• Chelsea is set to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium with fans in attendance for the first time this season
  • Blues attacker Kai Havertz shared his thoughts on the Gunners
  • Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will be looking to possibly stop the Blues, including their new striker Romelu Lukaku

A Chelsea star isn’t taking Arsenal for granted.

Kai Havertz is looking forward to playing in front of thousands of English Premier League fans for the first time at the Emirates Stadium Sunday.

Ahead of the match, Havertz stressed that despite the Gunners being heavily viewed as non-contenders this season, he and the Blues are not sleeping on Mikel Arteta’s side.

“It’s always been a dream to play in the Premier League in front of the fans and I can’t wait for Sunday,” Havertz told Chelsea’s official website. “At the moment the atmosphere is very good,’ Kai explained. ‘When you start the season like we have, winning a European title and our first Premier League game, it’s very good for us.”

“It’s just the beginning though and there will be some tough challenges ahead, with Arsenal on Sunday the next one,” he added. “It will be tough and Arsenal are dangerous because they have a lot of quality players. People are saying that things aren’t going well for them at the moment but we know they have very good players and we need to take care in our approach.”

While Havertz is expected to once again become a key figure in Thomas Tuchel’s attack, the biggest story so far is the debut of Chelsea’s new signing, Romelu Lukaku.

Inter will need to get over the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea
Inter will need to get over the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA

Tuchel hinted Friday that the Belgian striker could possibly join the Blues against Arsenal, something Gunners boss Arteta is being mindful about.

"I don’t know if he’s going to play," Arteta said of Lukaku. "We have a plan to stop what Chelsea do and a plan to do what we have to do to win the game."

Having won the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea is coming in as the top Premier League contender this season.

The addition of Lukaku just bolstered Tuchel’s already stacked attack composed of Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

For Arteta, the reigning European champions will do what they do best, but he is positive the presence of the fans will be a huge help for his team.

"Well, from Chelsea I expect what they’ve done over the last few years,” the manager admitted. “They’re a top team full of world class players, with a great manager and they are the Champions of Europe. We expect a really competitive match. It’s what I expect about our team. Our fans they’re going to be supporting the team right from the beginning because they’ve been missed so much. We’re going to go there to win a football match."

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal contract runs until 2023
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal contract runs until 2023 AFP / Adrian DENNIS