Brentford, Arsenal to get 2021/22 EPL season up and running

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2021-22 English Premier League

Matchday 1 of 38

Brentford vs Arsenal 

Brentford Community Stadium 
London, England
Friday, 13 August 2021
Kick-off is at 21:00 
Newly-promoted Brentford FC and Arsenal will get the 2021/22 English Premier League season up and running when they meet in London on Friday evening. 
Brentford manager Thomas Frank
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The Bees won promotion to England's top-flight after beating Swansea City in the Championship play-off final back in May this year. 
Speaking to talkSPORT, Brentford manager Thomas Frank couldn't hide his excitement for the season ahead after the club finally overcame their play-off 'curse': “I don’t care about who we’re facing in the first game to be honest!

“We look forward to playing in the best league in the world with some of the best teams in the world.

“Of course Arsenal are one of the best teams in the world, which is crazy. I really, really hope for full capacity because I can’t wait for all our fans to be back in the new stadium," he added. 
In an attempt to stave off relegation, Brenford have signed Kristoffer Ajer and Frank Onyeka while they've been able to keep hold of the likes of Ivan Toney who scored 33 goals last season; which will boost their chances of a positive first Premier League season. 
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
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Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back from a disappointing campaign. The Gunners won their last five games of last season, but could still only manage an eighth-place finish. 
The North London club have strengthened their defence with the signing of Ben White who has joined from Brighton & Hove Albion while Albert Lokonga and Nuno Tavares add valuable depth in the midfield and at left-back respectively. 
This will be the first league meeting between the two clubs since 1947, but they did meet in a Carabao Cup match in 2018 which Arsenal won 3-1. 

Brentford vs Arsenal head-to-head statistics:

Matches played: 11
Brentford wins: 5
Arsenal wins: 3
Draws: 3

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 1

Friday, 13 August 2021
21:00 - Brentford vs Arsenal 
Saturday, 14 August 2021
13:30 - Manchester United vs Leeds United
16:00 - Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 
16:00 - Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 
16:00 - Watford vs Aston Villa 
16:00 - Everton vs Southampton 
16:00 - Burnley vs Brighton & Hove Albion
18:30 - Norwich City vs Liverpool 
Sunday, 15 August 2021
15:00 - Newcastle United vs West Ham United 
17:30 - Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City 

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Published: 08/10/2021