Mikel Arteta shifted the focus away from Kai Havertz when questioned about the German’s slow start at Arsenal.
Arteta made a significant £65 million ($80 million) signing of Havertz during the summer transfer window. Havertz had one of his most notable moments at Chelsea when he scored the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final.
However, Arteta allowed veteran Granit Xhaka to depart for Bayer Leverkusen, and Havertz has often been deployed in a deeper midfield role. Despite his limited contributions with just one goal and one assist this season, Arteta seems to be downplaying any concerns.
When questioned about Kai Havertz’s sluggish start at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta preferred to highlight the team’s collective responsibilities. Despite Havertz’s slow beginning, Arsenal has had a strong start to their league campaign.
“I’m not going to put it on any individual. We are a team,” the Spaniard told a press conference on Friday.
Even though Arsenal is just two points behind their rivals Tottenham in the Premier League standings, they faced a setback in the League Cup this week. Kai Havertz played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal failed to advance past West Ham at the London Stadium. This puts more emphasis on their upcoming league match against Newcastle on Saturday.