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Kai Havertz of Arsenal makes his case following a £65 million deal, but Chelsea rejects him

Apr 26, 2024 | Sports

Chelsea suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday evening. Former player Kai Havertz scored twice. The loss dealt a severe blow to the Blues, who currently occupy ninth place in the Premier League standings.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino had hoped for a positive reaction from his Chelsea squad following their heart-wrenching FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City over the weekend. Despite their near miss in reaching the cup final, Chelsea’s inconsistency in league play was exposed by Arsenal in a resounding 5-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal seized an early lead through Leandro Trossard, but it was in the second half that they pulled away convincingly. Ben White extended Arsenal’s advantage before former Chelsea forward Havertz notched a brace, with White adding his second goal to complete the comprehensive victory.

The defeat was particularly painful for Chelsea as Havertz, who was sold to Arsenal for £65m last summer, felt compelled to celebrate against his former club. His performance underscored his resurgence, as he registered his 11th goal contribution in the previous 10 league games.

Havertz’s goals against Chelsea may have left a bitter taste for supporters, leading to his omission from the club’s social media channels. Despite providing live score updates during the match, Chelsea refrained from naming Havertz as Arsenal’s goalscorer, unlike when White scored.

The match served as a stark reminder that Chelsea struggled to unlock Havertz’s full potential during his time at Stamford Bridge. While he famously scored the winning goal for Chelsea in the 2021 Champions League final, he has found greater success in his debut season at Arsenal.

Chelsea was without their top scorer, Cole Palmer, against Arsenal and fielded the youngest XI Arsenal had ever faced in the Premier League. Despite their challenges this season, Chelsea remains three points behind in a European place, trailing sixth-placed Newcastle United.

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