Arsenal player ratings vs Brentford
Arsenal player ratings vs Brentford: Kai Havertz has finally arrived! Gunners go top of the Premier League after supersub’s last-gasp winner
Mikel Arteta’s team needed a late header from the Germany international to earn a 1-0 victory in west London.
Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Brentford on Saturday, thanks to a stunning last-minute goal by Kai Havertz. The German, who has been heavily criticized since his £65 million summer move from Chelsea, headed home at the back post from Bukayo Saka’s brilliant cross to give Mikel Arteta’s team all three points in west London.
It was a significant moment for Arsenal, and it moved them ahead of both Manchester City and Liverpool in the table, after the two championship rivals played out a 1-1 stalemate earlier in the day at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal’s players from the Gtech Stadium are rated by GOAL…
Defense & Goalkeeper
Aaron Ramsdale (5 out of 10):
He had two nervous moments in the first half, the first of which he was fortunate to avoid. After the intermission, he appeared lot more assured.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (7 out of 10):
In front of White and as steady as ever. He didn’t offer the same overlapping threat as the ex-Brighton player, but he still moved forward when he could.
William Saliba (7 out of 10):
As serene as ever. On the rare occasion that the home side threatened, I dealt with the Brentford onslaught with ease.
Gabriel Magalhaes (7 out of 10):
He showed no signs of rustiness from his lengthy journey abroad. He and Saliba were hardly bothered.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (8 points):
Lovely and vibrant. Trossard should have done better with his header after sending in one wonderful ball. Late in the game, produced an amazing clearance to thwart Maupay.
Declan Rice (7 out of 10):
After Ramsdale’s early blunder, he showed excellent awareness to get back and clear the line. Another outstanding performance.
Martin Odegaard (5 out of 10):
He returned to the team after a brief break and struggled to make an impact.
Leandro Trossard (six out of ten):
At times, he appeared to be the most likely to break the deadlock. With two first-half chances, they should have done better, and one header was called off for offside.
Bukayo Saka (six out of ten):
Rarely found himself in any space, but created one moment of genuine excellence to set up Havertz’s winner.
Gabriel Jesus (5 out of 10):
When Saka picked him out in the first half, he should have scored, but his header was saved by Flekken. It’s good to have him back in the lineup after missing a month due to injury, but he’s definitely not fully recovered.
Gabriel Martinelli (5 out of 10):
At times, he appeared hesitant to truly attack his full-back. After his journey to South America over the international break, he appeared jaded.
Subs and the Manager
Eddie Nketiah (5 out of 10):
Having supplanted Jesus, he had no significant impact. I couldn’t seem to get into the game. He shot straight at the keeper with the one chance he had.
Kai Havertz (7 out of 10):
On for the final ten minutes, he scored the game-winning goal, hitting home at the back post from Saka’s cross.
In throughout injury time.
N/A: Ben White
In throughout injury time.
Mikel Arteta (7 out of 10):
He summoned Havertz, who emerged with the winner. He’ll know his team wasn’t at their best, but it was still a big three points.