Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend with a trip to Stamford Bridge to face London rivals Chelsea.

It will be the first game since Kai Havertz joined the Gunners from the Blues this summer and he will undoubtedly be a centre of attention on his return.

The German has largely filled the spot of Granit Xhaka in the team so far this season and has, to his credit, replicated many of the same attributes in the role, especially off the ball. 

Defensively he has been effective in the press and is far outdoing Xhaka’s tackle rate per 90 minutes from last season.

On the ball, however, Havertz is still yet to really find his feet. He has picked up a goal - from the penalty spot at Bournemouth - and an assist in his last two games which were his first returns for the club, but he still looks slightly off the pace with his movement in the box when joining attacks from deep.

The jury is still out on Havertz as a midfielder, although he has done a solid job so far, but up front is where he has looked his most effective, using his height and control to cause problems.

As recently as the win over Manchester City we saw Havertz shield a ball in the box and lay it off to create the late winning goal for Gabriel Martinelli, a feature of his limited minutes up top.

There is still plenty more to come from Havertz, particularly in attacking areas, but he has settled into a similar function as Xhaka and the game against Chelsea would be the perfect time to show his old club what they’re missing.

After Chelsea, the Gunners travel to Sevilla for matchday three of the Champions League group stage.

They currently sit second in the group, following the away loss to Lens, and Mikel Arteta will be forced to field a slightly stronger side in order to start getting points on the board.

While it’s a group Arsenal qualify from easily, Arteta will want the job done before the hectic winter Premier League period begins so he has the option to rotate his side more often.

After the international break will also be the first opportunity to see the full strength XI together, with Bukayo Saka, Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus all finally fit for the first time this season.