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Mikel Arteta admits to transfer mistake amidst Kai Havertz’s rise at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has opened up about the complexities of transfer decisions, admitting the inevitability of making mistakes

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has opened up about the complexities of transfer decisions, admitting the inevitability of making mistakes in recruitment, particularly when discussing the signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea. 

The 24-year-old German initially struggled to find his footing at the Emirates Stadium but has since emerged as an important player in Arsenal’s title challenge, notably scoring twice in their recent 5-0 victory over his former club Chelsea.

As Arsenal continue their preparations for the highly anticipated North London derby against Tottenham, Arteta faced questions about Havertz’s acquisition and the club’s transfer strategy. “It’s not my decision, it’s our decision,” Arteta said, highlighting the collaborative nature of transfer decisions within the club.

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“Sometimes you’re going to make mistakes, I try to minimize them, and try to at least generate the environment, and everything that the players need to fulfill their potential,” Arteta reflected on the complexities of player recruitment and development.

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In addition to discussing transfer strategies, Arteta also expressed his desire to challenge the predictions of the Opta Supercomputer, which currently favours Manchester City to clinch the Premier League title. 

“Hopefully we can trick that computer and make it a bit higher!” Arteta quipped, expressing optimism about Arsenal’s chances of glory. “Maybe it needs to upload the software, we need to help it to upload the software, or give it more tools. Hopefully we can change that!”

Furthermore, Arteta praised Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglu for his tactical clarity and team identity, highlighting his admiration for Postecoglu’s coaching style and the impact he has had at previous clubs. 

“I knew him when he was in the Australian national team, and when he was in Japan as well, I followed him when he was at Celtic, and he’s always been super clear with a really clear direction and identity of how his teams play, and I love the way his teams play. So, I think he’s been very good.”

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