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Mikel Arteta has £65m solution to Arsenal problems staring him in the face for Liverpool clash

Mikel Arteta should consider using £65million summer signing Kai Havertz at centre-forward when Liverpool visit Arsenal in the FA Cup this weekend

Kai Havertz has had a difficult time since arriving at Arsenal and even after a good couple of months in a Gunners’ shirt he is yet to show his best and convince the majority of supporters he was a worthy investment. Mikel Arteta has used the German international in a manner of different positions.

Even his national coach Julian Nagelsmann used him as an unorthodox left-back during a recent international match. It seems that the 24-year-old cannot be nailed to a specific role but overall he has mainly been used in the left-sided attacking midfield position.
His best contributions have come inside the penalty area where he scored against Brentford, Sevilla, Luton Town and Brighton. Getting him into these positions with the ball has been the most successful part of his time with the club.
With that in mind, therefore, perhaps Mikel Arteta needs to consider replicating how he started off the season. As Arsenal lined up to take on Manchester City in the Community Shield and without the then-injured Gabriel Jesus, Havertz was selected to lead the line.
He had two good chances in the box which were dealt with well in the end but this was right at the start of his time at the club. Now integrated into the group and far more familiar with his teammates, to revisit this would come at an appropriate time.

The FA Cup clash with Liverpool this week provides a good platform away from the pressures of the league to give it a go. It would also free up space to bring Jorginho and Declan Rice back into the midfield to add further control and better, direct passing to the team.

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He had two good chances in the box which were dealt with well in the end but this was right at the start of his time at the club. Now integrated into the group and far more familiar with his teammates, to revisit this would come at an appropriate time.

The FA Cup clash with Liverpool this week provides a good platform away from the pressures of the league to give it a go. It would also free up space to bring Jorginho and Declan Rice back into the midfield to add further control and better, direct passing to the team.

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Arteta needs to find something different to what he has already used because teams are working the Gunners out and finding it much easier to defend against their attacks. The wide players are being forced close to the touchline whilst the middle is flooded with players, coping comfortably with any potential in-roads when they eventually come.

There is a lack of speed and urgency in the Gunners’ build-up and perhaps Havertz’s languid style is part of that problem. It is time to try and elevate his biggest strengths – which are in the penalty area – and push down the drawbacks.

Liverpool, unlike many of Arsenal’s opponents, will not be sitting back and defending deep and there will be spaces to create opportunities like there were at Anfield. Other players like Emile Smith Rowe could also be given an opportunity here and find some form in a period of true difficulty in such a tense season.

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