Everything you need to know ahead of this evening’s top-flight opener
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Arsenal open the Premier League season with a trip to newly promoted Brentford on Friday evening.
After enduring their worst start of the Premier League era last campaign, Mikel Arteta will be desperate to change the Gunners’ fortunes and forge a path back towards European football.
He has been backed in the transfer market with the additions of Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares, however, the squad does still have glaring absentees in attacking midfield and in goal.
Meanwhile, Brentford will be competing in the Premier League for the first time in their history after winning promotion via the play-off last season. Thomas Frank’s side will have high aspirations heading into the new campaign and have bolstered their squad with the additions of Frank Onyeka and Kristoffer Ajer.
Much of their success will come down to whether Ivan Toney can continue his prolific form after scoring 33 goals in the Championship last season. Here is everything you need to know:
When is it and what time is kick-off?
The match will get underway at 8pm on Friday 13 August 13 at the Brentford Community Stadium.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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What is the team news?
Ivan Toney is fit and will start after a minor injury scare, however, former Arsenal midfielder Josh Dasilva has been ruled out.
Arsenal are without Thomas Partey Gabriel Magalhaes and Eddie Nketiah, but both Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga are poised to make their debuts.
Brentford: Raya; Jansson, Ajer, Pinnock; Roerslev, Janelt, Onyeka, Norgaard, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney
Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Brentford – 16/5
Draw – 13/5
Arsenal – 5/6