|History! At 15years 103 days, Ethan Nwaneri becomes the youngest ever premier league player after he made his debut in Arsenal's 3-0 win away at Brentford. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Arsenal eased past Brentford in commanding fashion at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday to return to the top of the log after City and Spurs temporarily usurped them on Saturday with respective wins.
Thomas Partey returned to the Arsenal starting line up after a three-game hiatus with injury but Martin Odegaard and Alex Zinchenko missed out with ankle and knee injuries respectively. William Saliba was a doubt for the game but the French center back shrugged off niggling foot problem to be available.
In fact, it was Saliba that opened scoring with a fine header that needed goal line technology for confirmation after jumping higher than anyone else to power Arsenal in front off a Bukayo Saka corner kick from the right.
Brentford beat Arsenal on the opening day of last season, the first of three bad results that sent Arsenal into chaos but the Gunners bounced back to mix it within the top four until the very end of the season and that solitary result placed the Bees in a good light to compete against Arsenal on Sunday.
After the procession of a minute silence and wreath laying by both managers, Thomas Frank was full of energy and he was getting the crowd to get into the mood from the blast of the whistle, his team was the second best.
Arsenal made it two through Gabriel Jesus; the former City striker headed home brilliantly from a cross of outrageous quality from Granit Xhaka. Arsenal dominated the entire first half with Brentford struggling to get out of their own half.
The second half wasn’t different; Arsenal dominated and capped their performance with a sensational third from a debutant, Fabio Vieira. The Portuguese came in for the injured Odegaard and his long-range shot beat David Raya and sailed in off the woodwork.
Arsenal had enough allowance to hand fifteen-year-old Ethan Nwanneri his debut, making him the youngest ever player to step on a premier league pitch.
Arsenal stay top heading into the international break and will return on the 1st of October to entertain Tottenham in the first North London Derby of the season.