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Arsenal star reveals how Aaron Ramsdale ‘saved us’ despite howler against Brentford

Arsenal star has revealed how Aaron Ramsdale saved the Gunners against Brentford on Saturday despite his first half mistake

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Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table after beating Brentford 2-1 in a hard-fought victory at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. 

The match featured some unexpected twists, including Aaron Ramsdale’s rare start in goal for Arsenal due to Premier League regulations preventing first-choice keeper David Raya, on loan from Brentford, from facing his parent club.

Ramsdale’s performance was a rollercoaster, marked by both highs and lows, including an unfortunate mistake that gifted Brentford an equalising goal just before halftime. As the teams regrouped for the second half with the score tied at 1-1, the Arsenal players convened in a huddle, and William Saliba later revealed the motivating theme of their halftime team talk. The inspirational words likely played a role in Ramsdale’s remarkable performance in the second half, where he made crucial saves.

The decisive moment came in the 86th minute when Kai Havertz netted the winning goal to send Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table since Christmas. 

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Speaking to BeIN Sports after the game, Saliba disclosed the team’s halftime strategy, emphasising the importance of turning the game around in the second half.

“We said we have to come out in the second half to win. Everyone has made mistakes, in the last month I made two mistakes and my team saved me… so the second half is the reverse because they had three good chances and he saved us, so that’s a good mentality from the team,” shared Saliba.

Despite Ramsdale’s early error, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta came to his defence, acknowledging the inevitability of errors in football, particularly for goalkeepers. Arteta praised Ramsdale’s exceptional response and highlighted the goalkeeper’s improved performance in the second half, where he made two crucial saves against Ivan Toney and Nathan Collins.

“Errors are part of football. It’s how you react to it, especially for the keepers, which is probably the most difficult position. He did so in an amazing way,” commented Arteta. “I’m not surprised because the whole team and the whole stadium were behind him. He has earned that respect and admiration. We really wanted to win for him.”

With this crucial victory, Arsenal now stands one point ahead of Liverpool and two points ahead of Manchester City with the two sides facing each other at Anfield on Sunday.

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