Kai Havertz was pictured giving Arsenal teammate Declan Rice a piggyback as he aims to make an impact on the club’s Champions League return. Signed from Chelsea for £65million, the German knows all about European football’s elite competition.
Havertz scored the only goal of the game two years ago to thwart Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City juggernaut and claim the Blues’ second Champions League title. The excitement around the Emirates Stadium is reaching fever pitch as Arsenal return to the competition for the first time in seven years against PSV Eindhoven tonight.
Havertz outlined his ambitions to lift the cup with the Gunners after making the switch across London in June. «I think the Champions League is a special tournament and I think every football player just loves to play there,» he said.
«I was fortunate to win the trophy and, for me, it was the best feeling I've ever had. So to play there again next season with Arsenal is very exciting for me. Hopefully I can bring some good attributes into the team, hopefully to win the trophy again. Because I think it's the most special trophy to win.»
An underwhelming start to life at Arsenal has resulted in the 24-year-old failing to score or assist in any of his opening five appearances. It remains unclear whether Havertz is better suited to playing as a number eight or in a more advanced position.
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At Chelsea, he was predominantly used as an out-and-out striker, a role Mikel Arteta has previously hinted at as an option. Despite his below-par start, Havertz appeared unfazed as he trainedRead on football.london