What position will Arteta use Havertz in the Arsenal line-up?

Who knew Kai Havertz would be leaving Chelsea for Arsenal, let alone be Arteta’s first signing of the 2023 summer transfer window? But it looks like it has happened.

Havertz’s Arsenal move is expected to be announced soon. What a fine addition he is! With his arrival, Arteta has many different ways he can set up his team with Havertz in the line up. At Chelsea, he has been variously used as a striker, a No.10, a wide attacking midfielder and right winger, and as a false No.9

Use him as one of Arsenal’s No.8’s
In an attacking set-up where Jesus leads the line with Martinelli and Saka on the wings, Havertz could play alongside Odegaard as Arsenal’s double eight and take over the Xhaka role. When Arteta opts for such a set-up, Rice could play as a traditional No. 6, just like Partey did many times last season. In his breakout season at Bayer Leverkusen, the 24-year-old managed 17 league goals from midfield at only 19.

Use him as Saka’s backup
Although Trossard is Saka’s or Martinelli’s default backup, Havertz, with his powerful left foot, could be an option on this wing; he could be a reliable right-winger option if Saka is rested or injured. In such a set-up, Rice could play as one of the double 8s with Lavia as the sole No. 6, or Arteta may opt to play a double central midfield pivot of Lavia and Rice.

Use him as the striker
At times, Jesus’ form in front of the goal may be off. At these times, Arteta could look at Havertz and opt to unleash him as the number 9, or a false 9. In such games, Jesus may be benched or given a role on the right wing. Such an option may also be considered when Saka deserves a rest; the 21-year-old ought to be used sparingly, unlike he was last season. In such a scenario, Arteta may consider how to play a midfield of Lavia, Rice, and Odegaard.

Havertz’s versatility will no doubt come in handy for Arteta’s tactics. Like many Gooners, I just can’t wait for what next season has to offer.

Darren N

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  1. I am still in complete confusion, shock and dismayed by us signing a guy that has flopped at Chelsea. He has been so underwhelming chelsea fans have been saying that if they got £35 million for him they would bite any bidders hand off for that. But then we went in very hot offering £60 million plus for him.

    He might turn out a master stroker from Arteta / Edu etc but right now I am
    Not feeling this signing for such a massive amount.

    I don’t know.

    1. Je pense qu’il serait une très bonne signature. Je pense que ARTETA sera parfaitement capable de bien l’utiliser.
      En soutien de JESUS, et dans un milieu de grande qualité (si transfert réalisé) : RICE (?), ODEGAARD, HAVERTZ.

  2. You guys keep bashing Havertz and I don’t seem to understand your reasons. Tell me which player in the Chelsea team that performed better than Havertz in last two seasons. This is the same player that scored the lone goal in the UCL final and helped Chelsea to win the League. The whole of Chelsea team has been abysmal and u can’t fault Havertz alone by scapegoating him. How did your almighty Mudrick perform last season in Chelsea team? The Mudrick u all slammed ARTETA for not signing. Look guys, ARTETA knows more than you lots. He has his reasons for coughing out such huge sums to buy a player whose position is not really needed in our team as said by the fans, but the gaffer ARTETA knows better. Let’s support this Havertz pls

  3. Rice Will go to Man City and Caicedo to Chelsea so we are not gonna end up with either of them..
    Don’t 3rd option..
    This is going to be a blow for Arsenal

  4. Rice Will go to Man City and Caicedo to Chelsea so we are not gonna end up with either of them..
    Don’t 3rd option..
    This is going to be a blow for Arsenal

  5. Please give him a chance guys. He could be excellent with the right team

    Also I trust Arteta to get the right players

  6. A keep saying Havertz is a combination of Ozil and Van Persie with a little more running off the ball.

    His best position in my opinion, is in that # 10 role or that position behind the striker in a 4:2:3:1.

    Havertz will be our tallest player from midfield into the final third, like Lacazette and Jesus he has excellent hold up play skills, does that remarkable well with his back towards goal, there is tremendous benefit to receive feeding off the German.

    Have seen the German goes missing at the bridge but he can be unplayable when he’s in the mood, he seems a lover for the big games.
    I expect him to really comes alive on July 22, When Man United comes to the MetLife.

  7. People need to stop jumping to conclusions on Havertz. Let’s remember that Chelsea mis-used him as he is not a striker and in Germany he played the left side 8 role. Another thing to remember is DB10 was underperforming in Italy when we bought him and whilst it took him a while to settle in, look how that story ended. Similar with TH14, he was an out and out winger and we turned him into the most lethal striker in the league.

    1. These are the same fans who bash AFTV for being negative. They’ve not learnt from the Buendia, Ramsdale, Odegaard and Jorginho buy. Arsenal fans are never satisfied!!!

    2. GB , No you are wrong about Bergkamp, as he was widely acknowledged as a WORLD CLASS star, even before we bought him. Perhaps you are too young to remember Ian Wrights delight and astonisment to find DB would be playing with him.
      Wrights surprise and delight was typical of all Gooners ,at least those who are old enough to well remember back them and KNOW FOR CERTAIN what a true star Dennis already was

      So then, ZERO comparison with HAVERTZ , who has no top class reputation in the game at all.

      And certainly not as a true world star. Poor comparison you make.

      1. You’re right Jon, very few people have heard of him due to never winning any honours….

        Bayer Leverkusen

        DFB-Pokal runner-up: 2019–20[87]

        UEFA Champions League: 2020–21[88]
        UEFA Super Cup: 2021[89]
        FIFA Club World Cup: 2021[90]
        FA Cup runner-up: 2020–21,[91] 2021–22[92]
        EFL Cup runner-up: 2021–22[93]

        UEFA European Under-17 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016[94]
        Fritz Walter Medal U17 Silver: 2016[95]
        Fritz Walter Medal U19 Gold: 2018[96]
        Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2018–19[97]
        kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2018–19[98]
        Bundesliga Player of the Month: April 2019, May 2019,[99] May 2020[100]
        UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2019[101]
        UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2019–20[102]

        1. PAT, as far as Brits are concerned, the ONLY one of those with any clout was the CL with Chelsea. All the rest are either Mickey Mouse cups as far as Brits rate rthem And who remembers ANY runners up.

          NO league titles I see and those are what makes a reputation , not cups on their own.
          Comeon now, be realistic!

    3. Agreed
      I came to your post late
      A truly class act
      Trouble was he didn’t take to the air well 😔

  8. He played false-nine at Chelsea and did it again recently for Germany, so he’d likely start ahead of Jesus. Aside from that, we’ve got other midfielders to rotate in the AM positions

  9. I really don’t know about this one. Quality footballer and if MA can get his mind in step with his talent we may well have a gem here. In his early Chelsea days, particularly under Tuchel, he looked a class player so maybe the managerial turmoil since has affected his recent form. It’s still a risk at the quoted price but then is there not a risk in any transfer?

  10. HAVERTZ is responsible for Chelsea bad performance yet he wasn’t benched by his managers.

    I believe HAVERTZ is signed to replace Xhaka. Between Xhaka and HAVERTZ which one is better?

    Xhaka before the concluded season was never good enough at arsenal yet he’s never benched by his managers.

    Untill Arteta saw something in Xhaka, changed his position and boom everyone sees the best in him.

    The same Arteta saw something in a better, younger player than Xhaka in HAVERTZ and will change his position. So please give it time.

    1. Spending such amount on this Kai guy is not necessary and we don’t need him he can’t play like a target man. How different is he from Jesus and Nkentia. Pose go buy at least 2 defenders. I rather buy the guy from Bradford even if he is barned at the moment. Pse don’t buy this guy.

  11. In all likelihood Arteta will play Havertz either as a no.8 or as a second striker. This is where he plays his best.

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