Arsenal fans were left in disbelief when they witnessed Kai Havertz squander a golden opportunity to score against Fulham on Saturday.
Despite entering the third gameweek of the Premier League season with a promising record of six points from two games, Arsenal found themselves trailing 1-0 to Fulham at halftime.
Mikel Arteta’s team conceded an early goal, just 56 seconds into the match, as Andreas Pereira capitalized on a sloppy pass from Bukayo Saka to find the net.
Pereira, faced with the challenge of beating Aaron Ramsdale who was off his line, opted to attempt a chip over the goalkeeper.
The Brazil international fluffed his chip, but his effort found the bottom corner as Ramsdale lost his balance struggling to get back into position.
Arsenal then looked sure to equalise when Saka did brilliantly to keep the ball in play at the far post, but Havertz – on the stretch – poked the ball back towards his teammate instead of into the empty goal.
Still can’t believe that Arsenal managed to get our best player Kai Havertz 😭
— Dean (@DeanCFC_) August 26, 2023
KAI HAVERTZ NEVER CHANGES 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/9A0K5rkTXx
— CarefreeLewisG🇪🇹 (@CarefreeLewisG) August 26, 2023
Is Kai Havertz okay??? 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/yl3vh1LAqe
— Mo (@mcfcmo1) August 26, 2023
The difference between Kai Havertz and Nicolas Jackson. So glad we got rid of this guy. pic.twitter.com/6ZIHiEFdh2
— Obuasi John WICK•🔫🇬🇭 𝕏 (@KojoLamarkojo) August 26, 2023
Arsenal made a substantial investment of £65 million to secure the services of Kai Havertz from Chelsea during the summer transfer window. However, the initial impressions of the German’s performances have not completely convinced the fans.
Havertz, aged 24, managed to score only nine goals across 47 matches in all competitions for Chelsea in the previous season, indicating that he may not yet fulfill the role of a prolific goalscorer that Arsenal desires.
In an effort to spark a comeback in the match, Mikel Arteta introduced Eddie Nketiah into the game by substituting him for Leandro Trossard at half-time.