Brentford player ratings vs Arsenal: Canos class, Mbeumo runs Gunners ragged

David Raya

Commanded his area well. Relatively little to do before the break but produced good stops to beat away Emile Smith-Rowe’s second-half effort and deny Nicolas Pepe late on. 8

Kristoffer Ajer

Impressive debut from the summer signing from Celtic. Solid at the back and comfortable in possession. Got forward well when he got the chance. Went off after taking a knock. 7

Ethan Pinnock

Completed a fairytale journey from non-league to the Premier League in six seasons and didn’t look out of place. A man mountain at the back. 8

Pontus Jansson

Captain’s performance from the Swede. Won everything in the air and kept Arsenal’s attackers at bay all night. 8

Brentford's Pontus Jansson heads the ball clear
Brentford’s Pontus Jansson heads the ball clear

Rico Henry

Was a threat going forward down Brentford’s left. Kept Pepe relatively quiet at the other end. 7

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Sergi Canos

History maker. Scored Brentford’s first goal in the Premier League after cutting inside of Calum Chambers and firing past Bernd Leno. Also defended well against Kieran Tierney. 8

Sergi Canos celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's first goal
Sergi Canos celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s first goal

Christian Norgaard

Kept the ball ticking over in the middle of the park. The Danish Euro 2020 star was in the right place to nod home Brentford’s second – his first league goal for the club. 8

Frank Onyeka

Strong debut in his first match in English football. Box to box and didn’t give Arsenal’s midfielders a chance to settle. Looped an early header over the bar. 8

Vitaly Janelt

Tireless performance in the engine room. The German was tidy on the ball and tough in the tackle. More to come. 7

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Bryan Mbeumo smashes a shot against the post
Bryan Mbeumo smashes a shot against the post

Bryan Mbeumo

Ran the Arsenal defence ragged with his pace. Crashed a shot against the post with his weaker foot. Should’ve done better with his second chance after weaving his way through. 8

Ivan Toney

Worked his socks off and defended from the front. Last season’s top scorer in the Championship didn’t have much of a sniff in front of goal but linked up well with Mbeumo. 7


Mads Bech Sorensen (for Ajer, 70)

Missed the play-off final through injury, the Dane’s long throw led to Brentford’s second goal. 7

Mads Bidstrup (for Onyeka, 80)

Highly rated by the club, his inclusion suggests he will have a big part to play this season. 6

Marcus Forss (for Mbeumo 86)

Added some fresh legs late on. The Finnish frontman didn’t have long enough to make his mark.

Source by Football London

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