'I was surprised': Glenn Hoddle left shocked by Chelsea star's action vs Arsenal

Glen Hoddle was bemused by the chance Kai Havertz squandered for Chelsea during their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal last night.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Hoddle was assessing his former side’s poor performance against their London rivals yesterday.

Thomas Tuchel struck a frustrated figure as his team struggled to unbolt the Gunners door they had fastened shut.

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A mishap between Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga handed Arsenal the advantage after 16 minutes, a lead they held onto until the final whistle.


But proceedings could have been entirely different had Havertz converted his golden opportunity shortly before Chelsea conceded.

Having nicked the ball off Pablo Mari, the young German sprinted towards Bernd Leno’s net, but managed to skew his shot over the crossbar.

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Hoddle shakes his head at Havertz

“I was surprised he missed that,” admitted Hoddle on Havertz’s howler.

“If he missed that earlier in the season, I could say that lads not settled yet. He’s been playing better now.

“That’s really food and drink to any striker of any quality. He’s tried to complicate things by lifting the ball.

“I think if that’s the last minute of a game, the FA Cup final or Champions League final, I think he scores.

“His focus would be, if this is the last thing I do on earth, this is going in the back of the net. He didn’t have that attitude when he went through.”

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Can Kai get the goals?

Havertz hasn’t been prolific this season, but he’s still scored eight times across all competitions for Chelsea.

The 21-year-old was on target twice against Fulham and was unfortunate not to top up his tally at home to Real Madrid.

But playing as a centre-forward for the Blues brings certain expectations, one being able to convert at a consistent rate.

This is something that Havertz, nor any of Tuchel’s squad, have managed since the start of this campaign.

At present, Chelsea’s top Premier League scorers are Tammy Abraham, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Timo Werner, all on six.

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Behind them is Kurt Zouma with five, whilst Havertz, Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic trail on four.

Its incredibly likely the Blues could finish the term without a player on double figures in the top flight for the first time since 1996/97.

If the Blues need for a new striker wasn’t clear enough already, it is now.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.