Arteta hints that Havertz will start against Chelsea “He needs to play”

Today, our Gunners go to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the London derby. There are several things to look forward to in that game, one of which is whether Kai Havertz will start against his former team, Chelsea, or not.

Mikel Arteta has acknowledged, as per the Metro, that he believes Kai Havertz is ready for the game against Chelsea.

The German has contributed two goals in the last two league games, scoring against Bournemouth and then setting up Martinelli’s winner against Manchester City in our final game before the international break.

Arteta believes his confidence is rising, which motivates him to want to play him. The manager hinted that he would start him against Chelsea, saying, “TThe last contribution he had against Man City was terrific.

“It was difficult to make the decision whether or not to play him, but as well, we knew that the last 25–30 minutes against City were going to be critical.

“And the impact that the subs had was crucial to the result, and I’m really happy how he reacted and contributed to the team.

“Could it prove to be a big moment for him? I hope so, I hope so, and I can see that the confidence is shifting and he’s in a much better place.

“And we have to continue to do that, and he needs to play.”

There has been considerable discussion over whether Kai Havertz can be relied on to flourish against his former side. But if Arteta does start him, we must trust his judgment.

Darren N


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  1. His name has to be the first on the team sheet, returning on his old stumping ground, it as simple as that

    1. It is NOT as simple as that! Not at all!

      Why start a player who has proved inferior to all his team mates who have played with him this season?? NOT FOR ME, NOT AT ALL!

    2. You can’t just pick somebody for sentimental reason just because he is returning to his old club, he has to earn a place in the team surely.

      1. It’s not sentiment Marty, in fact very far from it, actually it’s more like experience teaches wisdom.

        Historically players returning to play against their former clubs are highly motivated, just let I tickle your memory on the most recent example and against Arsenal in particular.

        1)Anelka returning here against Arsenal was devastating
        2) Van Persie return against Arsenal was equally devastating, they actually won the league in the same breath.
        3) Surely you must remember Adebayor goal against us
        4) Jermaine Pennant returning here and scoring against Arsenal maybe the most devastating of them all.

        Maybe any other ground I could agree with you but not today at the bridge

  2. I’d be surprised if Havertz plays in the left-sided AM position ahead of Rice, because Rice and Jorginho played very well against Man City

    I think Havertz’s physicality will be more effective if he comes in after Chelsea CBs become tired in the second half

    1. It could the gaffer’s error to start Havertz at Left side of AM. I bet that would be a minus one from our midfield. How do we compete against Enzo and Caiecedo in midfield. It should be Rice- Joginho/Pathey- Odegard.
      Pathey played in Ghana friendly why can’t he play? This is London derby derby I guess Arteta will treat it so.

  3. Partey, Rice, and Odegaard is the best midfield setup we have, period.

    Jesus, Martinelli, Saka is the best attack we have.

    Arteta has to force Havertz in the side, and it weakens the team no matter how you try to justify the move.

    He is inferior to the players above, and benching a healthy, better player to start Havertz lessens the side.

    Havertz should play his way into the side like all the other players. This “showcasing” of Havertz is getting ridiculous, it seems to be about proving some point rather than fielding the best lineup.

    Daresay that ESR has shown more in his limited chances; better positioning and shots on goal than Havertz.

  4. KAI is an average player his inclusion may overwork Rice as Partey may be benched for Hervatz.

    Ceicedo and Enzo will overwhelm Rice and our defense will surfer.

    I just hope Arteta is playing mind game.

  5. As a Chelsea fan, I’ld be super glad if Havertz is played ahead of Partey. Havertz, Odegard and Rice can win the game for Arsenal Fc. All the best

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