Alan Shearer and Micah Richards have agreed that Kai Havertz still needs to improve after scoring his first goal for Arsenal. The Germany international completed a £65million switch to the Emirates Stadium in the summer — joining from London rivals Chelsea.
Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka — Arsenal's usual penalty takers — opted to hand Havertz the chance to open his account for the season. The German playmaker tucked his spot kick away with confidence as every Arsenal player celebrated with him in front of the travelling away fans.
«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,» Mikel Arteta said of the heartwarming moment with Havertz. «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 sung his name and made him feel today. If there’s a player who deserves that it’s Kai Havertz so so happy for him."
Speaking on Match of the Day, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards discussed Havertz's start to life at Arsenal and his performance against Bournemouth. «I love it,» Richards replied when asked about Odegaard and Saka electing Havertz to take the second penalty of the game against Bournemouth.
«When Havertz steps up you think, 'just what he needs, a little bit of confidence'. Things have not gone well for him, we know that.
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