Arteta: Havertz's goal will change everything

1 Oct 2023
Kai Havertz, Arsenal

Arsenal manager hails goalscorer and togetherness of Gunners' squad following 4-0 win at Bournemouth

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Mikel Arteta believes that Kai Havertz's first goal for Arsenal will "probably change everything" following a difficult start to his career at Emirates Stadium.

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A big-money signing from Chelsea in the summer, Havertz had failed to score or assist in his nine appearances across all competitions for the Gunners until Saturday's 4-0 win at AFC Bournemouth.

When Martin Odegaard was fouled inside the area by Ryan Christie, Bukayo Saka handed the spot-kick duty to Havertz, and the German was engulfed by his delighted team-mates after he slotted home from 12 yards.

"It will probably change everything," Arteta told the club's official website, "But first of all, if he had any question marks about how we feel about him, how much we love him, how much we appreciate everything that he does, I think that’s out.

"We have all tried to give him support and the right tools to do what he has to do. He’s doing so many great things in the game. It was about that moment, that was the question that had to be resolved, and today he’s done it.

"To show that level of empathy and understanding and worrying and caring for somebody, it’s just great.

"I am really happy for the win, but even happier to be part of something, part of a team that shows the human qualities that they have shown today."

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Midfielder Declan Rice joined every other Arsenal outfield player in celebrating with Havertz, and spoke in glowing terms about his team-mate.

"It was emotional, for the fans, for Kai, for everyone involved, because we want him to succeed so much," said Rice.

“Honestly, he works his socks off every day in training. In games he gives absolutely everything.

"He’s had chances to score this year, hadn’t scored yet, but today to slot away a penalty in that high pressure moment, shows the mindset that he’s got, shows the talent he’s got and his all-round performance was so special, I’m so happy for him.”

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