William Saliba said he is ‘so happy’ for Kai Havertz after the German’s crucial Arsenal winner against Brentford on Saturday.

Havertz has found form in recent weeks after making a shaky start to life at the Emirates Stadium, which left supporters underwhelmed following his £65million summer move from Chelsea.

The versatile Havertz was initially deployed in midfield by manager Mikel Arteta, who already has two orthodox strikers battling it out for minutes in Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah. But it is only since moving the ex-Chelsea man further forward that Gunners fans have seen the best of him.

A headed 86th-minute winner against Brentford was Havertz’s sixth goal contribution (four goals, two assists) in his last five matches. And it could end up being decisive when the scores are settled at the end of the season.

“I’m so happy for him,” said Saliba of his in-form team-mate. “He is a very, very good player and now he has the confidence and we are so happy to have him like that and we hope he will keep going.”

The Gunners were ambling towards a disappointing draw by the time Havertz struck late on in a 2-1 win. A glaring error from Aaron Ramsdale had allowed Yoane Wissa to level up the scores after Declan Rice’s opener for the hosts.

All three points sent Arsenal top of the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool’s showdown with Manchester City on Sunday. And Havertz admitted he is relishing his new-found importance to Arteta’s side.

“We wanted to get these points very desperately and we did it and we are very happy,” the 24-year-old told BBC Match of the Day. “It was tough for us, I think we handled it quite well. We conceded an unlucky goal but we believed and did it.

“It is nice to score and help the team. Today was very special, so close to the final whistle to win the game. Maybe even sometimes these games make you even stronger than winning four or 6-0.

“The atmosphere was amazing, the fans pushed us to the end and they help us as well. Everyone is in this together – the players, the staff and the fans.”

With Arsenal sitting pretty in the Premier League, Havertz could be called upon to make the difference again on Tuesday evening, when the Gunners host Porto in the hope of clawing back a one-goal aggregate deficit to make it into the Champions League quarter-finals.