Kai Havertz is something of an enigmatic player. Regarded by many as a top talent, he isn’t short of honours and trophies and has played for some of the world’s most illustrious clubs.
However, he can infuriate fans and managers, largely because of his lack of consistency. Since joining Arsenal in the summer of 2023, is Havertz starting to show his value? We explore below.
Arsenal Look to Strengthen
Last year saw Arsenal come tantalizingly close to lifting their first Premier League trophy since 2004. They dominated for a large majority of the campaign, before eventually succumbing to the relentless quality of Manchester City.
For this season, Arsenal looked to go again and commence another push for the trophy. To do so, manager Mikel Arteta sought to strengthen his squad in a number of key positions, adding quality that he hoped would give them the edge they needed to succeed in a notoriously competitive league.
Arsenal’s summer signings included Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber and, of course, Kai Havertz, who joined from fellow London club Chelsea on a five-year deal. He came off the back of a successful spell at Chelsea, scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final and helping secure the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
However, he also came with something of a reputation for inconsistency, and some Arsenal fans were left worried that the club had made an expensive mistake.
Arteta Works His Magic
Mikel Arteta is one of the most respected managers in world football. His knowledge of the game is extensive, and his tactical abilities are comparable only to the likes of Pep Guardiola.
Few tipped Arsenal for a title run on sites like Red 32 Bet last season, but they pushed City right to the wire and were unlucky not to lift the trophy themselves. By bringing in Havertz, Arteta will hope the midfielder will give them the spark they need to make that final push over the line.
Brought in to replace Granit Xhaka, Havertz struggled in the early stages of his Arsenal career. He failed to find the net for a number of months and was widely criticised for his poor performances and lack of discipline, which saw him record more yellow cards than shots on target.
However, Arteta has a reputation for improving players, and it looks like he is starting to work his magic on Havertz. After a dismal start with the Gunners, Havertz is slowly but surely picking up form. He’s netted three goals since the end of November, and his performances are showing a marked improvement.
Is Havertz Showing His Value?
Havertz may be playing better than he was at the start of the season, but he will need to start showing a lot more if he is truly to live up to his hefty price tag. Arsenal paid £65 million for the German, and for that kind of money, he will need to start finding the goal more often.
They say form is temporary in football, and a player with the ability and accolades of Kai Havertz doesn’t become bad overnight. Perhaps his spell at Chelsea, a club infamous for instability, has rattled his confidence, and it may take him time to settle and turn back into the player we know he can be.
Time, however, is something football doesn’t afford you. Fans can be patient, but there is a limit. Havertz and Arteta must work together to improve his form if he is to be an integral part of Arsenal’s title campaign and to endear him to the passionate but demanding support.
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