OPINION: Kai Havertz to rekindle world-class form with Arsenal as Mikel Arteta plans his dream line-up

Kai Havertz can rekindle his world-class form after Arsenal switch thanks to Mikel Arteta’s plan for dream attacking line-up

Arsenal have secured an agreement to sign Kai Havertz from Chelsea.p

 

The Spaniard was integral to getting the deal done, and his vision for the German international was exactly what he was looking for. So much so that interest from the likes of Bayern Munich was completely dismissed by the player.In terms of where he might fit into the team, many speculated that it could be to rotate with Gabriel Jesus, having played plenty of football at Chelsea in the front three. However, a dream scenario for the player is more likely to see him go back to his routes at Bayer Leverkusen.

Although in Germany he did also play in the forward line, often as a centre-forward, particularly toward the end of his final season with the Bundesliga side, he thrived elsewhere. Another German success story from Leverkusen has been Julian Brandt.

Now at Borussia Dortmund, Brandt was a player persistently linked with a move to Arsenal also, although he signed a new deal with BVB this summer to put to rest any speculation. At Leverkusen both Brandt and Havertz occupied two attacking midfield roles, with Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz anchoring the three.

Havertz therefore could slot into the position in the Arsenal team alongside Martin Odegaard. Granit Xhaka was the midfield partner to the Norwegian last season and scored seven goals, adding a further seven assists across all competitions.Havertz and Xhaka are two very different players, but roles aren’t married to one individual and it is the job of the coach to maximise the potential of a player in the position they’re deployed. Havertz is one of the hardest-working forward players without the ball, much to do with his past playing in central midfield.

 

He has spoken about his favoured role before with Marca. He said: “I would say the No.8 position, inside right.

“I’m not a classic No.10, but I like to have the ball at my feet, simply enjoying myself on the pitch. I’ve played in many other positions, but I prefer to play in the centre, where I have more of the ball.”

Now, it might be that he has to adapt to playing inside left instead if Arteta wishes to persist with Odegaard in the role. Alternatively, it could be Havertz offers rotation to Odegaard with Fabio Vieira having been deployed in rotation with Xhaka last season.Yet it seems that Havertz could find freedom working in tandem with Odegaard and give Arsenal much more attacking threat from midfield. The move remains a risk but ultimately an exciting one the club will embark on.

Dream Arsenal XI with Havertz: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Martinelli