Havertz has struggled to regain his best form since joining the Gunners in the summer.
Kai Havertz, Arsenal’s marquee summer signing, has come under increasing scrutiny as he struggles to justify his £65 million price tag. The German international’s stint with the Gunners has seen him record just one goal and a single assist in 16 appearances across all competitions.
Even the solitary goal he netted came from a penalty in a match against Bournemouth, where his teammates encouraged him to take the spot-kick. Unlike his days at Chelsea, where he thrived in attacking roles, Arsenal has often deployed him in midfield, leaving fans questioning his adaptation.
Former Premier League star Chris Sutton believes Havertz needs a breakthrough moment to regain his confidence at Arsenal.
“Havertz looks a broken man, a player with absolutely zero confidence. Having been there myself, it’s not a nice place to be. The effort is there, but he seems muddled,” Sutton told the It’s All Coming Up podcast.
“His decision-making isn’t good. He’s trying but looking at his body language… he needs a break, a big moment. Not sympathy penalties like earlier in the season.”
Havertz made another underwhelming display for Arsenal when they were knocked out of the EFL Cup against West Ham midweek. On Saturday, the Gunners return to action with a crucial Premier League match against Newcastle.