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Thomas Frank: It was a clear dive from Kai Havertz!

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank asserted that Kai Havertz should have been sent off before scoring late in their 2-1 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The Gunners secured their eighth consecutive Premier League victory, propelling them to the top of the standings. They are now one point ahead of Liverpool and two points above Manchester City before their clash on Sunday.

Declan Rice gave Arsenal the lead, but Brentford equalized through Yoane Wissa after a mistake by Aaron Ramsdale. Havertz then scored the late winner to lift his team into first place.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Frank expressed pride in Brentford’s performance but believed they shouldn’t have lost in the manner they did. He suggested that Havertz should have been sent off for diving over a fair challenge from Nathan Collins, especially considering he was already on a booking.

“I’m so proud of the team and the players. We’ve come here to Arsenal who have scored 100 goals in I don’t know how many games and we limited them. It was almost a defensive masterclass,” Frank gushed.

“The performance was spot on. Even more impressive if you take into account Arsenal’s form, our form, our injury situation. I actually don’t think Havertz should be on the pitch when he scored. It was a clear dive. Maybe it is difficult for the ref but the linesman should have seen it.

“We are in that spell where we need to fight so hard for things. You need things to go your way, especially things you can’t control like refereeing decisions.

“I’m a big believer that you should celebrate your wins and goals. They clearly respect us and they know we are very good and it meant a lot to them.

“The performance we take out of this is very good. We will take all of the positives and keep on fighting. I told them it was a great performance and that I’m so proud of them. If you get hit in the face then stand up and keep going.”

When speaking to the press shortly after, Frank reiterated his belief that Havertz should have had a red card.

“Havertz is a clear, clear dive. That should of course been a second yellow and a red card and then he wouldn’t have been able to score the winner,” he added.

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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