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Arsenal’s match-winner against Havertz says he put ego aside after ‘tough’ period

LONDON: Kai Havertz had to bury his ego and is reaping the rewards of his hard work following a testing start to life at Arsenal, the German forward said after sending the north London club to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Brentford.

The 24-year-old had been feeling under pressure following his 65 million-pound ($81.00 million) switch from Arsenal rivals Chelsea, when he came on as a substitute at the Community Stadium on Saturday and broke the deadlocked match with a close-range header in the 89th minute.

The last season’s runners-up moved up to first place with 30 points from 13 games, one ahead of Manchester City and two more than Liverpool.

“It feels amazing. I have been working hard for this moment and today it paid off, so I am happy to help the team with that,” Havertz told TNT Sport.

“It was a brilliant pass from Bukayo (Saka). We work on this routine in training quite a lot. I know Bukayo and Martin (Odegaard) love to play that ball, so it was a good goal. (Reuters)

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