Brentford boss Thomas Frank has labelled Arsenal genuine Premier League title contenders following their win over his side on Sunday.
THE LOWDOWN: RETURN TO WINNING WAYS
After their unbeaten start to the Premier League season was halted by Manchester United a fortnight ago, Arsenal returned to league action on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Brentford.
Brentford defeated Arsenal on the opening day of last season and Arsenal came into the game with revenge on their mind, which they duly got. Goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira secured all three points for Mikel Arteta’s side at the Brentford Community Stadium.
The win took Arsenal back to the summit of the league ahead of the North London derby after the international break.
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Brentford boss Thomas Frank feels have a shot at the Premier League title following the Gunners’ 3-0 victory on Sunday.
“We lost 3-0, to the number one [team] in the Premier League,” Brentford boss Frank told Sky Sports after his side’s defeat.
“I said before they are a top side. I think we performed quite well, not 10/10 but if you want to win or get something out of the team flying, you cannot concede the first from a set piece and then the second one.”
“In general, unless it is something unbelievable from a set-piece, I want us to avoid every set-piece goal. There are some few bits we could have done better for the second. They didn’t create that many chances but had quality in moments.”
“We always want to play again but we have the international break, we deal with it and train with the players we have. I wish the players who are going away good luck. We lost the game, I hate losing.”
The result sees Arsenal return to the top of the league after seven rounds of matches. The Gunners will host fierce rivals Tottenham at the Emirates in their next league outing after the international break.
THE VERDICT: FOCUS
Arsenal have started the season in the best possible way and should be able to maintain the form before the World Cup in November.
It is still early days with about 31 more matches to be played in the season and there is a need for focus and consistency especially in the coming month when they will be facing key rivals like Spurs, Manchester City and the likes.