Ian Wright says one Arsenal player has a bit of a nasty side to him

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised Kai Havertz’s “gnarliness” in wake of the Gunners’ Champions League last-16 win over Porto.

The Arsenal icon, speaking on Wrighty’s House after the game, says he quite likes the fact Havertz “can’t help himself”.


Havertz is now firing on all cylinders for the Gunners after needing half a season or so to acclimatise to his new club.

The 24-year-old impressed in Arsenal’s win over Porto and even showed a more ‘dark arts’ side to him.

Havertz was involved in a touchline altercation with Porto boss Sergio Conceicao during the match.


The Arsenal man collided with the coach while trying to keep the ball in play before appearing to push him away.

The incident sparked an angry reaction from the Porto bench, as both dugouts became involved in a heated exchange.

Havertz – who was already on a booking – was given a warning from the referee but avoided getting another card.

The Germany international also risked a sending off against Brentford. He was accused of diving but escaped a second booking.

Kai Havertz is now ‘confident’ and ‘scoring goals’ for Arsenal
Wright believes Havertz is playing exactly how he did earlier this season, but now he’s more confident and he’s integrated better into the team, we’re seeing what he’s truly capable of.

“He’s got the way he plays, his mannerisms, this kind of gangly, loping kind of vibe,” said Wright. “We’ve seen that now.

“When he’s at his best he’s exactly how he was at the start of the season but now he’s confident, he’s scoring goals.

“But the way he plays hasn’t changed. Now we’re used to him, people know what he’s capable of.

“And we can see he’s got a little bit of gnarliness in him. He can’t help himself. And I quite like that.”

It’s great to see Havertz firing on all cylinders. Not only is he doing well on the pitch and is liked in the dressing room, but having a little bit of the ‘dark arts’ is something every top team needs.


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