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Arsenal new boy Kai Havertz failed to score a single goal during the Cross and Volley Challenge

Arsenal new boy Kai Havertz failed to score a single goal during the Cross and Volley Challenge

Kai Havertz joined Arsenal from Chelsea last month

Kai Havertz failed to impress during the Cross & Volley Challenge in Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States.

German international Havertz swapped Chelsea for Arsenal last month in a deal worth a reported £65 million.

After his debut for the club last week, his highlights went viral as he produced a rather underwhelming cameo against FC Nurnberg.

Now, the German’s performance in the MLS All-Stars Skills Challenge has gone viral. You can watch the footage below.

Havertz failed to score a single goal in the Cross & Volley challenge as he blazed a few attempts over the bar whilst also hitting the woodwork on a couple of occasions.

In comparison, Havertz’s teammate Folarin Balogun managed to score three times and DC United striker Christian Benteke also found the net.

Havertz then took part in the Touch Challenge, where he had to control a high ball before trying to score points by placing the ball in different buckets.

Despite scoring a respectable 86 points, Havertz’s performance was still a major talking point amongst fans on social media.

Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale spoke about Havertz during an interview with Kicker.

As per the Daily Mail, he said: “It’s a very good signing.

“Kai already has a lot of experience, he was captain in Leverkusen when he was very young. He’s an international player, has won the Champions League and scored in important games.”

Ramsdale continued: “He can play in different positions, which will help the team. He’s also a tall boy, so he can also help with set-piece situations, which shouldn’t be underestimated in modern football.”


Whilst Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted he isn’t sure about Havertz’s strongest position.

He said after the match against FC Nurnberg: “We will see. We have to see how he adapts and obviously get to know each other and build relationships.

“Football is about that and time will tell where he fits in best.”

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Topics: Football, Kai Havertz, Arsenal