Former Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has sent Kai Havertz a message after the German international netted his side’s winner against Brentford on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s side thought that they had taken the lead in the first half when Leandro Trossard found the back of the net following a goalmouth scramble, only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside. After the break, the visitors struggled to create any meaningful openings before they finally broke the deadlock late on through substitute Havertz.

The 24-year-old headed home a Bukayo Saka cross from close range, securing his team top spot in the table after a hectic day of Premier League action.

After the full-time whistle, Havertz took to social media, posting a picture of his celebrations on Instagram, with the caption: “BIG win on the road!! Thank you for all the support (heart emoji).

“Another game to prepare for now. COYG.”

In the comments section, ex-Gunners midfielder Xhaka sent three bicep flexing emojis, clearly happy his former side were able to win. Meanwhile, sporting director Edu also hailed Havertz’s winner.

The Brazilian wrote: “Yesssssss Kai !!! (Fist bump emoji) (Star eyes emoji) (Heart emoji).”

Arsenal fans will hope they look back on yesterday’s goal as a meaningful one in the title race. Fellow contenders Manchester City and Liverpool had played out a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the day, offering the north Londoners the chance to go top of the table, an opportunity they eventually seized with both hands.