Havertz returns to haunt Chelsea as Arsenal disgrace Blues with historic win

Kai Havertz scores for Arsenal against Chelsea | Imago

Havertz returns to haunt Chelsea as Arsenal disgrace Blues with historic win

Ayoola Kelechi 22:03 - 23.04.2024

The German star scored a brace for Arsenal against his former club as Chelsea suffered their worst defeat against the Gunners

In a stunning display of dominance at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal delivered a resounding 5-0 thrashing of Chelsea, propelled by braces from Kai Havertz and Ben White, sending shockwaves through the Premier League and solidifying their position at the top of the table.

How it happened

The Gunners wasted no time asserting their authority in the highly anticipated London derby, as Leandro Trossard opened the scoring in the fourth minute, capitalizing on a superb driving run from Declan Rice to fire a precise finish past Chelsea goalkeeper Đorđe Petrović at the near post.

Despite Chelsea's attempts to respond, Arsenal's relentless attacking intent saw them create numerous chances, with Petrović producing heroics to deny Havertz and Trossard. However, the Blues were unable to contain the onslaught, and White doubled Arsenal's lead in the 52nd minute with a composed finish into the far corner.

Arsenal's momentum continued to surge as Havertz, facing his former club, showcased his class with a clinical finish to make it 3-0 just five minutes later. The Gunners' dominance was further emphasized as Havertz added his second of the night, leaving Chelsea shell-shocked and with little hope of salvaging the match.

As Arsenal continued to assert their superiority, White scored his second of the game with a fortuitous cross-cum-shot that found the back of the net, sealing an emphatic victory and marking Arsenal's biggest-ever win over Chelsea in Premier League history.

Manager Mikel Arteta seized the opportunity to rotate his squad, affording key players valuable rest ahead of their upcoming North London derby, as Arsenal cruised through the closing stages to secure a crucial three points in their pursuit of the league title.

The result extends Arsenal's dominant record in league encounters against Chelsea, with just one defeat in their last nine meetings, underlining their status as genuine title contenders and sending a clear message to their rivals in the Premier League.