Arsenal’s Kai Havertz should have been sent off for ‘clear dive’ – Thomas Frank


Brentford head coach Thomas Frank believes Arsenal’s match-winner Kai Havertz should have been sent-off for a second yellow card, before scoring the winning goal in Saturday’s Premier League encounter between the sides.

Havertz, 24, headed the decisive goal for Mikel Arteta’s side in the 86th minute of the clash at the Emirates, finding the net following Ben White’s floated cross into the box.

The Germany international had received a yellow card in first half injury time, and in the 65th minute of the match, he went to ground inside Brentford’s penalty area with the visiting side’s defender Nathan Collins nearby.

Replays of the incident appeared to show that Havertz went to ground under minimal contact, with neither the on-field referee or VAR official believing that there was sufficient grounds to award a penalty kick.

However, Brentford boss Frank said after the game that the former Chelsea attacker should have received a second yellow card for going to ground too easily, and sent-off.

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“I actually don’t think Havertz should be on the pitch when he scored,” Frank told reporters after the match. “It was a clear dive.

“Maybe it is difficult for the referee but the linesman should have seen it.”

The header was Havertz’s eighth goal of the season and secured Arsenal’s eighth successive Premier League win in a row.

The north London side have moved to the top of the standings, leapfrogging both Liverpool and Manchester City, who meet each other at Anfield on Sunday.

The defeat leaves Brentford 15th in the Premier League table and five points clear of the relegation zone.

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