“What a lazy player, “He doesn’t deserve to be in Chelsea let alone being in the starting XI” — Martin Keown and Scott Parker says this Chelsea player is the reason the Blues lost to Arsenal.
Kai Havertz, according to Martin Keown and Scott Parker, is to blame for Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea.
Bukayo Saka’s harmless corner was not dealt with by Graham Potter’s team, allowing Gabriel to score the game-winning goal at Stamford Bridge in the second half.
The corner was being guarded by Havertz at the near-post, but he was unable to clear the ball before it sailed past Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy and was met by Gabriel.
Arsenal’s victory allows them to reclaim first place in the Premier League, while Chelsea has only earned two points in their past four games and is going through its first difficult period under Potter, Thomas Tuchel’s replacement.
Former Fulham boss Parker commented on Arsenal’s winning goal to BT Sport, saying, “You’re always immensely devastated when you surrender from a set-piece.”
Arsenal are undoubtedly skilled at scoring off of set pieces, so we trained for that [before Fulham’s 2-1 loss at the Emirates in August]’.
“I don’t understand why Havertz has advanced so far before the corner.” He can get on to it if he dives deeper, but instead he starts high, runs back, and then has a lot to cope with.
Former Arsenal player Keown continued, “Kai Havertz has to perform better there.” At that, he swings a slack leg.
While Chelsea lost consecutive league games for the first time since 2020, Potter acknowledged that they were “beaten by the better team.”
He stated, “We played against a team in a really good moment, a confident squad, and you can see the points they have. Credit to them.”
“The boys gave it their all; there was huffing and puffing, but missed that last part. Overall, they deserved it, even though the goal was disappointing.
“Arsenal are in a good place right now and have a clear knowledge of their goals after working closely together for a very long time.
“We were lacking a little in quality. The effort was there; unfortunately, the superior team defeated us. From our point of view, it was a poor goal.
“It provides insight into where we stand and what needs to be improved. We’re a little different, but Mikel Arteta has done a terrific job, and they are in a good situation.”