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Late Havertz Heroics Moves Arsenal to the Premier League Summit

In a pivotal clash that marked Mikel Arteta's 200th game in charge, Arsenal clinched a dramatic victory over Brentford, courtesy of substitute Kai Havertz's late heroics.

Despite a forgettable first half and VAR denying Leandro Trossard's goal, the Gunners persevered. Exceptional clearances off the line from Declan Rice and Oleksandr Zinchenko frustrated Brentford, but Arsenal's determination prevailed.

Arteta's bold team selection, welcoming back Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus from injury, initially yielded a ponderous display. Despite an uptick in tempo during the second half, Brentford's staunch defence repelled waves of attacks.

The breakthrough finally came through Bukayo Saka's moment of magic, paving the way for Havertz's decisive header at the back post.

The win, coupled with draws from title rivals (Man City and Liverpool) earlier in the day, propels Arsenal to the top of the Premier League, holding a one-point lead. Meanwhile, Brentford, despite a valiant effort, remain in 11th place after suffering their second successive defeat.

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