Ahead of their game against Arsenal, Brentford’s manager, Thomas Frank, has called the Gunners ‘remarkable’ as he talks up their title chances.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Thomas Frank, Manager of Brentford arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brentford FC at Selhurst Park on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: Thomas Frank, Manager of Brentford arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brentford FC at Selhurst Park on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Arsenal travel to Brentford for a 12pm kick-off on Sunday.

They will be hoping for a better result than they managed last season when they were forced to play the season opener with many of their first team sidelined with Covid.

Sky Sports needed their big match, however, and Arsenal had to play on. They paid a heavy price, as they left with nothing, in the first defeat of three that started that campaign.

Things couldn’t be more different this season.

With five straight wins before succumbing to their Old Trafford hoodoo, Mikel Arteta’s men sit atop of the Premier League and Frank believes Arsenal could challenge for the title this season.

“In spells they’ve been the best performing team over the first six games,” Frank said.

“I think they’ve been remarkable, especially the intensity.

“I’ve watched a lot of their games, but their first game, the Friday night opening game against Crystal Palace, I was thinking ‘what? This is another level’.

“For the first 20 minutes Crystal Palace didn’t touch the ball, and I thought ‘they can win the Premier League’.

“Now, after City, they are the best performing team in the league.”

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