Ray Parlour gives his opinion on Arsenal’s pursuit of Kai Havertz

Arsenal’s pursuit of Chelsea star Kai Havertz in the current transfer window has gained momentum, surprising many in the process.

The Gunners are keen to bolster their striking options and view the German international as a potential solution to their goal-scoring woes.

While there is a section of Arsenal’s fanbase that supports the move for Havertz, not all fans share the same enthusiasm, and there are differing opinions on whether he would be a suitable addition to the squad.

One notable doubter of the potential transfer is former Arsenal player Ray Parlour, who has expressed his reservations regarding the move.

He said on Talk Sport as quoted by Metro Football:

‘You need an out and out goal-scorer, if you’re Arsenal,.

‘They’ve got so much good back-up play behind the striker, but they need someone to put the ball in the net.

‘For me, I don’t think that’s the right signing but obviously Edu and Mikel Arteta will be talking behind the scenes and thinking he can play here or there. There might be a plan for him.” 

Just Arsenal Opinion

Havertz is not so different from the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, which is why this transfer does not make a lot of sense.

He is a good attacker, but we have many good attackers and need a player who can actually score over 20 league goals within a season.

Havertz has not done that before now. We can trust him to score some goals for us, but maybe not as many as we would wish.

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  1. Parlour is right to express doubts This story is likeey to be true and is one rare rumour that I THINK has legs.

    But I fervently hope we do not waste a penny on this extremerely moderate player, let alone pay a load of money for him.

    Its bitterly disappointing to hear of this story, as I guess we all hoped for a proper top class striker. That can NEVER be HAVERTZ , as I believe almost all of us agree..

  2. Firstly am not sure the gaffer would want to add the German as an out and out # 9.
    I see him more in that # 10 role that could effectively ease some of the work load on Odegaard in a rotation.

    Havertz is a top talent that many armchair managers won’t appreciate right away, the big picture won’t be clear to many fans.

    My only problem with this deal is making it too early in the window, our priorities should be getting a powerful defensive midfielders first

    When the campaign gets underway and Havertz slips in seamlessly for a tired or injured Odegaard, the gaffer looks likes a genius again

    1. Totally agree Gunsmoke
      All players that play for Chelsea are shit.
      Mbappe would flop in the current Chelsea team.
      Look at Mudrych

      1. Agree, if CFC had a proper manager like Mikel or Eirk tan Hag, they would have been in top four.
        I’m keeping fingers crossed, although Kai has not achieved much in the EPL, but with Arteta even the sky is not the ceiling. Look at Xhaka, flopped under Mr. Wenger & Unai, what a fine display last season. Look at Martenelli & Saka what heights they have attained. Look at Ben White. Who knows Kai is just 23, Mikel can change him if both seem interested. CFC disposed KDB & Salah, look where they are now. Proper managers like Klopp & Pep nurtured them to their true potential. Most “JA pundits” were upset when we signed Ode permanently. Rest is history. The only concern of Kai is the transfer fee. 40M is no brainer, 70M is questionable.

        1. Good points.
          It’s reasonable for people to have doubts especially at some of the quoted fees. He has got talent however and could develop into a top player.

  3. Well it seems we have abandoned Caicedo in favor of a much cheaper option from Southampton,

    I fear we are going to make the same mistake again. We seem to be going for numbers and over quality.

    In the January window we got Trossard, Jorginho and Kiwior on the cheap, and now it seems we are already trying to offload Kiwior and Jorginho.

    Am I alone in these thoughts that we need quality NOT numbers!!!!!

  4. This signing makes no sense. If we pay 25M max then I wouldn’t complain as he is a talented footballer but anything more than that its crazy, Chelsea has to sell before they buy so offering them 30M might force their hand.

  5. This is a player who was extremely highly rated before he went to Chelsea and does have some impressive achievements despite being underwhelming overall.
    I do believe the big problem for him is that he’s been shoehorned into an unnatural position, because Chelsea were unable to sign an adequate striker, and it’s obviously affected his reputation and probably his confidence.
    I can see why we would want to sign him as there’s a top player in there, but agree with those saying the transfer fees being talked about seem crazy. I’m not particularly keen on getting him due to squad needs, as I see it, in but if we can get him for cheap, I think he might end up being a serious bargain in the long run.

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