Brentford boss Thomas Frank fumes Kai Havertz should have been sent off before last-gasp Arsenal winner

Thomas Frank has hit out at the officials after Kai Havertz escaped a second yellow card for a ‘clear dive’ before his winning goal.

The 24-year-old was the key man during the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Brentford as he popped up late on to earn a 2-1 victory for the Gunners.

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Havertz was the match-winner for Arsenal, but Frank doesn’t think he should have been on the pitchCredit: Getty

According to the Brentford boss, Havertz, who was booked in the first half, should have been ejected long before he had the opportunity to be the match-winner.

He was involved in a big moment during the game when he went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Mads Roerslev midway through the second half.

While Havertz wasn’t awarded a penalty, he did manage to escape a second yellow, much to Frank’s annoyance.

Voicing his frustration, he told Sky Sports: “I think that Havertz shouldn’t be on the pitch when he scored the goal.

“For me, it was a clear dive for the penalty shout.

“If you see that back slowly then maybe it’s difficult for the referee, but the linesman should have seen it clearly, in my opinion.”

Defeat for Brentford means that they sit just five points clear of the relegation zone having played a game more than 18th-placed Luton.

But despite that, Frank could see the positive side of what his team put into the clash with Arsenal, as he said: “I’m so proud of the team and the players.

Havertz went down hoping for a penalty, where he avoided a second yellow card for an apparent dive

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Havertz went down hoping for a penalty, where he avoided a second yellow card for an apparent diveCredit: AFP
Havertz was all over the pitch as he helped Arsenal claim a late victory

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Havertz was all over the pitch as he helped Arsenal claim a late victory

“We’ve come here to Arsenal who have scored 100 goals in I don’t know how many games and we limited them.

“It was almost a defensive masterclass, I would say.”

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Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp also conceded that Havertz was fortunate to stay on the pitch before his 86th-minute header.

He remarked: “The referee is not in a great position to see this [the second incident] so unless he actually gives the yellow card then VAR can’t intervene anyway, but he is lucky.

“There’s no contact at all and he is looking to gain an advantage there.

“He’s got to be sure. He’s got a really good position but if he’s not sure then he can’t give it.”




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