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Arsenal regains prime Premier League spot with win at Brentford

LONDON — Fabio Vieira marked his first Premier League begin with a purpose as Arsenal reclaimed prime spot within the standings with a 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday.

The Portuguese midfielder curled in Arsenal’s third purpose with a long-range effort by way of the submit within the forty ninth minute after beginning instead of the injured Martin Odegaard.

Defender William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus each scored with headers within the first half because the Gunners cruised to a snug victory in a stadium the place they misplaced 2-0 final yr within the season opener.

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta even had the luxurious of sending on 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri for the previous few minutes, making him the youngest participant ever to look in a Premier League recreation.

The win offers Arsenal 18 factors from seven video games, one level forward of Manchester Metropolis and Tottenham going into the worldwide break. The Gunners subsequent face Tottenham at dwelling within the north London derby on Oct. 1.

Brentford was coming off a 5-2 dwelling win over Leeds and likewise beat Manchester United 4-0 on the Gtech Group Stadium however barely had a sight of purpose towards a strong Arsenal defence. Striker Ivan Toney — who was given his first England call-up this week — shot over the bar from a free kick within the 53rd however was in any other case stored quiet.

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale did not have a save to make till he stopped substitute Mikkel Damsgaard’s low shot within the 71st — whereas the gang was on its ft for a minute’s applause to mark the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, whose funeral can be held Monday.

As with all Premier League video games this weekend, the queen’s loss of life was marked with a minute’s silence earlier than kickoff adopted by a rendition of the nationwide anthem.

Arsenal took the lead when Bukayo Saka swung in a nook from the suitable that was met by Saliba, whose looping header went in off the far submit.

Jesus then netted his fourth league purpose of the season within the twenty eighth by heading in an ideal supply from Granit Xhaka, who dictated play in midfield all through the sport for Arsenal.

And Vieira took away any hopes of a Brentford comeback when he collected a move from Saka and unleashed a 30-yard roller along with his left foot previous diving goalkeeper David Raya.

Saka almost netted a fourth within the 66th when he drew a one-handed save from Raya with one other long-distance effort. Raya additionally denied Jesus a second purpose within the 87th, getting down low to palm away the Brazilian’s shot from a decent angle.

Nwaneri got here on in harm time to interrupt the Premier League age file beforehand held by Harvey Elliot, who was 16 years and 30 days when he made his first look for Fulham — resulting in chants of “he is obtained faculty within the morning” from the away followers.

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