The Brentford vs Arsenal live stream will end 83 days of torture for EPL fans as the Premier League returns after its summer break. Sure, we had all the fun of Euro 2020, the Gold Cup, the Copa America and the Olympics to keep us busy, but we're still itching to get back into EPL action.
The first game takes place today (Friday, August 13), and it's an intriguing one: Arsenal, long a powerhouse of the English game but struggling recently, take on newly promoted Brentford, making their debut in the top tier.
Brentford are one of the favorites for relegation, but the team have been busy in the pre-season, signing four players including most recently the DR Congo forward Yoane Wissa from French side Lorient. He's on the bench for today's match, but fellow new boys Frank Onyeka and Kristoffer Ajer — formerly of Celtic — both go straight in. Ivan Toney, who scored 33 times last year, was a doubt through injury, but he starts; Arsenal will need to watch him closely.
That said, Arsenal's squad is still in a different class. Their chief summer signing was England defender Ben White for a massive £50m, but fellow new arrival Albert Lokonga also starts. Granit Xhaka provides class in midfield, too, but with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both ruled out through injury, the Gunners will be hoping England Under-20 striker Folarin Balogun can provide the goals up front.
Here are the full line-ups:
Brentford: Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Norgaard, Canos, Onyeka, Toney, Jansson, Mbuemo, Ajer, Janelt.
Arsenal: Leno, Tierney, White, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Chambers, Mari, Lokonga, Balogun, Xhaka, Martinelli.
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How to watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream wherever you are
The Brentford vs Arsenal live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?
The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.
Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.
Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to NBC, Peacock or another service and watch the game.
How to watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream in the US
To access the action, you'll need to subscribe to one of two special passes. The Matchday Pass costs $39.99 and will show 140 live matches, while the more comprehensive Premier League Pass is $64.99. This will include all 380 matches on-demand, and totally ad-free. Plus, you get highlights and analysis packages, including some from Sky Sports in the U.K.
If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, you have plenty of options, too. Our pick of these would be Sling TV: the Sling Blue package costs just $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including NBCSN. Plus, right now Sling is offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10.
Fubo.TV is another option. This costs $65 per month but gives you more than 117 channels, including NBCSN, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy.
If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN.
Sling TV offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including NBC and NBCSN. Sling is currently offering $25 dollars off the first month.
If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including NBC and NBCSN.
How to watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream in Canada
Canadians can watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream on DAZN.
What's more, DAZN offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period, with the service then costing $20 CAD per month thereafter, or $150 CAD for the year. DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.
Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN to trick their streaming device to thinking it's back in the great white north.
How to watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream in the UK
Sky Sports has the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream in the U.K., so if you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £25/month to add those channels. Or, if you just want the soccer action, Sky is currently offering a deal on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Premier League that gives you both channels on top of your existing non-Sports package, for £18/month.
Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.
If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.99 or month-long access for £33.99 but once again, Sky is currently offering a great deal here: you can sign up for six months of access for just £25/month right now. Now Sports is available on virtually every streaming device out there and is a great option if you don't already have Sky.
All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream in Australia
Aussies can watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream on Optus Sport, which has the rights to all 380 Premier League games this season. Optus can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV — plus it costs a very reasonable $14.99 AUD per month. An Annual Pass is also available for $139 AUD/year, but a current offer knocks that back to a bargain $99 AUD.
Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Optus account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream in New Zealand
Kiwis can access the Brentford vs Arsenal live stream via Spark Sport, which costs $24.99 NZD per month. Bear in mind, though, that there's currently a seven-day free trial so you can check it out for the start of the season and see how you like it.
Spark is available via web browsers plus loads of streaming devices including Chromecast and Apple TV, so there's no shortage of ways to watch it.
Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
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