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‘He swings a lazy leg at it’ – Chelsea star blamed by ex-Gunner Keown for role in Gabriel’s Arsenal matchwinner

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CHELSEA star Kai Havertz has been blasted for his “rotten” efforts to stop Arsenal’s winner at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel Arteta’s side returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over the Blues on Sunday.

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Kai Havertz has been blasted for his ‘lazy’ attempt to stop Arsenal’s goals[/caption]

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Brazil defender Gabriel struck Bukayo Saka’s corner to seal the points after Chelsea’s defense slipped the ball through to him.

And after that, it was striker Havertz who came under heavy criticism, accused of not doing enough defensively to prevent that from happening.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown told BT Sport: “Kai Havertz needs to do better there.

“He’s swinging a lazy leg.”

Ex-Chelsea ace and recently axed Bournemouth manager Scott Parker added: “It’s always very disappointing when you give up after a set piece.

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“Arsenal are certainly good at scoring set-pieces and we prepared for that [before Fulham’s 2-1 defeat at the Emirates in August].”

At the other end, Chelsea could only get one shot on target throughout the game.

They are now five points behind the top four after losing a second straight game in the top flight.

Boss Graham Potter later admitted his team struggled to create chances, but he was also quick to praise Arsenal.


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He said: “There are two teams on the pitch and I think Arsenal defend well, press well and make it difficult for them to create chances.

“That’s what the top teams are doing and Arsenal are a top team at the moment.

“I don’t like to say that, but it’s probably the reality. If that’s the case then we need to get better at how we create opportunities otherwise you’re zooming in on individuals and it’s a team thing.”

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