Aaron Ramsdale offers honest thoughts on Kai Havertz after Chelsea move to Arsenal
While Declan Rice stole the transfer limelight at Arsenal with a club-record transfer, it’s arguable that Kai Havertz’s deal has most of the buzz.
The Germany international didn’t have the best time at Chelsea last season, so it begs the question of why Mikel Arteta is taking him across London to launch a charge for Arsenal’s Premier League title.
Well, Aaron Ramsdale certainly liked what he saw from the 24-year-old in pre-season and mentioned how he would “protect his players” when he was still at Chelsea. ’ and displayed an “active” personality during the game, as he told TNT Sports.
All that, and better form, will be needed at the Emirates Stadium next season as the Gunners once again contend for the Premier League title.
While Havertz has yet to win a Premier League title, he did score the winner in the Euro Cup final, so he knows how to make a difference in big games, as Lambdale was honest and open about his new team-mate.
“He’s very versatile,” Ramsdale said. “I think I’ve played against him a few times and he’s played as a No. 9, a No. 10, on the right and in midfield, so he’s a guy who brings a lot of quality.
“He will also bring a lot of experience; he scored the winning goal in the Champions League final, [he has] On behalf of the German national team, he was the captain of Bayer Leverkusen when he played.
“He will bring a lot of quality to our team and I’m looking forward to it.
“I also think he has something about him too. A bit petty. He doesn’t shy away, he protects his team-mates. When we used to play against Chelsea, he was always there looking after his players. I’m looking forward to him joining me team.”
Havertz has a lot to prove
There are a lot of doubts about the German, so next season he has to go out there and silence his critics. He needs it for fuel.
Given the negative talk about his signing, if he shows positive signs under Arteta, the noise around him will be overhyped.
Arteta is key here as he has shown he is capable of getting the best out of his players, whether they come out of the academy, an unknown number from Brazil, a mega-money signing, or something like Struggling star Granit Xhaka left recently, so Havertz has every chance of being a very, very good signing for the club.