Arsenal were held to a frustrating 1-1 against Brentford in the Premier League this afternoon.
The Gunners dominated possession throughout the game, but we couldn’t do much with it. Brentford had the better chances but they wasted most of them.
Arsenal eventually took the lead through Leandro Trossard, but Ivan Toney cancelled that out a few minutes later. Martin Keown thinks Aaron Ramsdale is to blame for that.
Martin Keown blames Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale for Brentford’s goal
Even though Arsenal weren’t great, Trossard’s goal in the 66th minute made us believe we’d get away with it.
The Belgian received the ball from across the box from Bukayo Saka and he made an incredibly difficult finish look extremely easy in the end.
All we had to do was hold on and manage the game, but a mistake by Aaron Ramsdale, where he rushed in to stop a cross, allowed Toney to nod the ball into the back of an empty net.
Keown had his say on Brentford’s leveller on BBC Sport.
He said: “Credit to Brentford. Many looks at VAR, it looked to me like it was offside but in the end they did give it.
“Ramsale in the build-up was drawn away out of the box and he comes rushing out. Empty goal and it was a tap in for Toney.
“It’s a game that could go either way now at 1-1. Brentford had many chances to score in this game and Arsenal have found it difficult to break down a well-organised defence for Brentford.”
The Insider’s View:
Ramsdale will surely look back at that and kick himself.
The Englishman has been incredible for us since he joined Arsenal at the start of last season, but this was an avoidable mistake, and we’re sure he’ll be disappointed.
However, it’s a bit harsh to blame Ramsdale for the result. Arsenal just weren’t able to penetrate Brentford’s defence apart from the time when Trossard scored. The Bees were excellent and deserved to take something away from the game – probably even the win.
Ramsdale and Arsenal have no time to sulk now. We’ve to pick ourselves up and go again. Up next, it’s Manchester City.