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Morning all.

That really was edge of the seat stuff. Aaron Ramsdale will no doubt hog the headlines for the wrong reasons but, let’s be honest here, he ending up keeping us in the game with a couple of outstanding saves. The one from Ivan Toney was incredible.

Mikel Arteta made two changes to the team which thrashed Sheffield Utd, both forced as Leandro Trossard replaced the injured Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Ramsdale coming in for the illegible David Raya.

Two minutes in, Ivan Toney was back in his own box defending a corner. The theme of the game really as I lost count of how many corners we notched up throughout the entire game yet for once, none of them led to us scoring. Instead, it was a move down our right hand side which bore fruit. Ben White to Bukayo Saka, a return pass to our right-back, a cross into the box and there was Declan Rice to score Arsenal’s opener – his 6th goal of the season. Chances to extend our lead came through Kai Havertz but his shot was straight at the Brentford keeper and then after finding himself through on goal with just the keeper to beat, his little chipped shot went wide. Bukayo Saka sent a shot high over the bar and then just seconds before halftime, Aaron Ramsdale dawdled in possession and as he tried to make his pass out, Wissa got his body in the way and the ball rebounded into the net. 1-1. An absolutely awful moment for our keeper. His teammates rallied around him as he trudged off down the tunnel.

I’m sure most Arsenal fans wondered which Ramsdale would come out for the second half. A deflated man who felt sorry for himself or the player who’d performed so well for the club not that long ago. The answer was soon clear, it was the latter.

As already mentioned, Ramsdale‘s save from a Toney shot, a shot which would have caught many a keeper out, was superb. Up the other end, Gabriel came close from a corner. Ramsdale was again called into action to keep a Nathan Collins header out with another good save. Rice then hit the woodwork from distance, whilst Brentford players were falling over whenever they could.

Five minutes to go and despite all the trying, it looked like the points might be shared. Ben white and Kai Havertz had other ideas. White whipped in yet another good cross from the right and there was our tall German to head home what proved to be our winner.

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The game itself was very different to what we’ve seen over the last few months. Some of that was down to Brentford I’m sure but I didn’t think our passing and movement was as good as it has been. I think the team missed Gabriel Martinelli’s pace down the left, not that Leandro Trossard is slow mind you, it’s just Martinelli is different. What one can only admire about Arsenal is that regardless of things not going as they’d hoped, they never gave up. That crunching tackle from Reiss Nelson late in the game said it all. Arsenal didn’t resort to time wasting, feigning injury or any other underhand tactics either although Frank disagreed.

After the game he said:

I actually think, and I would never normally do this, but I think Havertz shouldn’t be on the pitch when he scored the goal For me, it was a clear dive – the penalty shout. If you see that slowly back, it’s clear. Maybe, it’s difficult for Rob the ref but the linesman should have seen it, in my opinion, clearly.

Maybe Havertz did go over a bit too easily but perhaps Frank should focus on the antics of his own players who were diving around or pushing and shoving the Arsenal players in the box during a set-piece. Did Trossard not have his shirt tugged in the box? What about Gabriel too and when Odegaard was about to unleash a left footed shot but was shoved off the ball? If Frank wants to have an opinion, at least look at the whole picture and not just what he perceived to be decisions which went against his team.

Anyway, in the end it was another three points for Mikel Arteta and his team and boy was he happy at the end.

A great performance, a great result against a very difficult opponent. We overcame a difficult moment today and I’m really pleased with the way the team reacted, individually how they understood the task. It was incredible the way the crowd reacted as well; how much they helped us again today, the energy they put in, the enthusiasm and the noise inside the stadium – I had a feeling we were going to score.

It’s impossible not to feel it. They are playing every ball, they are driving the team, they are pushing the team, they are supporting the team in a difficult moment, and it changes our world, honestly.

Now he, the players, his staff and all Arsenal fans can sit and watch the late game on Sky Sports knowing that whatever the outcome, the job Arsenal needed to do yesterday, has been done.

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