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Kai Havertz reveals what he told Bournemouth goalkeeper after penalty incident

Arsenal forward Kai Havertz has revealed what he said to the Bournemouth goalkeeper after he brought him down for a penalty.

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Kai Havertz has stood firm in his belief that the call penalty that was awarded to Arsenal against AFC Bournemouth was justified, despite objections from some quarters.

Arsenal recorded a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth in a crucial Premier League match on Saturday, with the spotlight falling on a contentious penalty decision that divided opinions. 

The big moment came when Havertz was brought down in the box by Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers. Referee David Coote swiftly pointed to the spot, a decision confirmed by VAR after a review. 

Bukayo Saka capitalised on the opportunity, converting the penalty just before halftime, setting the stage for second-half goals from Leandro Trossard and Declan Rice to seal Arsenal’s triumph.

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However, the penalty decision sparked controversy, with dissenting voices, including Arsenal legend Ian Wright, questioning its validity. Nevertheless, Havertz remained resolute in his stance, asserting to TNT Sports post-match, “I haven’t seen the replay, but I think he touches me. In the situation, I felt the contact, and that’s why I went down. For me, it’s a penalty.”

The German forward also revealed what he told Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers. “I said to the goalkeeper as well ‘you touched me’ so I think he understood as well. Maybe it’s not that clear but you can give it for sure.”

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Reflecting on the match, Kai Havertz acknowledged the challenges faced by Arsenal, noting missed opportunities in the first half and Bournemouth’s resilience. Despite the hurdles, Havertz expressed his enjoyment playing as a No.9 and praised his teammates for their support on the pitch.

 “It was a tough game, we had lots of chances in the first-half especially. We didn’t manage to score them and then it was tough in the second-half.

“They have a good team, they played quite well. At the end we are happy with the three goals and three points. I just enjoy on the pitch right now. I have so many good players behind me. It’s just fun, to play as a No.9 as well, I really enjoy that role.

“I know there’s two more games to play, we’re going to give everything. Hopefully we can enjoy the last two games and win those games. Then we’ll see where we’re going.”

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