Paul Merson admits he sympathises with struggling Arsenal star Kai Havertz who he believes is being played in the wrong position by his manager Mikel Arteta.

The former Chelsea star spent the majority of his career at Stamford Bridge in a central striking role, but Arteta has attempted to turn the Germany international into a midfielder.

‘He’s struggling a bit,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘He had a shot that got blocked, if you’ve got four in four you hit that and it gets deflected or you hit it sweetly and it goes in.

‘I feel sorry for him, I don’t think he’s a midfield player I think he’s a centre forward. He’s 6ft 4in, maybe he’s a No.10.

‘What he did do and they did well Arsenal they got the ball in the box and he got in the box.

‘He’s a big lad I hope he does well I think he’s a special player and he’s struggling. Everyone struggles in their career and he’s having that moment and the moment and hopefully he gets through it.’