Brentford move for England youngster collapses despite having medical

Leeds youngster Archie Gray’s move to Brentford has fallen through at the very last minute.

The 18-year-old had looked set to move to Brentford and was even undergoing a medical with the West London club.

But Leeds have gone back on the offer at the last minute, opening the door for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, who are all interested. The £40million switch looks to have broken over a payment structure.

And now Spurs, who have a long-standing interest in England Under-21 international, have begun talks with the Whites over a possible transfer.

Midfielder Gray only turned 18 in March but made 44 appearances last season.

He is the great nephew of Leeds and Scotland legend Eddie Gray but was born in Durham.

Leeds are under pressure to sell after missing out on promotion, losing the Championship play-off final to Southampton in May.

Arsenal Player Ratings vs Brentford: Havertz, White, Rice, others impressive in home win

Arsenal left it late to defeat Brentford in a thrilling London derby at the Emirates.

Kai Havertz’s 86th minute header from a sumptuous Ben White cross sent the home fans delirious.

Earlier, the Gunners looked on course to secure a comfortable win when Declan Rice headed them into a 19th-minute lead.

But an Aaron Ramsdale howler after he slammed the ball against Yoane Wissa into his own net let the visitors back in.

However, they weren’t to be undone and managed to secure all three points thanks to the ex-Chelsea star’s late strike.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10 – Several superb saves in the second half helped Arsenal to three vital points. Thankfully his error just before half time will not be what fans remember this loyal Gunners servant for in what could well be his final game in Arsenal colours.

RB: Ben White – 9/10 – Two assists for the Gunners Love Island Maldini as Benny Blanco has been christened. Another superb performance

CB: William Saliba – 8/10 – Kept Ivan Toney quiet

CB: Gabriel Magalhaes – 7.5/10 – Dangerous going forward and solid at the back

LB: Jakub Kiwior – 6.5/10 – Progressing nicely after a shaky start to his Arsenal career

CM: Jorginho – 8/10 – Quietly effective and hugely efficient in the heart of battle

CM: Declan Rice – 8.5/10 – Another goal for Arsenal’s world class midfielder – with another outstanding performance on and off the ball, in and out of possession, in attack or defence.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 8/10 – Alwasy prompted his colleagues to attack with his silky skills, creativity and vision

RW: Bukayo Saka – 8/10 – Lively as ever

CF: Kai Havertz – 8.5/10 – As the song goes: Kai Havertz scored again…’ to make it four in four for the Gunners at a crucial time of the season

LW: Leandro Trossard – 6.5/10 – Not as effective as he would have liked but not for want of trying


SUB: Gabriel Jesus (70′ for Jorginho) – 7/10

SUB: Reiss Nelson (79′ for Trossard) – 7.5/10

SUB: Oleksandr Zinchenko (79′ for Kiwior) – 7/10

SUB: Thomas Partey (90′ for Odegaard) – N/A

Subs not used: Karl Hein (GK),

Cedric Soares,

Emile Smith Rowe,

Fabio Vieira,

Eddie Nketiah

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Kai Havertz spares Aaron Ramsdale blushes, scores late winner over Brentford

Kai Havertz spared Aaron Ramsdale’s blushes as Arsenal earned a statement win over Brentford which puts them top of the Premier League before title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City meet on Sunday.

Arsenal, looking to lead the table for the first time since December, went in front through Declan Rice’s flicked header.

The home side continued to dominate possession and Havertz skewed wide their best opportunity to go further ahead.

But, out of nowhere, the good work in an assured first-half performance was undone by Ramsdale’s error.

The England keeper, playing because David Raya was ineligible against his parent club, dallied over a clearance and allowed a sliding Yoane Wissa to score.

Arsenal pushed for a second-half winner without much luck until Havertz popped up in space to head in Ben White’s cross.

Havertz, who Brentford argued should have been shown a second yellow card for diving before he scored, netted in his fourth consecutive Premier League game to put Arsenal a point clear of Liverpool and two ahead of Manchester City.

It led to joyous celebrations at Emirates Stadium, although the Gunners know their title rivals have the chance to go back above them at Anfield on Sunday.

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(Watch Video) Disasi scores! 83’… Brentford 2-2 Chelsea

And there’s the equaliser!

Chelsea have been peppered by Brentford set-pieces all afternoon and now they score with one of their own.

The Blues play a short corner and Cole Palmer beats his man before whipping a cross to the back post where defender Disasi heads home.

The pendulum has well and truly swung again! Raheem Sterling gets in behind a frantic Brentford defence. He sidesteps his man but takes too long to shoot and is crowded out.

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(Watch Video) Jackson scores! 35’… Brentford 0-1 Chelsea

The Chelsea striker makes amends by giving his side the lead with a bullet header from Gusto’s excellent cross. He rises highest to meet a fabulous ball into the area and powerfully heads home. He puts his fingers to his lips to shush his doubters.

Really poor defending from Brentford to allow Nicolas Jackson to drift in-between them. Perhaps they weren’t expecting such a quick and accurate cross from the Chelsea right back.

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Club manager confirms summer move for Chelsea target

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has told Danish outlet Tipsbladet that striker Ivan Toney is almost certain to leave the club this summer.

Toney, 27, has been linked with most of the Premier League’s top clubs, including Arsenal and Chelsea, and is about to move into the final year of his contract.

Brentford will demand a huge transfer fee for the England international, though perhaps won’t get the £100m that Frank believes the striker is worth.

“It is relatively obvious that Ivan Toney will probably be sold this summer,” Frank said. “We also know what he is worth.

“I don’t think there are many strikers in the world who are better than him right now.

“He is a really skilled striker who is in his prime football age. Personally, as a coach, I would prefer to keep Toney but one day it could be fun to see him on a top team.

“This winter we actually had no offers for him, but it will surprise me if there aren’t a lot of clubs that will be interested in him.”