Arsenal’s pursuit of Kai Havertz has hit a roadblock after their initial bid of £55 million was rejected by Chelsea. However, ongoing talks between the two clubs have raised hopes of reaching an agreement on the transfer fee.
The German international’s potential move to Arsenal has sparked discussions about where he would fit into the team.
In a previous interview, Havertz expressed his preference for playing as a No. 8 or on the inside right position, rather than a classic No. 10. He enjoys having the ball at his feet and excelling in a central role.
Considering Havertz’s preferred position, there might be room for him alongside Martin Odegaard, with the two players operating on opposite sides.
Arsenal’s interest in Declan Rice suggests the possibility of an attacking lineup, with Rice anchoring a midfield trio consisting of Odegaard and Havertz.
However, despite his desire to wear the No. 10 shirt, Arsenal won’t be able to fulfill that dream for Havertz. The number is currently occupied by Christian Pulisic at Chelsea, and Emile Smith Rowe holds the No. 10 shirt at Arsenal. Smith Rowe’s uncertain future at the club could potentially open the door for Havertz in the future.
Interestingly, Havertz’s idols are all attacking players known for their ball-playing abilities. He mentioned Kaka, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, and his favorite among Spanish players, Andres Iniesta, as sources of inspiration. He also admires Toni Kroos for his passing ability and combination play.
Havertz has also spoken about Mesut Ozil, the last German player to have a significant role in the Arsenal team before leaving under controversial circumstances. Havertz hopes that his potential Arsenal career will be more positive.
In terms of playing style, Havertz possesses excellent skills in possession, resembling his idols in their ability to control the game. His technical ability and passing skills make him an exciting prospect for Arsenal, should the transfer materialize.
Although negotiations are ongoing, Arsenal’s inability to fulfill Havertz’s dream of wearing the No. 10 shirt could be a factor to consider.
Nevertheless, if the transfer goes through, Havertz could bring a new dimension to Arsenal’s attacking lineup, showcasing his talent alongside players like Odegaard and potentially Declan Rice.