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Arsenal 2-1 Brentford: Free-scoring Havertz gets the Gunners over the line

In a match that Arsenal nearly paid for Ramsdale’s comic mistake, Kai Havertz late winner against Brentford shot Arteta’s side to the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal managed their eighth win on the bounce in the Premier League to keep the momentum of their title charge going. A masterclass of performance from Benjamin White as well as brilliant header goals from Declan Rice and Kai Havertz, saw Arsenal get the job done at home against Brentford in a tough contest.

While Brentford caused Arsenal a world of problems, their only goal came from an Aaron Ramsdale howler. The Englishman wasted a rare start for the Gunners late in the first half as his shot was bounced off the pressing Yoane Wissa and into the Arsenal goal.

From then on Arsenal faced a rollercoaster of emotions as they found every effort blocked by Brentford’s hardy defense or their clever time-wasting antics. however, Arteta and company finally got the win from one of their signature moves down the right flank, where Kai Havertz brilliantly finished a Benjamin White cross.

With this win against Brentford, Arsenal temporarily moves to the top of the table until tomorrow’s all-star clash between Manchester City and Liverpool decides who claims the top spot at the end of the 28th week.

Arsenal vs Brentford: How the match transpired

In the game’s opening exchanges, Arsenal came close to scoring directly from a corner. Declan Rice delivered a dangerous ball that sailed past Jakub Kiwior and Kai Havertz toward the back post. However, Ivan Toney’s knee inadvertently saved Brentford from conceding.

Toney had Brentford’s first real chance when he leaped to meet a corner, but Aaron Ramsdale, standing in for the ineligible David Raya, made a solid save. Ramsdale then initiated a counterattack by launching a long throw to Leandro Trossard, but Mads Roerslev intervened just in time to prevent a shot.

In the 19th minute, Arsenal took the lead. Following rejected penalty appeals for a foul on Martin Odegaard, Ben White crossed from the right, finding Rice, who outjumped Roerslev and headed past Mark Flekken.

Arsenal came close to scoring again when Jorginho’s clever pass found Havertz, whose shot went wide. Although the offside flag was raised, VAR would have likely overturned the decision if the move resulted in a goal.

Just before halftime, Brentford equalized in dramatic fashion. Ramsdale’s delayed clearance was blocked by Yoane Wissa, and the ball rebounded into the net.

Ramsdale redeemed himself by deflecting Ivan Toney’s long-range half-volley just after halftime.

Arsenal almost took the lead again when Gabriel Magalhaes’ header from another corner was cleared off the line by Vitaly Janelt. The hosts were frustrated when penalty appeals for fouls on Trossard and Havertz were waved away.

Ramsdale made another crucial save when he tipped Collins’ header over the bar from Ajer’s cross. Rice struck the crossbar with a long-range effort after Brentford failed to clear a corner.

With less than five minutes remaining, Arsenal broke Brentford’s resistance. White’s floated cross found Havertz, whose header proved too powerful for Flekken, securing the points for Arsenal.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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