Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Brentford, thanks to Fabio Vieira’s first goal for the club.
Vieira, who was making his Premier League debut in place of the injured Martin Odegaard, rifled a stunning effort off the post from 25 yards out (49) to cap a commanding victory for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Earlier, William Saliba had opened the scoring with a flicked near-post header from Bukayo Saka’s corner (17), before Gabriel Jesus doubled Arsenal’s lead 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 2-0 defeat on the opening day of last season, but they were completely dominant on this occasion.
The victory underlines their recent improvement and moved them a point clear of Manchester City and Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table.
In stoppage time, Arsenal made Premier League history by sending on academy player Ethan Nwaneri, who turned 15 in March, to become the competition’s youngest-ever player.