Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League after a 1-0 victory over Brentford thanks to Kai Havertz’s 89th-minute strike.
Despite playing only 10 minutes, the German had a significant influence on a night when the home players tried everything they could to stop Mikel Arteta in his 200th game in charge.
Arsenal dominated for many stretches of the game but lacked a ruthless sequence of play in the closing third. Declan Rice saved his custodian, Aaron Ramsdale, from shame with a goalline clearing in the first half. Oleksandr Zinchenko also made a timely intervention on the line to keep Ramsdale clean.
Prior to taking the lead, the Gunners had a goal called out for offside, but they did not produce many clear-cut chances. That is, until Bukayo Saka floated a lovely cross to the far post, where Havertz headed home.
It’s their 17th undefeated game in London derbies, and they’ve also maintained more clean sheets this season than any other team in the league.
Thomas Frank’s hosts never challenged Arsenal and struggled to keep possession of the ball as Arteta’s men dominated. The Bees are currently 11th in the league and have already lost two straight league games for the second time this season.
Looking forward, Arsenal prepares for a Champions League match against Lens at home before hosting Wolves the following weekend. Brentford will want to snap their losing skid when they face Luton Town.
A huge result for Arteta on a landmark occasion