Kai Havertz propelled Arsenal to the summit of the Premier League with a dramatic last-minute goal, securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Brentford on Saturday.
Havertz, a Champions League final hero for Chelsea in 2021, showcased his worth to Arsenal as he headed home in the closing minutes. This pivotal goal, Havertz’s second for Arsenal, ended his goal drought of ten appearances and pushed Arsenal one point clear of second-placed Manchester City, who had earlier drawn 1-1 with third-placed Liverpool.
Arsenal’s triumph marked their third consecutive win in all competitions, erasing the bitter memory of their controversial VAR-affected defeat at Newcastle earlier in November. Despite facing a resilient Brentford side, Arsenal demonstrated resilience, having previously won at the Gtech Community Stadium in the League Cup in September.
On-loan Arsenal keeper David Raya couldn’t play against his parent club, so Aaron Ramsdale made his first league start since September 3. Ramsdale, recently criticized by his father for Arteta’s goalkeeping decisions, faced early challenges, including a near mistake that almost gifted Brentford the lead.
After surviving Brentford’s early pressure, Arsenal gradually found their rhythm. A disallowed goal due to offside added to Arteta’s frustrations with VAR. However, the crucial moment arrived in the 89th minute when Havertz, coming off the bench, met Bukayo Saka’s cross with a precise header past Mark Flekken.
The victory highlighted Arsenal’s determination and marked a significant moment for Havertz, offering a glimpse of the player Arsenal invested £65 million in during the close season. Arteta celebrated on the touchline as Arsenal secured a hard-fought win, solidifying their position at the top of the Premier League.