Kai Havertz, Arsenal’s summer signing, had another disappointing moment in front of goal during the match against Manchester United. With ten minutes on the clock at the Emirates Stadium, Havertz had a great opportunity to give the Gunners the lead. Gabriel Martinelli created space on the left side of the United box, and when the ball wasn’t cleared, it fell to Havertz in a favorable position. However, he failed to make proper contact with the ball, causing frustration for himself.
Commentating on the missed chance, talkSPORT’s Alex Crook remarked that while it may not be the easiest chance, it was still a glaring miss. Martinelli delivered a cross into the area, which was deflected by Diogo Dalot off Anthony Martial and into Havertz’s path. From just six yards out, Havertz only managed to kick thin air instead of poking the ball past Andre Onana and putting Arsenal in the lead.
Unfortunately, Havertz’s troubles continued later in the game when he made a sloppy pass that went straight to Christian Eriksen. Eriksen then advanced into Arsenal’s half and played a brilliant curling shot off the post, scoring for Manchester United. However, Arsenal quickly responded with Martin Odegaard slotting in the equalizer.
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Arsenal’s midfield maestro Kai Havertz was left frustrated on Saturday evening as his side’s hopes of taking a share of the points were extinguished following his “glaring miss” in their Premier League clash against Manchester United.
The German international was presented with a golden opportunity in the second half, finding himself one-one-one with Manchester United goalkeeper Henderson. However, instead of breaking the deadlock, Havertz was left with his head in his hands as he fired wide of the post.
Manager Mikel Arteta was left “dismayed and puzzled” by the miss, commenting: “It’s no secret that our current goalscoring record is simply not good enough. The frustration is now magnified further with the nagging feeling that we could have put ourselves out of reach with that chance and at least taken a point.”
The result saw Arsenal fall to their seventh successive away defeat, extending their miserable winless run to nine games. Following the match, Arteta stated: “The defeat is a bitter pill to swallow and an opportunity lost. On another day we could have been good to get something off of a heavyweight like United, but it’s another game where we’ve failed to make home count.”
Havertz was clearly upset with himself after the match and was seen muttering to himself as he made his way off the pitch. The incident has only served to increase the pressure on the Arsenal hierarchy to bolster their attack this transfer window, but with the unfortunate miss it seems Havertz is now paying the price for their lack of action.