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BBC pundit makes big confession about Arsenal star who has proved him wrong

BBC Pundit Garth Crooks who is not a fan of Arsenal star has confessed that the player has proven him wrong this season

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The resounding 3-2 victory over Tottenham this weekend has earned Arsenal praise from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has selected three Gunners players in his latest team of the week despite lingering doubts over forward Kai Havertz.

In a scintillating first half, Arsenal showcased their abundant attacking talents as Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz found the back of the net, while Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice contributed from set-pieces. The dominant display against Tottenham has reinforced Arsenal’s title aspirations, with fans hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s late-season collapse.

Despite concerns over Arsenal’s durability throughout the season, their strong showing against Tottenham has allayed some fears. In his team of the week selection for the BBC, Crooks opted for Havertz, acknowledging the German’s improved performances since joining Arsenal. However, Crooks admitted to harbouring reservations about Havertz’s ability, even as he recognizes the player’s recent contributions.

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“I cannot say I am a fan of Kai Havertz. I was not when he played for Chelsea and I am not now he plays for Arsenal,” Crooks writes.

“I must however accept that the German looks a different player for the Gunners than he was at Stamford Bridge. I was shocked the player who clearly struggled at Chelsea still commanded a fee of £60m and I could not understand why Arsenal bought him. 

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“He has taken a while to acclimatise to the way the Gunners like to play but has put his experience and obvious ability to excellent use under Mikel Arteta. At no time this season has the player looked uncomfortable or out of his depth and I would not have said that when he was playing for Chelsea.

“Havertz proved to be a handful against Spurs and once again showed just how technically competent he is as a player.”

Despite initial scepticism, Havertz has proven his worth to Arsenal, displaying technical prowess and delivering impactful performances when it matters most. His recent displays against Chelsea and Tottenham have demonstrated his ability to trouble opposing defences and contribute significantly to Arsenal’s success.

While some questioned Havertz’s ability to perform in crucial moments, his performances for Arsenal this season have silenced doubters and highlighted his importance to the team.

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