The five key quotes from Thomas Frank's pre-Arsenal press conference
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Brentford manager Thomas Frank spoke to the press ahead of the Bees' first-ever Premier League match and first in the top flight for 74 years as they host Arsenal.

The 47-year old Dane spoke about the challenges the Gunners present, the anticipation of starting a historic season in the Premier League, the club's pre-season, the role the fans could play and his own thoughts on managing in the top flight.

Frank on Arsenal

The Bees' boss knows how dangerous Arsenal can be and described the quality they have in the side as the Gunners look to improve upon consecutive eighth-place finishes.

"We need to defend well. They have some fantastic players. [Bukayo] Saka, [Nicolas] Pepe, [Emile] Smith-Rowe are all amazing players that, on the day, with one decisive action, can decide the game. 

"We need to defend massively well. Also, we need to show composure and be brave on the ball. We need to work forward, play the ball. I think that's the other factor."

On the preseason

Brentford played a strong pre-season schedule, facing the likes of Manchester United, Valencia and West Ham United and Frank knows the benefits of facing solid opposition in the lead-up to the season.

"I prioritise the highest possible opponent in the preseason. It's been good playing these games. I don't call them friendlies. I call them 'training methods' because we are training to improve different elements in our side.

"There's been some good performances. We've shown in the friendlies we can compete. I'm very aware it's a big difference playing a friendly training match and under the floodlights Friday night against a world-class club."

On the excitement around the club

As Brentford prepare for the new season ahead, the manager has seen how eager his club is to dive head-first into the Premier League and everything it presents, particularly striker Ivan Toney.

"There's a fantastic vibe around the training ground. Everyone is excited, looking forward to it. They are in a good place. Ivan (is) just very excited. Just positive. Looking forward to it."

On the fans' role

With the Bees now in the top flight, the fans will play a crucial role as the club looks to make the Brentford Community Stadium a fortress and Frank knows how important they will be.

"We are always talking about these fans (that) they can be a factor. Our fans are fantastic. They were great when we faced [AFC] Bournemouth. We need for them to have a similar impact. Fans on a full night can be an impact, definitely."

On his own feelings ahead of Premier League opener

Frank is now going to test himself against the world's best managers and he described his feelings and emotions leading up to Friday night's match.

"I was very proud, relieved and satisfied after the play-off final. Enjoyed it for a week and then the work started. I haven't really thought about the start of the Premier League since yesterday [or] today.

"They'll be a little bit of nervy, excited feelings in my stomach Friday morning. Just being too patient, doing normal planning stuff. I know it's a massive, massive game we are playing on Friday night and i'm really looking forward to it."