Brentford 0-3 Arsenal: Fabio Vieira scores first Gunners goal as Mikel Arteta’s side go top again

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League as Fabio Vieira’s first goal for the club helped secure a 3-0 win over Brentford.

Vieira, making his first Premier League start in the absence of the injured Martin Odegaard, rifled a stunning effort in off the post from 25 yards out (49) to cap a commanding victory for Mikel Arteta’s men.

Earlier, the impressive William Saliba had opened the scoring with a flicked, near-post header from Bukayo Saka’s corner (17), before Gabriel Jesus doubled Arsenal’s advantage with a similarly well-taken header from Granit Xhaka’s diagonal centre (28).

The Gunners’ last visit to the Gtech Community Stadium ended in a dismal 2-0 defeat on the opening day of last season but on this occasion they were totally dominant, the victory underlining their recent improvement and sending them a point clear of Manchester City and Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal even had time to make Premier League history in stoppage time as Arteta sent on academy player Ethan Nwaneri, who only turned 15 in March, to become the youngest-ever player to feature in the competition.

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