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Havertz win it for Arsenal in final minutes

In a tightly contested London derby, Arsenal emerged as the new leaders of the Premier League, overcoming Brentford with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium. Despite not replicating their recent high-scoring wins, the Gunners showed resilience and tactical acumen to secure crucial points, propelling them to the summit with 64 points, ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City.

Goalkeeping Drama and Early Arsenal Dominance

The match featured a notable lineup change for Arsenal, with Aaron Ramsdale starting in goal due to contractual stipulations preventing David Raya from facing his former club. Arsenal's lineup also included regular starters Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz, and Declan Rice, indicating Mikel Arteta's intent to maintain their winning momentum.

Arsenal's attacking prowess was on display early, breaking the deadlock within twenty minutes. A precise cross from Ben White found Declan Rice, who headed home impeccably to give the Gunners a deserved lead. Arsenal continued to press, with Havertz and Martin Ødegaard coming close to extending the lead, only to be denied by Brentford's goalkeeper, Mark Flekken.

Brentford's equalizer

Just when Arsenal seemed poised to maintain their lead into halftime, Brentford struck back. A lapse in concentration from Ramsdale allowed Yoane Wissa to block his clearance, with the ball astonishingly finding its way into the net, leveling the score at 1-1 and stunning the Arsenal contingent.

Arsenal's search for redemption

The second half saw a determined Arsenal seeking to restore their advantage. Saka and Havertz tested Brentford's defense, while Ramsdale redeemed himself with crucial saves against Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney, keeping Arsenal in the game. The match's intensity escalated with Havertz involved in a controversial moment, falling in the penalty area without contact. Brentford players clamored for a second yellow card, but the referee waved play on.

Havertz's late heroics

As the match neared its conclusion, Arsenal intensified their efforts. Rice hit the post with a powerful shot, and Arteta introduced Gabriel Jesus to inject fresh energy. The substitution paid dividends when White delivered a cross into the box, finding Havertz, who headed home the decisive goal despite Flekken's touch, making it 2-1.

Holding on for a win

In a tense finale, Arsenal withstood seven minutes of added time, surviving a penalty shout for a foul on Gabriel. The Gunners held firm to secure the win, turning their attention to the pivotal Liverpool-Manchester City clash.

Arsenal's victory over Brentford not only cements their position at the top but also underscores their title credentials as they await the outcome of their rivals' showdown. The Gunners' blend of determination and skill keeps their Premier League aspirations burning brightly as the season progresses.

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