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Graeme Souness says he still has real doubts over £65m Arsenal player

Former Liverpool midfielder turned television and radio pundit Graeme Souness still isn’t convinced by one Arsenal player despite his terrific form.

Arsenal picked up a 1-0 away victory against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon to move back to the summit of the Premier League table.

The Gunners are now a point clear of Manchester City, who have a game in hand against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening.

Leandro Trossard was the match-winner after he converted a great cutback from Kai Havertz, who has really grown into his Arsenal role.

Though, Souness still has reservations about Havertz.

Graeme Souness says Kai Havertz isn’t aggressive enough
Souness, speaking on talkSPORT’s Monday morning show (10:12am), revealed that he’s still not totally convinced by Havertz due to his physicality.

“I am with Simon on this one. I still have reservations (over Havertz). I don’t think he is aggressive enough,” the 71-year-old said.

Simon Jordan: “He is a modern-day Alan Smith.”

Jim White: “Who is aggressive enough in your eyes, Graeme?”

Souness: “There are a lot of them out there, there are a lot of them out there.”

Jordan: “Haaland is aggressive.”

The trio had a few exchanges over Souness’ comment but there is an element of truth in what he said, as the statistics evince.

Kai Havertz’ statistics
Being aggressive is a wider term for winning duels and being forceful in challenges.

And Havertz’ defensive statistics compared to his positional peers around Europe don’t make for particularly great reading.

As per FBref, the £65m man ranks in the bottom 10 per cent for tackles and interceptions and his blocks and clearances statistics are also low.

So, perhaps Souness has a point in that regard but otherwise, the 24-year-old is excelling in most metrics.

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Kai Havertz’ statistics
Being aggressive is a wider term for winning duels and being forceful in challenges.

And Havertz’ defensive statistics compared to his positional peers around Europe don’t make for particularly great reading.

As per FBref, the £65m man ranks in the bottom 10 per cent for tackles and interceptions and his blocks and clearances statistics are also low.

So, perhaps Souness has a point in that regard but otherwise, the 24-year-old is excelling in most metrics.

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