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Former Arsenal captain predicts one summer signing will be a flop

William Gallas, Arsenal
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Is Kai Havertz a signing Arsenal needed this summer? Former Gunners captain and defender William Gallas doesn’t think so.

William Gallas, a former Arsenal and Chelsea defender, has criticized the Gunners’ £65 million signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea.

Even though Havertz scored some important goals for Chelsea, the German’s performances were not only inconsistent, but not to Gallas’ liking at all.

In fact, when Arsenal signed Havertz in July, they surprised Gallas as he doubts the 24-year-old will do any better at the Emirates than he did at Stamford Bridge

“I don’t think so,” the former Gunners captain told Gambling Zone on if Arsenal can get the best out of Havertz.

“I don’t believe Havertz was a player that Arsenal needed to sign this summer. For me, even when he was at Chelsea, he was never consistent enough. He didn’t put in enough good performances.

“When I saw Arsenal were signing him, I didn’t really understand it. I was surprised that they signed him.”

Gallas played for Arsenal from 2006 to 2010 after representing Chelsea between 2001 and 2006. He made 142 appearances for the Gunners and succeeded Thierry Henry as the club’s captain in 2007.

He never won a title at the Emirates and made a controversial transfer to local rivals Tottenham in 2010, before retiring three years later in Perth.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will begin their latest Premier League campaign on Saturday. They’ll welcome Nottingham Forest to the Emirates, hoping to build on last season’s second-place finish.

Aside from Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber have also joined Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s side prepare to launch a fresh tilt at Premier League glory.

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