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Mikel Arteta hails transformation of the Arsenal star who got fans singing his song after Brentford win

Kai has been one of the most criticized Arsenal players this season but got the fans singing his song with a match-winning performance.

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Mikel Arteta has praised the significant transformation of an Arsenal star who prompted fans at the Emirates to sing his song after a match-winning performance against Brentford FC on Saturday.

Arsenal continued their Premier League winning streak since the turn of the year, securing a hard-fought victory with a late goal from the much-criticized German international, Kai Havertz, to defeat Brentford 2-1 and claim the top spot in the Premier League table.

The Gunners demonstrated their recent fine form with a swift start to the match, with Leandro Trossard coming close to scoring within the first two minutes.

The breakthrough came when Declan Rice made a dynamic run into the box, expertly heading home Ben White’s lofted cross. Despite Arsenal’s dominance, they were stunned just before halftime.

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Under minimal pressure, Aaron Ramsdale’s clearance was intercepted by Yoane Wissa and deflected into the net, leveling the score.

The second half was tense for Arsenal, with Gabriel missing a chance and a strong penalty appeal for a foul on Leandro Trossard being dismissed.

However, the Gunners finally secured the crucial match-winner they needed when Kai Havertz headed in Ben White’s cross in the 86th minute, sparking celebrations at the Emirates and prompting excited Gunners faithful to sing a song for the former Chelsea man.

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Kai Havertz scored the match-winner for Arsenal against Brentford. (Image Credit: Getty Images)

In his post-match interview, Mikel Arteta remarked that the transformation of Kai Havertz, from a player who endured fierce criticism to one who inspired the entire stadium to sing for him, exemplifies what happens to ‘good people’.

Arteta stated, “If somebody had told me after the first two or three months that the whole stadium would be singing his song with that passion, I would have found it hard to believe. That’s what happens to good people.”

Reflecting on the challenging match against Brentford FC, Arteta expressed his satisfaction at seeing his team overcome the obstacles as they strive for the Premier League title amidst fierce competition from Liverpool and Manchester City, who face off on Sunday.

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