What Kai Havertz needs to do to impress Arsenal fans after sluggish debut

Kai Havertz’s performance in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest raised eyebrows. Unlike the two other Arsenal summer signings, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice, who both impressed in their Arsenal league debuts against Nottingham Forest, Havertz had a quiet first-league start. But that can be understood he is playing a different role, and in a new team, he’s still settling in. With time, the ex-Blue will find his feet at Arsenal. Even so, what can he do to improve his performance?

He needs to improve his work rate on the pitch.
Kai Havertz, when assigned to the team’s striking position, is a player who puts in relatively little effort on the pitch. When playing as the team’s centre striker, the German international needs to press the opposition’s defence harder to cause defensive blunders. Now that he is a member of Arsenal’s midfield, the German international must improve his game effort. Kai Havertz, like Martin Odegaard, must contribute to the team’s overall play on offence and defence.

He needs to be more lively and add energy to his game.
Many people consider Kai Havertz to be a sluggish performer on the pitch. The German international rarely makes threatening offensive runs to concern the opposing defence, and he needs to be physically strong enough to withstand pressure from their defenders. For the Gunners, the 23-year-old must discard his lacklustre or sloppy style of play in favour of a more energetic and dynamic attitude towards gameplay

Ultimately, Mikel Arteta wouldn’t pay £65 million for a player he didn’t think he could transform. Havertz now needs to repay the Spaniard’s faith in him or risk being on the bench.

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  1. I think most agree that Havertz has real potential. He should start on the bench IMO and used from the bench until he proves he deserves a starting spot.

    I don’t care how expensive a player is, the best player should start.

    1. I don’t agree.
      He is to slow in movement and in his thinking and his work rate is well below what is expected of an Arsenal player.
      I think he is an awful signing for Arsenal – on the level of Pepe or Mustafi.
      I just don’t like him at all.

  2. I truly believe Kai Havertz is currently have the most potential and most talented player at Arsenal. His 4 years at Chelsea stumped his growth and he is already performing more consistently than he ever did at West London. His attitude and professionalism only will improve his stature in the team. He is only 24 years old.

  3. Havertz has not proven anything more than Emile Smith Rowe or Trossard. It’s a big error to spend all those funds on him instead of signing Veiga or Zubimendi.

    Now that he is already there and Arteta must justify to his employers why all that money was spent, let him start from the bench and give way to ESR or Trossard who are capable of doing great things straight away.

    There’s simply too much pressure on Havertz and that’s not good for him and the team. integrate him from the bench graually to give him time to study how we play.

  4. We should be patient and give Havertz time. It will take him time to adjust to a new role in a team that has way more tactical responsibilty than his last season at Chelsea. And he’ll need time to gel with the players around him.

    On the flip side, the reality is about 1/3 of Arteta’s transfers haven’t panned out and Havertz obviously looks the most likely to be the new signing that is a bust.

    I’m concerned but not going to overreact for now.

    1. Great signings,

      Odegaard, Partey, Zinchenko, Trossard

      Good signings

      Ramsdale, Magalhaes, Ben, Jesus, Tomiyasu,

      Average signings

      Jorginho, Vieira, Kiwior, Turner, Cedric

      Meh signings

      Lokonga, Mari, Tavares, Marquinhos, Runarsson, Trusty

      Looking to be great (Timber, Rice)

      Likely to flop (Havertz)

      Its not 1/3 in my opinion. I see a 45% success rate out of 600+ million spent.

    2. Havertz did well against Forest and only the biased minded ones won’t see that he played well. He created scoring chances for Rice and saka and had a good ball in for Nketia though was cleared by defenders. He created a good chance for him self before Aurrier who’s footballing strength is pace and power managed to clear. People don’t see all such because of their mindsets but all said there is still a room for him to improve and he will grow into an integral part of the Arsenal squad.

      1. Thank you rogers, at last someone is watching havertz game with an open mind.
        I believe so much in havertz and his sluggish stylish game and technique

  5. People should stop mentioning the idea of giving a player more time to settle in a new club. A good and energetic player doesn’t need any time to settle down. If you watched how Sandro Tonali displayed in his debute at Newcastle game against Aston Villa yesterday, you won’t mention of giving Kai Havertz time to settle at Arsenal when he had already played in the premier league for the past three seasons. A lazy player is always a lazy player no matter the team he plays. We’re hoping for the better but continuously benching Trossard will also hamper his progress.

    1. I don’t agree with this notion, look at Grelish at City, some people were saying City wasted the money, They are not saying the same thing now.Even when Arteta took Martin Odegaard on loan, from Midrand a number of our fans were against signing, there saying Smith can play better in that position, but they can’t say the same thing now.Give players a chance to adapt.

      1. Grealish wasn’t on the starting line-up for over 2 years. Havertz should do the same and integrate gradually. Too much expectation is killing him and the club. Trossard or ESR who has proven it time and again would have been more decisive.

        Havertz is by far the most controversal signing of this window for all 20 teams. But Arteta is the boss and it’s his job that’s at risk.

        This is not a time to experiment with players. Follow what Ten Hag and Guardiola are doing. They don’t experiment.

        Ten Hag’s recruitment as well as Howe’s, is very meticulous. I place United and Newcastle before Arsenal.

        We will struggle largely because of Arteta’s reliance on Havertz and Vieira who are just average while better players are on the bench

  6. This article is on point. Havertz doesn’t display the hunger and urgency Arteta so passionately espouses. Are we supposed to believe that he displays those attributes in training, because the coach keeps telling us he picks performers and not names in his team. Is Havertz really performing at practice?
    Very hard to believe, and I’m worried ARTETA’s infatuation with him (or obligation to put R65million to good use)is masking a seriously deep problem. The sooner he, Arteta accepts the mistake of signing him, the better.

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