Why Kai Havertz could miss two games during title run-in

  • Kai Havertz is closing in on 10th booking of Premier League season
  • Slate is wiped clean on Matchday 33
  • Havertz risks two-game ban
Kai Havertz is at risk of serving a two-game suspension
Kai Havertz is at risk of serving a two-game suspension / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

Kai Havertz has emerged as a key figure for Arsenal in 2024, and Mikel Arteta can ill-afford to go without him as the club chases its first Premier League title in two decades.

Trusting the manager, Arsenal took a swing on Havertz in the summer following a difficult spell at Chelsea. The Gunners paid £65m for their troubles and made the German international the highest-paid player at the club - reportedly.

It was a signing that raised eyebrows, for sure, especially considering the rather uninspiring start Havertz made to his Arsenal career. However, Arteta has maximised the German's profile, making use of him in a centre-forward position where he can get on the end of crosses, win aerial duels, and press from the front.

He's far from the most aesthetic of performers, playing a rather primitive role in an otherwise complex system, but Havertz is nonetheless set to enjoy his most productive Premier League campaign to date haven't matched his 12 goal contributions from 2021/22.

Why Kai Havertz could miss two games during title run-in

Kai Havertz, Craig Pawson
Havertz was booked for a dive in midweek / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

Deployed up top by Arteta having struggled in a deeper position at the start of his Arsenal career, Havertz certainly doesn't mind throwing himself about. He's a bit of a sh*thouse.

The German's elbows can fly, and he's certainly prone to a dive. It's a dark art he certainly hasn't mastered.

Havertz's physicality and desire to make an impression without the ball have seen him get into trouble with the referee this season. A poor attempt to win a free-kick against Luton Town on Wednesday night meant he picked up his eighth Premier League booking. Thus, the German is at risk of a two-game suspension.

If Havertz picks up yellow cards in Arsenal's next two league outings against Brighton and Aston Villa, he'll miss the fixtures against Wolves and Chelsea. Fortunately for the former Blue, the slate is wiped clean once we reach Gameweek 33. So, should he avoid bookings in successive games, Havertz will avoid a two-game suspension entirely.

It's not only in the Premier League where Havertz has to tread carefully. The languid forward will also serve a one-game suspension in the Champions League should he pick up a booking in either leg of Arsenal's quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich. Havertz, like Declan Rice, has recorded two yellows in Europe. The slate will be cleaned ahead of the semi-finals, however.