Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg gives his honest opinion on Kai Havertz

Freddie Ljungberg speaks on Kai Havertz

The Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has recently come out to speak about Kai Havertz and how the media and some fans have got him all wrong. The Ex-Arsenal winger who spent a massive 9 years at the club under legendary manager Arsene Wenger, earning 216 appearances for the Gunner’s in his time in London and knows all about winning trophies in the red and the white. Also spending some time as u21s coach and interim manager at the club, he knows all about talent and has backed Kai Havertz to be an important player for this Arsenal team.

Ljungberg says he has been impressed with the midfielder/attacker since joining Arsenal and especially with his performance against Sheffield United when we demolished them 6-0. Saying this “He played well,” Ljungberg said (via HITC). “He is important for Arsenal – I think he has a great left foot. I don’t care what people say; is Havertz a success or not a success. His technical ability is great.”

“When he is calm like this (going through on goal against Sheffield United), he just buries them. He hits it cleanly, calmly and it was a great goal.”

And I couldn’t agree more. Havertz has quickly become a vital part of Arteta’s team and set up and has showed that doubting him was a mistake. Coming from cross town rivals Chelsea, was always going to be difficult but he seems to have been able to settle in well and the Big German looks to have found his feet, especially in the second half of the season.

He’s a player I doubted myself and thought it might be a huge waste of money when I personally thought we needed to strengthen the team in other areas ,but Arteta and the recruitment team seem to have struck gold and he’s now hitting an incredible run of form, scoring 3 goals in the last 3 Premier League games and also picking up two assists in the last 2.

He’s a lot better than most people would have expected and with the right guidance from Arteta and his staff, he seems to have found his best form and is working really well within this Arsenal set up. With a lot of important games to come, we will need someone who is as versatile and good as he is and has only managed to strengthen our side for the better.

We as Arsenal fans will hope that he continues this form and can maybe give us the edge we need to go all the way in both the Premier League and The Champions League this season, with a wealth of experience in both, he does feel like the perfect signing.

Daisy Mae

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  1. The control he displayed in his assist for the Ben White goal is indeed evidence of his touch on the ball and there is little doubt that he is beginning to make an effective contribution when he used in the front three as a false CF.I think Arteta has realised that he will never be a great central midfielder but whether he will go on to justify his transfer fee and huge wage packet remains to be seen.I hope he can produce the goods against quality opposition in the weeks ahead and leave doubters like myself with egg on our faces.

    1. Grandad, why would you have egg on your face?
      You expressed an opinion for goodness sake, an opinion that many other Gooners agreed with.
      On Havertz, I took the stance of wait and see and, as it turns out, so far it’s the correct decision.
      I was wrong regarding Odegaard, but, as an Arsenal supporter, couldn’t be happier.

      I do agree that his salary is ridiculous, especially as it’s been reported he got a pay increase when he joined!

      I can’t think of one single JA contributor who has got everything 100% correct.

  2. The fact that he has played when we beat Manc and Liv and is playing in this side that is breaking scoring records while also being solid defensively, these facts leaves me saying that Jesus should have to win his place back from the bench

  3. I was one of those who backed Havertz to be a succesd right from the beginning of his Arsenal career and I feel my belief has been vindicated. One may ask why I had such strong conviction. My simple answer is that whenever we met Chelsea with Havertz in the team, he always gave us problems. I couldn’t imagine him becoming a bad player all of a sudden. I knew that the situation at Chelsea had greatly affected his performance and believed that once he fully imbibed our system he would be a great player. He still has a few doubters but you can never satisfy everyone. So far he has shown what he is capable off to the extent that even Piers Morgan has now changed his earlier negative attitude about Havertz. I can only see better performances from him as we go along. Let us not forget that he is only 24 years. Therefore, his best years are still ahead of him.

  4. Havertz is doing great but for me he isn’t my kind of player. There are goals i use to expect him to score but does not.

  5. Havertz has become increasingly influential and it is likely that he is still well below his ceiling. If he could fully develop his potential Arsenal would have a great asset for years to come.

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