What Mikel Arteta did after major Aaron Ramsdale error saved by Kai Havertz bullet header

Mikel Arteta’s reaction to Aaron Ramsdale’s dramatic performance against Brentford was amongst the moments missed from the clash between Arsenal and the Bees.

Mikel Arteta reacts to Aaron Ramsdale mistake in Arsenal's Premier League clash with Brentford.

Kai Havertz was the hero of the day with his late header sending Arsenal to the top of the table. But it was a match filled with drama, angst and jubilation as well as some tasty narrative too.

Declan Rice opened the scoring after a brilliant Ben White cross found the midfielder for a glancing header before an Aaron Ramsdale mistake gifted the visitors an equaliser.

The game was shown on Sky Sports, however football.london were in attendance to provide some glimpses of what the cameras missed. From Ben White’s antics with Ivan Toney to Mikel Arteta’s reactions to Aaron Ramsdale throughout the game, we have it all.

Ben White screamer

It was certainly not by accident that Benjamin White struck that left-footed shot against Sheffield United in the previous game. The England international was given the ball by Kai Havertz inside the box before lashing his strike with his left boot into the side netting.

Before the game with Brentford kicked off, the Arsenal players were running through a number of their drills. One of which is an exercise with the attacking players playing passes between one another before taking an effort on goal unchallenged, a familiarisation strategy it seems.

It seemed however that White’s strike against the Blades had earned him the chance of a shot in the drill and just like away from home, the full-back opted for a left-footed strike which, as if by magic, found the exact same spot once again – what a finish!

Mikel Arteta reacts to Ramsdale errors

Within the first 10 minutes of the game, Aaron Ramsdale had kicked the ball back to the Brentford keeper and out of play for a goal kick. David Raya has been hailed for his distribution and his decision-making when in possession of the ball in his own box.

The first, which sailed straight into Flekken’s grateful gloves, Arteta turned immediately to give a glance toward his bench and nothing back to Ramsdale. There were passes on as the long ball looked to find a runner that didn’t materialise.

The second seemed to aim for Bukayo Saka’s run but again the ball was overhit. Arteta looked frustrated and again turned to his bench before this time turning back to his keeper and clapping him for some encouragement.

Moments later, however, Ramsdale launched the ball brilliantly to Trossard who ran through on goal but this would sadly be forgotten due to what was to come. With seconds to spare before the half-time whistle he pondered on the ball and in an attempt to clear it, Wissa was able to deflect the ball into the Gunners’ net.

Looking over to Arteta and he was infuriated. It had been a theme of the game that Ramsdale continued to go long where you would assume Raya instead would play short as the manager has desired.

Arteta was full of energy when Ramsdale’s blushes were saved by the late Havertz header. That Spaniard knows how to celebrate.

Both Ben White and Ivan Toney are certainly big personalities on the field when Arsenal and Brentford meet. The striker’s narrative was written well ahead of kick off with the links emerging for several months ahead of the summer transfer window.

However, a moment after the opening goal saw Toney seemed to lash out somewhat at White during a duel. The pair exchanged some words and then seconds later the ball was played out to the Arsenal full-back again and Toney made a conscious effort to dart toward him. White bided his time and allowed him to come right up to him before casually returning the ball to William Saliba at the last moment.

Several moments later and Saliba floored Toney to the delight of the home crowd. At the end, it was ‘Waka Waka’ with everyone getting involved

 

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*