“He’s a very good player technically” – Alan Smith suggests Arsenal star ‘can be better’ than Granit Xhaka 

Granit Xhaka (via Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka (via Getty Images)

Football pundit Alan Smith claims new signing Kai Havertz could be a better player than former Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

The Switzerland international moved to Bayer Leverkusen this summer for a reported fee of €15 million after enjoying a successful last season with the Gunners. In a slightly advanced midfield role, Xhaka chipped in with seven goals and seven assists from 37 Premier League appearances in the 2022-23 campaign.

Havertz, who's seemingly taken up the Xhaka role this season, is yet to find his feet under Mikel Arteta. He has failed to record a single goal contribution in the English top flight after starting all four of the north London outfit's league fixtures.

However, Smith has backed the Germany international, saying (via TBR):

"I’m not saying it’ll take [Kai] Havertz a season but he’s just finding his feet in that squad, in that dressing room and in that first XI. I think he’s a very good player technically, I think he can be a good player for us and I heard [Mikel] Arteta say he wants to be getting himself in the box on the end of things, a bit like [Granit] Xhaka did last season."
"I think Havertz can be better than that as he’s got more of an attacking instinct and he is a good finished when he gets in those positions."

Havertz completed a move to the Emirates from Chelsea in a £65 million deal this summer. Although the German played as a centre-forward for Chelsea, he recorded just 19 goals from 91 appearances in the Premier League.

"He has just slashed his foot at it" - Pundit on incredible Kai Havertz miss in Arsenal's 3-1 win against Manchester United

Kai Havertz for Arsenal (via Getty Images)
Kai Havertz for Arsenal (via Getty Images)

Football pundit and Arsenal icon Ian Wright weighed in on Kai Havertz's shocking miss in the Gunners' 3-1 victory against Manchester United on September 3.

With the game in the balance at 0-0, the Germany international slashed hard at a glorious opportunity, failing to connect and find the back of the net from seven yards out. Reacting to the incident, Wright said (via Football London):

"He needs to settle himself down. There is a lot of talk about him. It's a great touch. A great touch! But he has just slashed his foot at it. Instead of just watching it. Anything on target and you score."

To make matters worse, a misplaced pass from Havertz led to Marcus Rashford's opener that put Manchester United 1-0 up. After going a goal down, Martin Odegaard equalized from the restart. Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored late goals to ensure the three points for Arsenal.

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