kick-off time
This match will be held TONIGHT, Friday, August 13 and will kick off at 8pm.
This will be the first league clash between these two sides since a Division 1 clash in 1947.
Arsenal did beat Brentford 3-1 in the League Cup third round in 2018.
For now though the focus is on getting three points in what is as close to a ‘must win’ game as you can get for the Gunners who will want to build momentum ahead of tough fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City in the coming weeks.
Brentford v Arsenal
Brentford will be the 50th different team to play in the Premier League, and the 10th from London.
Arsenal will be involved in the opening game of a Premier League campaign for the fourth time. They won on the previous three occasions against West Bromwich Albion (2008-09), Leicester City (2017-18) and Fulham (2020-21).
The teams will meet in the league for the first time since Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Griffin Park in May 1947.
You can follow all the action from tonight’s game with football.london ‘s Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak and Chris Wheatley in our live blog below.
Thomas Frank’s side has recently recruited Norwegian centre back Kristoffer Ajer for a fee of £14.13 million while Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka looks a very shrewd buy from Danish club FC Midtjylland.
Brentford will be looking to capitalise on their smart summer business against Arsenal in their opening game of the Premier League season.
Arsenal struggled for goals and slumped to a second consecutive 8th place finish last season.
The Gunners looked toothless in attack for most of the previous campaign although a duo of their Hale End graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka did provide a much-needed spark post-Christmas.
Ben White has also been added to the squad, the 23-year-old centre back originally from Poole was a part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad at Euro 2020.
The Gunners have also signed 21-year-old Albert Sambi Lokonga. The midfielder has impressed in pre-season and could warrant a starting spot against Brentford.
Lokonga could start in a midfield pivot alongside the enigmatic Granit Xhaka due to Thomas Partey currently enduring a spell on the sidelines.
The young Belgian previously captained Anderlecht in Belgium, a very impressive accolade for such a young player.
Arsenal does have a couple of injury concerns alongside Partey, Arteta will be without Brazilian defender Gabriel and 22-year-old Eddie Nketiah.