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Mikel Arteta encouraged Kai Havertz to embrace the joyous occasion after his goal secured Arsenal’s spot at the top of the Premier League. However, it remains to be seen if he can effectively address the team’s struggles with scoring.
When the referee signaled the end of the game, Arteta forcefully pulled Havertz 30 yards across the field to acknowledge the applause from the away fans. This happened after Havertz had substituted into the game in the 89th minute and scored the sole goal, securing victory for his team against Brentford.
He had a moment of hope when he broke his personal record for goals scored, but there were similar hopes after he scored a goal at Bournemouth earlier in the season, which did not have the desired impact. This season has not been easy for the 24-year-old.
Havertz joined the Gunners for £65m in the summer from Chelsea but has yet to establish his role in the team, and has been struggling for consistency in terms of returns, but also position. He has played at times as a number 10, and on either side of the midfield two as well as a box-to-box midfielder, without a consistent run in any particular role.
During the recent international break, Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann utilized Havertz as a left-back. Though he scored a goal, Havertz may not desire to be labeled as a versatile player.
Havertz scored a goal on Saturday night, which propelled Arsenal to the top of the Premier League. This is the first time they have held this position for the weekend this season, but the striker’s spot on the team is not yet secure. He is not the only one facing this uncertainty, as Aaron Ramsdale’s shaky and mistake-prone performance also highlights his own struggles at the club.
Arteta expressed his belief that one does not appreciate things that come easily, as he discussed Havertz’s goal during the post-match interview.
If things were simple, he wouldn’t have received such a warm reception today with everyone embracing him and expressing their love for him.
He has a purpose for his actions, as he handles challenging situations. He sets a good example for us to persevere through tough times and do what needs to be done.
This is an excellent demonstration for the team. We are thrilled that a top player like him was able to secure the team’s victory.
Although he has scored two goals in 13 games, Arsenal may not consider it sufficient evidence that they have solved their issue with finding a striker. Gabriel Jesus has openly stated that he does not prefer playing as a centre-forward.
Arteta commended the German player’s adaptability, stating that it speaks to his quality. He also acknowledged that being able to play in multiple positions requires a high level of skill.
“He consistently leads the team by example, regardless of his specific role. However, he is not the sole contributor.”
Havertz emerged as the star in western London, scoring the winning goal that propelled Arsenal to the top of the Premier League. However, his spot on the team and even his role within it are not guaranteed.