Brentford vs Arsenal: Bees secure first top-flight win in 74 years


LONDON — This is the stuff dreams are made of, as Brentford beat Arsenal 2-0 to celebrate their first-ever Premier League game with a famous win on the opening day of the 2021-22 season.

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The Bees, playing in their first top-flight game since 1947, were buzzing from start to finish and totally unsettled Premier League giants Arsenal, who never truly got going.

Sergi Canos slammed home in the first half and Christian Norgaard headed home in the second as an understrength Gunners could not cope with the tempo of the Premier League new boys and Mikel Arteta looked dejected on the sidelines.

Brentford will spend their first day as a Premier League club atop the table. How about that for a start to the new season?

Brentford vs Arsenal final score, stats, results

Final score: Brentford 2, Arsenal 0

Goals scored: Sergi Canos 22’, Christian Norgaard 73’

Shots: Brentford 8, Arsenal 22

Shots on target: Brentford 3, Arsenal 4

Corners: Brentford 2, Arsenal 5

Possession: Brentford 35, Arsenal 65

3 things we learned from Brentford vs Arsenal

1. Historic moment enjoyed universally: How can you not love Brentford? In their first top-flight game since 1947, the Bees were rampant and their fans roared them on to victory as the first-ever full capacity crowd at their new stadium was treated to an historic occasion. Canos’ fine strike to put them ahead sent the Brentford fans wild. Norgaard’s goal was celebrated wildly too. From their Moneyball approach to scouting players, strong community ties and just being very different to most clubs, they will be everyone’s favorite second team this season.

Brentford are an extremely fun addition to the Premier League and their new stadium, nestled in-between roaring motorways in west London, is a little gem. The atmosphere was electric and intimidating for opposition players, with the Bees faithful so close to the pitch. 16,479 fans sounded like 167,490. Maybe that was just because this was their first PL game or the first PL game in front of a full stadium for 18 months. Whatever the reason, it was an incredible, historic moment. What a win. What a story.

2. Sluggish Arsenal in trouble: Yes, they were missing the injured Partey and Gabriel, plus Aubameyang and Lacazette through illness and Saka could only come off the bench, but this was so lackluster from Arsenal. Arteta was not a happy man on the sidelines as his team could not match Brentford’s intensity. In the second half they improved as Smith Rowe was dangerous, Martinelli never stopped running up top and Saka made a big difference after coming on. Albert Sambi Lokonga was very steady too on his Premier League debut, but it’s clear that Arsenal’s policy of promoting young players will have plenty of growing pains. Will Arsenal keep the faith with Arteta’s long-term plan? Results, and displays, like this will not help his cause.

3. Brentford’s front two will cause problems: In the first half in particular the front two of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo caused Arsenal so many problems with their high press. Mbuemo dragged a great chance wide, hit the post and Toney whipped in some great balls and his movement was sensational. Those two will cause lots of Premier League teams problems and with Canos and Rico charging forward out wide, Brentford are a real handful. Their high-press unsettled Arsenal and although they did leave a few gaps on the counter, they were fairly well-organized too. Watch the Bees this season. It will be fun.

Man of the Match: Sergi Canos – Smashed home a beauty to make it 1-0 and never stopped running down the right flank. What a display.

Arsenal had plenty of the ball early on as Brentford worked hard and shut down the spaces, with Smith Rowe, Martinelli and Balogun struggling to find space.

Brentford had a few good chances as they grew into the game and pressed high against Arsenal. One looping effort fell onto the top of the net, then Bryan Mbeumo broke free but his shot hit the outside of the post and went wide.

New boys Brentford in dreamland

The hosts then took a deserved lead as a cross into the box caused problems and Sergi Canos picked up the loose ball and slammed home a low shot at the near post to catch out Bernd Leno and send the home fans wild.

Brentford were rampant after that opener as Mbuemo wriggled free brilliantly but dragged his shot wide when clean through.

At the other end Folarin Balogun turned and tried to get a shot away but went down as Arsenal continued to struggle to match Brentford’s intensity as Nicolas Pepe curled a shot wide from distance.

Gunners fail to fight back

In the second half Arsenal finally got their act together as Smith Rowe raced free after a lovely turn but his shot was straight at David Raya.

Smith Rowe was the Arsenal player who tried to drag them back into the game as Bukayo Saka made a big difference after he came off the bench too. Tierney’s shot was deflected wide and Martinelli almost flicked a header home as Arsenal improved.

At the other end Mbuemo hit a low shot which Bernd Leno saved as Arsenal took risks late on and poured forward. Granit Xhaka slammed a shot over and then Brentford doubled their lead.

Defensive issues remain for Arsenal

A throw in from the left was flicked on and Norgaard powered home a header from close range to send the Brentford Community Stadium bonkers.

Late on Raya denied Nicolas Pepe with a great stop as Arsenal threw everything at Brentford, but the Bees stood tall on a famous night for the Premier League newcomers.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

Lionel Messi rejects Saudi Arabia mega-offer, will sign with Inter Miami


Lionel Messi will sign with Inter Miami, opting to move to MLS this summer rather than return to Barcelona or join Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante in Saudi Arabia, according to multiple reports.

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The deal will reportedly include profit sharing with two of MLS’s biggest commercial partners, Apple and Adidas, alongside his playing contract. According to reports, it could also include an option to purchase a minority stake in the club, which is partially owned (and operated) by David Beckham, who signed a similarly unique deal when he joined MLS in 2007. Beckham’s contract gave him a $25-million option to purchase an expansion franchise, which he exercised in 2018.

Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire on June 30 and the Ligue 1 club announced earlier this month that the Argentine superstar — widely considered the greatest player of all time — will leave the club this summer.

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Perhaps Inter Miami and MLS weren’t Messi’s first-choice option this summer, as his father previously stated his son’s desire to return to Barcelona, where he famously won 21 major trophies before an unceremonious exit amid financial troubles in the summer of 2021, but those issues still linger two years later. The offer from Saudi Arabia would have reportedly paid Messi, 35, $1.6 billion over three years.

Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who previously worked with Lionel Messi at Barcelona (2013-2014) and Argentina (2014-2016), is reportedly the leading candidate to replace the recently departed Phil Neville as head coach.

Inter Miami, who currently sit bottom (15th) of MLS’s Eastern Conference with 15 points from their first 16 games, parted ways with Neville last week. In his two full seasons in charge, Neville guided the club to regular-season finishes of 11th (of 14) and 6th (of 14) in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2022.

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UEFA Champions League Final: Key battles for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Manchester City’s quest for the treble hits its final obstacle when Inter Milan goes toe-to-toe with the Premier League and FA Cup champions in Istanbul at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Pep Guardiola’s weren’t at their very best against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final and still walked away with its second trophy of the season.

But City’s final two Premier League matches saw dropped points. The stakes were non-existent and the team quite changed by Guardiola, who’s known to fancy a tactical wrinkle. How will things change this weekend?

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It would be stunning if Inter boss Simone Inzaghi came out in anything but a 3-5-2, which has been his go-to formation for Inter Milan this season regardless of opponent.

But might Inzaghi have something up his sleeve?

Inter’s only losses in the Champions League came in the group stage versus Bayern Munich. Add in their setbacks in Serie A and there’s still been no standard recipe for beating Inter. There isn’t one for Man City, either, of course.

Kevin De Bruyne vs Marcelo Brozovic

If there’s a single player capable of messing with Pep Guardiola’s plan to control the game and get the ball to his creators in dangerous spots, it’s Croatian veteran Marcelo Brozovic. The 30-year-old is a force who can both be the club’s metronome and break up the opposition’s best attacks. There are few players in the world like De Bruyne, but he needs to be found in space and City needs the ball to do that. Brozovic can be a big part of limiting both of those things.

Erling Haaland vs Francesco Acerbi

Maybe the two names need to be switched in order, because Acerbi is going to have his hands full with Haaland. The question is whether the 35-year-old Acerbi, still very good but no longer in his prime, can use his nous and vast experience to limit Haaland’s chances to do the exceptional. Haaland, meanwhile, just has to be himself. Ask yourself who’s being asked more.

Andre Onana vs Man City’s attack

Picking one player, even Haaland or De Bruyne, for this battle is unfair to the exercise because let’s be real. There is no chance that Inter Milan wins this game without a supreme moment or two from its goalkeeper. Andre Onana has played every Champions League match for Inter and has had his fair share of outstanding performances. He’s outperformed expected goals on target by 6.7 goals over the course of the tournament.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.