Access All Areas of Arsenal's 1-0 Win at Brentford

After Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Brentford, supporters can now get exclusive access to the highlights and analysis of the game.



Access All Areas of our 1-0 win at Brentford

After Saturday’s 1-0 win at Brentford, supporters can now Access All Areas of the big win in west London.

Kai Havertz headed in an 89th minute winner at the Gtech Community Stadium as we returned to the top of the Premier League.

Press play on the video above to enjoy all of the build-up and match action from a fresh perspective.



Adrian Clarke has rewatched the encounter and delved into the stats to find out how Arsenal conquered Brentford.

Attack versus defence

Brentford are an excellent side who were unbeaten in their previous 14 London derbies, but their chosen tactic against us was to put all 11 players behind the ball, protecting their 18-yard box.

This ploy gave us complete control, but gaps were hard to find against such a well-drilled outfit that didn’t want to take risks.

Their narrow and compact defensive 5-3-2 shape can be seen below, and this was a consistent pattern.

Patience was required to break down that type of stubborn rearguard action, and with central areas blocked off, many of our best opportunities came after switches of play that dragged Bees defenders apart.

In the build-up to our winning goal in the 89th minute, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Declan Rice moved the ball quickly from left to right, shifting Thomas Frank’s men horizontally.

This created space for Bukayo Saka to cross, and for Kai Havertz to get in between defenders and convert.

Brilliant backing up

Successful sides always contain players who are willing to go the extra mile to cover their teammates, and this was evident at the Gtech Community Stadium.

A pair of outstanding goal line clearances from two of our best performers on the evening, Rice and Zinchenko, helped ensure we kept a division-high sixth clean sheet of the campaign.

As soon as it looked like Aaron Ramsdale would be caught in possession our record signing showed fabulous anticipation to sprint back onto the goal line. From there he saved a certain goal by blocking Bryan Mbeumo's shot.

In the second half Zinchenko was guilty himself of losing possession in a bad area, but his immediate response was to help make amends for that mistake.

Saka made the 3v2s count

It was far from easy to create overloads against a side that defended as deep as Brentford, but on the rare occasions this happened, Arsenal created quality chances.

Our disallowed goal just before half time came from a brilliant, lofted pass from Saka to Gabriel Jesus, who was part of a trio that outnumbered the Bees in that section of the penalty box.

This 3v2 afforded Jesus the room to run between markers.

It was a very similar story for our winning goal in the 89th minute.

For the second time in this encounter Saka’s accuracy allowed us to take advantage of a rare overload inside the danger zone.

As shown here, Havertz was part of another far post 3v2 but this time the goal stood.

In decisive moments Bukayo Saka can always be relied upon to deliver quality service.

He made five key passes overall, but it was this pinpoint far post ball that helped Arsenal secure a key victory which took them to the top of the Premier League table.


Havertz shows his worth

When Arsenal signed Kai Havertz in the summer, there were high expectations for the German's aerial ability.

Making untracked runs from deep, his height, movement, and aerial prowess make him an obvious target – and it was wonderful to see that move pay off in west London.

Havertz has won 23 aerial duels this season, just one behind Gabriel who heads the Arsenal rankings in this department.

Yet this was only his third headed attempt at goal.

The key now is to get him onto the end of far more crosses in the weeks and months to come.

When opponents sit off deep and play as defensively as Brentford did in this match, Havertz has the perfect profile to offer Arsenal something different.

Allowing them to cross with more confidence, his ability in the air should make the difference on many more occasions.