Arsenal enticed Havertz across London in one of the more unexpected moves of the summer in a deal for up to £65 million. Many instantly questioned whether he would improve his new squad and how he would even fit in there with only 19 Premier League goals in his three seasons at Chelsea.
Since then, Arsenal has changed its formation, with varied degrees of success. Havertz has yet to make an impact for Mikel Arteta’s team and is already under pressure due to his high price.
Darren Bent labeled Havertz a “passenger” with “no confidence” in August, saying that his inclusion in the Arsenal lineup has been detrimental to the team’s balance.
Even more recently, Gabby Agbonlahor implied that the Germany international “looks lost” and provides “nothing” by saying that he “looks lost.” Additionally, Don Hutchison has made note of how the addition of Havertz has ‘unbalanced’ the team.
With a contract that lasts through 2028, Havertz will need to disprove his detractors as soon as possible. The 24-year-old is certain he can, though.
He was questioned about the criticism he has been receiving while on international assignment while speaking at a press conference. Sure, activities like that keep you occupied, he replies.
But I frequently go through phases, and you frequently only see the worst. I’m not making a fresh start at a new club.
“I know that there are times like that, but of course you want to be successful as soon as possible. I make an effort to take a laid-back approach.
Between the Community Shield and the Premier League, Havertz has started all five of Arsenal’s games this year. But he has failed to score a goal or even offer an assist.
On Sunday, September 17, Arsenal will play its first game following the international break against Everton. Havertz must concentrate on Germany’s international matches against France and Japan before then.
In 37 senior matches for his country, the former Bayer Leverkusen prospect has scored 13 goals.