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Former PL striker claims Arsenal star’s role under Arteta is killing him psychologically

Arsenal signed the former Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz during the summer transfer window for a substantial amount of money.

The Gunners paid in the region of £65 million for the German international but he has not been able to live up to the expectations so far. The 24-year-old has five goals in 28 appearances across all competitions and the London club expected more from him when they decided to pay a premium.

Havertz helped Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League title during his time at Stamford Bridge, but he was not a prolific goalscorer for them either. At Arsenal, his overall display has been quite underwhelming as well.

Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton believes that using the German international as a number nine is killing him psychologically and he is not suited to that role. It will be interesting to see if Mikel Arteta is willing to use him in the number ten role, where he thrived during his time in the Bundesliga

It is evident that the 24-year-old is not a reliable finisher and he will not be able to lead the line for Arsenal successfully. They must look to invest in a reliable poacher in the coming months.

With that said, he is not an elite creator as well. Martin Odegaard is far more effective in that role. It will be interesting to see if Arteta can accommodate the German in a role that brings out the best in him. There is no doubt that he is a world-class talent but the Gunners have not been able to use him effectively so far

On no account should Havertz and Odegaard be on the pitch at the same time if Arsenal want to excel. Arteta’s poor tactics and formation is killing the club. Havertz and Odegaard should be rotated in central midfield while Partey and Rice should be rotated in defensive midfield position.
Smith Rowe is our natural attacking midfielder who plays directly behind Martinelli, Nketiah and Saka upfront, as you can see the beautiful result of that formation from the 5 nil spanking of Sheffield United. We only managed to win a similar club, Luton, by the last kick of the game, with Arteta’s normal poor formation of starting Havertz and Odegaard at the same time, which destabilise the team.
It will be very dangerous to sell Partey and replace with Onana. Partey still have 3 more years to play on a high level and replacing him with Onana who you don’t know if he’s going to be another ‘ Calvin Philips at Man City’ is very dangerous. Arteta likes playing dangerous games that is killing Arsenal.
A good club with good management would have been talking of replacing Arteta with Fulham’s Silva

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