Paul Merson claims that Kai Havertz isn’t making an impression because he is playing in the incorrect position.
The former Arsenal analyst thinks that Havertz is a striker rather than a midfielder and that a No. 10 is the closest he can be to a midfielder.
The German was one of the most costly additions to Arsenal’s roster in the previous campaign. He cost Arsenal almost £65 million, yet in 19 games with the Gunners, he has only managed one goal and one assist.
Merson suggests that Arteta could increase Havertz’s efficiency if he used him as a striker or a No. 10. “He’s having some difficulties,” Merson said to Sky Sports. “He had a shot that was blocked; if you hit a four-in-four, it could deflect or it could hit you softly and go in.
“I’m sorry for him,” He’s not a midfield player, in my opinion. He seems like a central forward to me. At 6 feet 4 inches, he may be a No. 10.
“What he did—and Arsenal did a great job of it—was to get the ball into the box and he got inside.
“He’s a big boy.” I’m hoping he succeeds. I believe he is a unique player that is having difficulty. He is currently going through a difficult period in his profession, which everyone goes through. Hopefully, he overcomes it.
At some point, Kai Havertz will have to discover his form. He has to have Arteta’s whole faith in him back. The manager of Arsenal approved his deal because he thought he would be a valuable addition to the team, and he has kept him in the lineup in the hopes that he will eventually show the qualities he saw in him when he signed him.
I think Arteta should heed Merson’s advise and switch positions; it might be the only way to help his No. 29 succeed.