Arsenal suffered a humbling 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day of the new Premier League season, but that didn’t stop the club from producing a classy gesture to Brentford chairman Cliff Crown after the game.
Arsenal’s Premier League campaign got off to the worst possible start as they were bettered by Brentford.
The newly-promoted Bees were playing in the top-flight for the first time in 74 years – with their last outing coming against Arsenal.
Their return to the top division was one to remember, with Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard scoring the goals in a 2-0 win over Mikel Arteta’s side.
The defeat worsened the pressure on Arteta, who seems to be facing an uphill task to get the club going in the right direction again.
Gunners fans were left fuming with the result, with very few staying until the final whistle to applaud their players.
But despite the defeat, Arsenal’s directors paid a classy tribute to their opposite numbers at Brentford.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday morning, Bees chairman Crown posted an image of a silver plate with the Arsenal club logo in the middle.
The plate came enscribed with a message, which read: “Presented to Brentford FC from the Directors of Arsenal FC on the occasion of their first Premier League match 13th August 2021.”
And the Gunners manager apologised to the travelling fans in his post-match press conference, saying he knows the team has to improve.
Asked for his message to fans, he said: “First of all thank them, because of the support they have given to the team from the travelling fans who were here.
“And after that apologise for the result and we know that we have to improve.
“We have two big games coming up right now and we need a different performance to get a different result.”