Of all the deals that were completed in the most recent summer transfer window, Kai Havertz's £65million switch to Arsenal from Chelsea has come under more scrutiny than others.
Despite netting twice in pre-season, he was mocked online after failing in the MLS all-stars Skill Challenge and he came in for plenty of criticism for not being able to put his chances away following an otherwise impressive performance as the lone striker against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
However, his showings against Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Manchester United left a lot to be desired and there were signs inside the Emirates Stadium, particularly in the latter two fixtures, that supporters were already growing frustrated with the big-money summer recruit.
So three months into his Arsenal career and after scoring his first competitive goal for the club in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, naturally the debate surrounding Havertz is can he kick on from here? Can he make those who wrote him off so early eat their words?
After all, we have been here before with the Germany international. Just over two years ago he scored a goal in a much bigger game than Bournemouth away — the winner in the 2021 Champions League final — repaying £71million fee Chelsea splashed out to secure his signature in one swoop.
But they weren't able to get the very best from Kai Havertz. Perhaps it will be different this time. From Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka's classy gesture over the penalty to the way the Arsenal players and supporters inside the Vitality Stadium reacted to his goal, there's no doubt everyone is willing him to succeed.
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