After the transfer rumours regarding James Maddison and Ben White, there was one more news that stirred up conversation among Arsenal fans which is their season opener against promoted side Brentford being moved ahead to August 13th, 2021.
Brentford v Arsenal will kick off the new Premier League season having been moved for live TV coverage. Now takes place on Friday 13 August at 8pm.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) June 18, 2021
The former Championship side will play its first-ever top division game since 1948 after securing promotion by beating Swansea in the play-off final. As coronavirus cases are on a constant decline in the United Kingdom, the Bees will hope to have a jam-packed Brentford Community Stadium in their season opener against Arsenal.
Some section of the fans were apprehensive about the update, as Arsenal will now play on ‘Friday the 13th.’ The Gunners have a tough start to the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, with games against Chelsea, Manchester City, and North London rival Tottenham all coming within the first six game-weeks.
Arsenal starts the Premier League season against Brentford on Friday The 13th. Don't ever tell me someone out there don't have an issue against us pic.twitter.com/0sWOrDloao
— ARSENAL KENYA (@ArsenalInKenya) June 18, 2021
Arsenal cannot afford a repeat of last season, where they waited till the end of the transfer window to add a pivotal player in Thomas Partey to the squad. Mikel Arteta has already stated that he would want the club to finish their summer business as soon as possible. This will allow the new incomings to have plenty of time to gel up with the club’s style of play.
After a slow start, the wheels appear like they have started to move with the Gunners already bidding for Brighton and Hove Albion’s Ben White and Anderlecht’s Albert Sambi Lokonga. They are confident of wrapping both the deals this month, which is a positive sign. However, the off-season work would be far from over with those two signings.
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The club also need strengthening between the posts, at right-back, and most importantly, at attacking midfield. But, with more than two months of the transfer window remaining, Arsenal fans would hope that the club complete the moves for all of their top priorities.
Playing a promoted side on the opening match-day is always tricky, especially when it’s Brentford, who have been pretty good in the Championship for the past few seasons. Concluding their transfer business early can help Mikel Arteta in getting a good start as they play Champions League finalists Chelsea and Manchester City within the first three match-weeks.
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