Arsenal were a ‘good kick’ for Brentford last season but now Thomas Frank says Mikel Arteta have turned the Gunners into title contenders alongside Manchester City and calls them a ‘remarkable’ side.


Thomas Frank believes Arsenal are in contention for the title this season after seeing their “remarkable” performances so far.

The Brentford manager saw the Gunners at one of their lowest points when his side were promoted last season, handing Mikel Arteta’s side a 2-0 defeat on the opening day of the country.

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Arsenal have won their first five opening Premier League games

And Frank thinks they look a million miles better than they did when they first played them last season

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And Frank thinks they look a million miles better than they did when they first played them last season

“Good kick with the boys,” Bees striker Ivan Toney wrote after his side’s first-ever Premier League game.

But fast forward to just over a year before the same game this weekend and Frank believes Arteta has completely transformed the Gunners.

Arsenal topped the table having won five out of six Premier League games before Manchester City beat Wolves 3-0 to overtake them on Saturday afternoon.

However, if the Gunners beat the Bees on Sunday they would reclaim top spot – and that’s where Frank expects them to be at the end of the season.

“In spells they were the better performing team in the first six games,” said the Dane.

“I think they were remarkable, especially the intensity. I watched a lot of their games, but their first game, the Friday night opener against Crystal Palace, I was like ‘what? It’s another level”.


Frank thinks only Manchester City could stand in the way of the Gunners

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Frank thinks only Manchester City could stand in the way of the Gunners

“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 most successful team in the league.”

Arsenal had one of their worst starts to the season last term and also suffered drama off the pitch, controversially banishing then-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But the Gunners then narrowly missed out on top four and Champions League football last season, finishing fifth.

Jesus has been on fire since arriving at the Emirates, solving problems for the Arsenal striker

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Jesus has been on fire since arriving at the Emirates, solving problems for the Arsenal striker

The summer has seen them drop players like striker Alexandre Lacazette and sign stars like Premier League champions Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

And Frank believes the Gunners have succeeded in their rebuilding strategy, developing homegrown players and attracting new talent.

“Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff have proven they have done well. And the board behind him, they are consistent in the way they work.

“They are building a young team that is very exciting and has key players in good positions. So he did a great job.

Aubameyang was one of the players to leave Arsenal last season in Arteta's bid to rebuild his squad

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Aubameyang was one of the players to leave Arsenal last season in Arteta’s bid to rebuild his squad

“He completed the transition from the old manager, he created his own culture, and he got rid of some players and brought his own.”

Brentford’s win over the Gunners last season was documented on Amazon’s ‘Arsenal: All or Nothing’ docuseries, which has followed the north London side through their 2021/22 campaign.

And the series revealed that Arteta used Toney’s tweet to motivate his players ahead of the reverse game which saw Arsenal beat Brentford 2-1.

However, Frank says his admiration for his fellow manager wasn’t influenced by anything he saw in All or Nothing, but rather how he saw Arteta transform his team on the pitch.

Arteta featured Toney's tweet on a screen in the locker room to motivate his players in the Amazon documentary Arsenal: All or Nothing

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Arteta featured Toney’s tweet on a screen in the locker room to motivate his players in the Amazon documentary Arsenal: All or Nothing

“I look at a team, is it good or bad, is it structured, does it play with intensity and personality – and I see it 100%.

“I can see Arteta in this team, from my view of him as a person, I see him in the team.

“And that’s how I judge it, instead of some snippets of an Amazon episode, and I think that’s the greatest praise from one coach to another coach, when you watch and say ‘you know what? They look good’.”

talkSPORT will provide exclusive live coverage of Brentford v Arsenal from 12pm on Sunday, with commentary from Sam Matterface and former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder Andy Townsend.



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