Kai Havertz made his scoring debut yesterday evening. Yes, I know he scored from the spot a few weeks ago but this was from open play, a header and Arsenal’s winner. Take that Brentford fans, the constant jeering and mickey taking of Aaron Ramsdale came back to bite them on the backside.
Talking of our English keeper, he made a couple of bloopers, one of which Declan Rice rescued.. I think Ramsdale is a confidence player who is at his best when he’s playing each week. Dipping in and out of matches does a keeper little good in my opinion and the sad thing is, Ramsdale is quite likely to be back on the bench in midweek for our Champions League fixture. Yet in his place will be a keeper who also makes mistakes. How this pans out long term I’ve no idea but as fans, all we can do is live in the moment and hope that whoever plays in this Arsenal team does really well.
The lunchtime fixture between Manchester City and Liverpool ended in a draw which was the best result for the other clubs in and around the top four, including Arsenal. Newcastle Utd battered Chelsea in the afternoon whereas Mikel Arteta’s men found it hard to break down an organised Brentford defence. Just before half-time though, Leandro Trossard had the ball in the net. A cross from Bukayo Saka, a header from Gabriel Jesus header which Mark Flekken could only palm into the air and as the ball dropped, Trossard headed home. Celebrations were cut short as VAR ruled the Belgian offside in the buildup.
Brentford came very close to taking the lead half way through the second half. Neal Maupay’s header was on target and before Ramsdale could even think about saving it, Zinchenko cleared. Brilliant defending. Then came the Arsenal winner with 89 minutes on the clock. Again it was Saka with the cross and as it floated towards the back post, almost past the back post, Havertz beat everyone to the ball to head home the winner. A really good goal, the perfect time to score it and a great way to silence the home fans. What’s funny though is Arsenal’s Adrian Clarke said before the game that high crosses into the box would be easy for Brentford to deal with yet it’s exactly that which was their undoing.
Were Arsenal at their best? I don’t think so but when up against a tough and organised defensive, it’s hard to break them down. But for a toenail, the win would have been slightly more comfortable perhaps because Brentford would have searched harder for an equaliser, potentially leaving them more open at the back. We’ll never know of course and it doesn’t really matter now because three points are in the bag.
I watched match of the day this morning and lost count of the number of free kicks awarded for a push or a shove. Some of them were even considered worthy of a yellow card yet still people wonder why Mikel Arteta was so angry after the Newcastle game. He should find out this week what his punishment is for his truths spoken after that game. A fine, a touch line ban, maybe both but I think we can assume it’ll be the hardest punishment possible because it’s Arteta and because it’s Arsenal. I’m sure Albert Stuivenberg will do just fine if he’s needed. He’ll be less animated than his manager that’s for sure…
Champions League up next and a chance to cement our place in the next round.
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