Arsenal may have been given further encouragement to stick with Kai Havertz despite the £65million summer signing not making the impact he would have hoped for since arriving at the Emirates.

The 24-year-old has scored just one goal – a penalty against Bournemouth – in 12 appearances so far this season but has been given the backing of a major sponsor.

Puma recently announced a long-term partnership with Havertz that will see the Arsenal star wear their boots and attire during matches, in what appears to be a big vote of confidence in the struggling star.

Havertz was clearly buoyed by the news, having signed a brand deal to become the face of Puma just a few months after swapping Chelsea for their London rivals Arsenal.

“Growing up in Germany PUMA has always been an iconic brand with some of the greatest players ever wearing their products,” Havertz said.

“PUMA has always been an innovative brand when it comes to football boots and the way they work with athletes. When I met with the team and discussed plans for the future, I knew this was the right fit for me.”