They left it late, however all that issues for Mikel Arteta is Arsenal are high of the desk for the primary time this season. Above Manchester Metropolis. Above Liverpool. Above Tottenham. Above all of them.It was Kai Havertz who changed into their tremendous substitute. Amid the controversy surrounding the place he needs to be utilized by Arteta, the again put up appeared pretty much as good a spot as any when he headed house their winner.It was within the 89th minute when Havertz struck to safe victory on Arteta’s two hundredth match in cost, full with a clear sheet for Aaron Ramsdale on his return to the staff in David Raya’s absence. At occasions it was uncomfortable to look at Ramsdale, like we have been all witnessing a goalkeeper with the yips as he dedicated primary errors. You’ll be able to solely hope the securing of a clear sheet will give him confidence for his subsequent look, each time which may be.It took lower than a minute for Brentford’s supporters to taunt Ramsdale. ‘S*** David Raya,’ they sang at Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper. ‘You’re only a s*** David Raya.’ Kai Havertz scored an 89th minute winner to defeat Brentford 1-0 on Saturday night time The objective sends Arsenal high of the Premier League desk, leapfrogging Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool after their 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday Brentford stored Arsenal quiet for a lot of the match and nearly got here shut within the first half, with Declan Rice clearing off the goaline after a mistake from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale
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Raya was ineligible for this sport in opposition to his mum or dad membership, which means Ramsdale was handed his first Premier League begin in practically three months. The 25-year-old Englishman was shaky from the beginning and, contemplating he’s from Stoke-on-Trent, we can’t blame that fully on his doubtful determination to put on brief sleeves on such a wintry night.Ramsdale was anticipated to cross out from the again as if he had by no means been away from the Arsenal line-up. But within the thirteenth minute, this prompted chaos. A goal-kick taken brief left Ramsdale in possession, all too conscious that Brentford’s Yoane Wissa was sprinting to shut him down.Ramsdale panicked as Wissa gained the ball earlier than teeing up Bryan Mbeumo. Brentford thought the striker who has been magnificent in filling in for the banned Ivan Toney had a present of a objective. However the instinctive Declan Rice retreated to the road to cease Mbeumo from opening the scoring.From then on, each time Ramsdale had the ball at his toes, Brentford’s supporters piled on the stress. Raya tried his finest to stay expressionless, figuring out the Sky Sports activities cameras have been on him as he watched from the bench.As is the Brentford approach when dealing with one of many Premier League’s large groups, Thomas Frank fielded a again three. Ethan Pinnock has arguably been their finest participant this season on the coronary heart of their defence and Arsenal discovered Brentford troublesome to interrupt down all through.The guests had a number of probabilities right here and there. Within the twenty fifth minute, Leandro Trossard ought to have executed higher when Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross discovered him unmarked. Within the thirtieth, Gabriel Jesus tried a flip by the six-yard field. On one other day, the Brazilian might need scored. On today, Pinnock was there to make the block as he shadowed Jesus.Then, all of it went improper for Ramsdale once more. He tried to throw the ball upfield, however one way or the other threw it down into the bottom as an alternative. With two bloopers to his identify, you bought the sense that the Arsenal goalkeeper’s confidence was shot.The one saving grace was it remained goalless and within the forty first minute, Arsenal have been celebrating taking the lead. Bukayo Saka had been quiet by his requirements however his cross led to a Jesus header which Mark Flekken palmed upward. Trossard rushed to move house because it dropped down.‘We’re high of the league,’ sang the visiting supporters, not realising VAR Michael Salisbury was primed to spoil their get together from Stockley Park. One line was drawn to the goalscorer’s foot and one other to the ball. Trossard was forward of it and subsequently offside. However Havertz sealed the win after questions had been raised over the quantity of objectives he has scored this season for Arsenal, heading in previous Mark Flekken Brentford too had probabilities through the match, with Ivan Toney coming shut within the first half Arsenal may have gone a objective up simply earlier than half time after Leandro Trossard had a objective disallowed for offside But it surely was a hard-fought win for the Gunners who are actually undefeated of their final two matches throughout all competitions It was additionally Mikel Arteta’s two hundredth match because the Arsenal supervisor, with the Spaniard having claimed extra wins than Arsene Wenger in his first 200 video games within the place Thomas Frank’s aspect, in the meantime, suffered their second consecutive loss however face Luton subsequent weekend MATCH FACTS Brentford (5-3-2): Flekken, Ajer, Mee, Pinnock, Janelt, Onyeka (Lewis-Potter 90+1′), Norgaard, Yarmolyuk (Baptiste 72′), Mbeumo, Ghoddos (Zanka 90′), Wissa (Maupay 72′).Subs: Goode, Jorgensen, Strakosha, Peart-Harris, Olakigbe, Brierley.Bookings: Ajer 45+1’Supervisor: Thomas Frank Arsenal (5-3-3): Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Saka (White 90+3), Rice, Odegaard (Jorginho 90+3), Gabriel Jesus (Nketiah 56′), Trossard, Martinelli (Havertz 79′).Subs: Kiwior, Cedric, Nelson, Elneny, Hein.Objectives: Havertz 89′ Bookings: Martinelli 56’Supervisor: Mikel Arteta Referee: Tim Robinson Attendance: 17,250 Because the half-time whistle was blown, Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana rushed on to greet Ramsdale, providing his reassurances. A major 45 minutes was developing if the guests needed to leap over Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis.Brentford have been unbeaten of their final 14 London derbies within the Premier League. In fact, Arsenal not often seemed like scoring within the second half and it was noticeable that Ramsdale routinely reverted to taking part in lengthy passes relatively than danger tiki-taka in his personal field.Within the 77th minute, Brentford hoped that they had scored when Neal Maupay’s header was certain for the underside nook, just for one more goal-line clearance to thwart them. This time it was Zinchenko who slid to verify it stayed 0-0.It didn’t keep that scoreline for lengthy, nonetheless. Within the 89th minute, there was a sucker-punch from Arsenal. Saka crossed to the again put up the place Havertz was completely positioned to move house the winner. Fairly the substitution from Arteta, as his staff took excessive of the desk. IT’S ALL KICKING OFF! 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