Gameweek 1: New Season's Buzzing

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Arsenal is playing against some guy named Brent Ford. (Is that Mike Ford's brother?)

This is the type of game Arsenal has really struggled with over the years, playing a team that they think they can just show up and beat. Brentford's players and fans will probably be more intense and fired up for this match than most others this year.
Arsenal dropping points in this one could be really bad news for Arteta, with Chelsea and Man City next, then an international break.
 

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Arsenal is playing against some guy named Brent Ford. (Is that Mike Ford's brother?)

This is the type of game Arsenal has really struggled with over the years, playing a team that they think they can just show up and beat. Brentford's players and fans will probably be more intense and fired up for this match than most others this year.
Arsenal dropping points in this one could be really bad news for Arteta, with Chelsea and Man City next, then an international break.
I doubt anybody is assuming they can just show up and beat Brentford without Aubameyang, Lacazette, Partey, or Gabriel.
 

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Last season, Arsenal started off by playing away against a newly-promoted London club (Fulham) and won 3-0, so I'll take a repeat of that. Of course, all three goal scorers from that match are out- Lacazette, Gabriel, and Aubameyang- so Balogun will just have to bag a hat trick.
 

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Fulham didn't have home fans and energy like Brentford will have today
Oh no doubt, that was intended only as a tongue-in-cheek comparison. Plus, I honestly would not want the start of this season to mirror anything from the last considering they started 4-2-8 (14 points) and were in 15th place after matchweek 14.
 

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Playing here without (checks notes) our best CM, our top two strikers, a starting CB, and our best winger only fit enough for the bench. Credit to Arteta for just rolling with the kids rather than selecting Elneny or Willian (who may be getting the Ozilian "Please please leave, thx for the memories" message since he's not even on the bench) for experience.

To summarize, in the front six we've got:

-A 19-year-old striker in Balogun who really hasn't played English first team football before.
-A 20-year-old wide forward (or maybe he plays striker) in Martinelli who just returned from the Olympics like three days ago.
-A 21-year-old CM in Lokonga who has never played outside the Belgian league.
-A 21-year-old CAM in Smith-Rowe who really only has six months experience at top level.

I'm excited to see what happens, even though the logical side of the brain tells me that there is a very good chance this goes quite poorly.

View: https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/1426242213651091456
 

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Ugh, Been watching the pregame for less than 20 minutes and already had multiple my Pillow commercials.
 

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Why can't you do the same this season?
I think what he is saying is that last season the matches were all spread out so there was usually only one match at a time. This season they are going back to the traditional schedule where most matches are Saturday at 10 eastern.
 

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The first match of a new season is always exciting, but add Balogun, Martinelli, and Lokonga to the starting XI (plus White- but he was fully expected), and I am amped and pumped and stoked for this one, regardless of outcome. COYG.
 
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I think what he is saying is that last season the matches were all spread out so there was usually only one match at a time. This season they are going back to the traditional schedule where most matches are Saturday at 10 eastern.
yeah exactly...watching full replays and highlights won't be the same
it was also the main companion with everything closed down
 

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Brentford really taking it to Arsenal in the first half. Playing at home with fans making a huge difference, but Arsenal are really disjointed while attacking and have made some really bad defensive miscues.
 

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It’s always fun to watch these Championship teams come up and play fearless around in season. Brentford playing with vigor and flair.
 

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It’s always fun to watch these Championship teams come up and play fearless around in season. Brentford playing with vigor and flair.
Yup, fair play to Brentford. They are buzzing and they have a progressive style and a cohesive team.

Arsenal have looked pretty disjointed, which is not all that surprising given the lineup.

Basically an even game by shots and xG with neither side creating very much.
 

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That must be some fucking party there.

Love it when a side comes up.

They're getting after it.

Arsenal's kits do look cool.
 

Kliq

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Ben White was so helpess as he watched that ball bounce over his head.
 

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Was about to make a joke about how Arsenal's new 50m centerback is not exactly covering himself in glory here but I know it would get thrown back in my face as soon as Christian Romero does inevitably something stupid.
 

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Just so I am clear, did anyone else think there should have been a foul for holding the keeper on the second goal? Am I insane for thinking that was 100% a clear foul?
 

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Incredible crowd. So happy for Brentford and their fans. This is going to be a special season for them.
 

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It should have been holding the keeper on the second, but Arsenal looked so disjointed I wasn't expecting them to score in the game.

Other than Smith-Rowe I didn't see much desire out of Arsenal.
 

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NBC does a great job post game just showing shots of the crowd and the players without any commentary.
 

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NBC does a great job post game just showing shots of the crowd and the players without any commentary.
This is true. But also I could have produced that end game.

That was a tough spot for Arsenal but having fans back made that a pretty awesome sight. Watch that second goal be the only goal off a throw in for the whole year.
 

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The first match of a new season is always exciting, but add Balogun, Martinelli, and Lokonga to the starting XI (plus White- but he was fully expected), and I am amped and pumped and stoked for this one, regardless of outcome. COYG.
Ouch, I just noticed my three word typo. I misspelled “I am deflated and I am dispirited and I am melancholy.” Ha.

Tierney and Smith Rowe played pretty well, and Sambi’s passing intrigued me. I think they could possibly have a nice young midfielder in him, someone who can actually contribute to the attack. When he had the ball in the attacking third, it felt like he had the vision and touch to make things happen.

Besides that, it was a rough night from an Arsenal perspective (and joyous and wonderful from a Brentford perspective). I hope Gabriel gets healthy soon because Mari did not look great.
 

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Even without the goal, Bruno looks like last year's early season version. He was so burnt out last year. One of the keys of the season will be managing his minutes. He can't play every week twice per week again.