Kai Havertz scored his first goal for Arsenal on Saturday in the Gunners' 4-0 Premier League win over AFC Bournemouth. The German has struggled to adapt to life under Mikel Arteta but the win at the Vitality Stadium will live long in the memory for the attacker.
Prior to this weekend's fixture, Havertz had been the victim of criticism from supporters and pundits. alike The 24-year-old cost the north Londoners £65million from Chelsea in the summer but had failed to prove his worth in his opening nine games.
Having failed to score or assist, Havertz netted for the first time in his colours at Bournemouth when he converted from the penalty spot. Usual penalty takers Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard allowed the versatile forward the chance to end his run in front of goal, a decision that went down well with Arteta.
«I'm really happy for the win, but I'm even happier to be part of a team that shows the human qualities that they did today,» he said. «Without me telling them nothing, to show that empathy to a player that has some question marks to resolve externally, they warmed me even more today.
»They've done it in a really natural way. I'm delighted they made that decision. And so thankful as well to our supporters for the way they sang his name and made him feel today. If there's a player who deserves that it's Kai Havertz. So, so happy for him."
Asked what the goal could do for his confidence, the Gunners boss continued: «Probably it will change everything. If he had any question marks about how we feel about him, about what he does, I think they are out.
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