Arsenal begin their Premier League 2021/22 campaign against newly-promoted side Brentford on Friday evening, with the Gunners likely to start two of their three new signings.
Mikel Arteta could be set to hand Premier League debuts to both Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga as the Gunners travel to the Brentford Community Stadium.
Arsenal are likely to be without three first-team players for the trip to west London, with Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Eddie Nketiah all sidelined through injury.
The Gunners were strongly linked with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale ahead of their opening fixture, however football.london understands that a move for the 23-year-old is now unlikely after failing to agree a fee with the Blades.
So, what line-ups will both teams select for the season opener? And, what could the final score be?
We used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction for Brentford v Arsenal on Friday and this is what happened…
Brentford v Arsenal score predicted by FIFA 21 simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 21, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
And because FIFA 22 is yet to be released with updated kits and transfers, we used the in-game club transfer system in FIFA 21 to update Brentford and Arsenal’s squads with the latest transfers made as of August 12, 2021, but unfortunately, the kits are still from last season.
We predict that Arsenal could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
As for Brentford, we predict that the Bees could set up in a 3-5-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: Raya; Jansson, Ajer, Pinnock; Canos, Ghoddos, Norgaard, Janelt, Rico; Toney, Mbeumo.
Brentford started the game strongly, putting the Gunners under a lot of pressure in the opening 15 minutes, before Arteta’s side started to dominate possession and open the Bees’ defence up, with Emile Smith Rowe continuing to pull the strings from the number 10 role.
It was French striker Alexandre Lacazette who would open the scoring for the away side, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played in Smith Rowe behind the Brentford defence, with the young Englishman squaring the ball across the penalty box for an easy tap-in for Lacazette to put Arsenal 1-0 up after 24 minutes of play.
Arsenal continued to dominate the ball for the remainder of the first half and picked up straight where they left off after the break, Aubameyang becoming more influential as the match wore on.
The Gunners’ second goal came from a well-worked corner, as Smith Rowe played the ball short to Nicolas Pepe who dribbled his way into the penalty box, cutting it back for Aubameyang to take a touch and fire the ball across Raya and into the net to make it 2-0.
Brentford struggled for the final 30 minutes, despite introducing fresh legs in the form of new signing Frank Onyeka into midfield, the Bees’ first taste of Premier League football was a sour one.
Arsenal would sit back in the latter stages of the game as they cruised to an opening day win, along with an impressive clean sheet for new signings Lokonga and White, with the Gunners sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League after matchday one in the virtual world.
FIFA 21 predicted final score: Brentford 0-2 Arsenal
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 21 predicts that Arsenal will start the season strongly, with a solid win away from home against newly-promoted Brentford, with both Lokonga and White having great debuts too.
Brentford flew out of the blocks in the opening stages of the game, but Arsenal’s game management allowed them to soak up the pressure and take the lead midway through the first half, before killing the game off with a second goal on the hour mark as their class and quality proved too much for the Premier League new boys.
What do you think the score will be between Brentford and Arsenal on Friday evening? Let us know in the comments!
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Source by Football London