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Mikel Arteta loves what much criticised Arsenal star brings to the team

Whereas Gary Neville is not happy with the Arsenal player’s contributions to the team, Mikel Arteta is satisfied with what the player brings to the team.

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Mikel Arteta has come out in support of Kai Havertz, defending the player amidst criticism from pundits, especially Gary Neville.

Despite scathing remarks from former Manchester United captain Gary Neville regarding Havertz’s performance, Arteta expressed his admiration for the German star, hailing his versatility and positive impact on the team.

Mikel Arteta and Kai Havertz

Mikel Arteta and Kai Havertz (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“I love him,” Arteta declared at the press conference for this weekend’s Premier League clash vs Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Gunners boss added “ “I think we all love him as a player, as a person, everything that he brings to the team.

“There were two or three moments the other day at 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 with how he attracts people, how he’s constantly attacking the box and how he affects the play that I really like.

“If you ask him to play as a nine, as a left-attacking midfielder, as a right-attacking midfielder, on the base defending, he does it. He’s just a joy to work with,” Arteta said.

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Neville’s recent criticism of the German star shortcomings came during the recent win against Liverpool, after Havertz arrived late to a Bukayo Saka cross during the first half, the Neville asked while on commentary for Sky Sports: “How many times this season have I seen and am going to see an Arsenal centre-forward who isn’t actually a centre forward arrive too late in the box when the cross comes in?

“It’s so frustrating to watch, it’s Havertz who comes in late on his heels – he needs to be there earlier. He needs to get across his man, he’s in no-man’s-land, he’ll never be found by Saka in the position he’s in.”

Arsenal are in the market for a new forward, at the moment, Arteta has no problems with his team and is looking to get the best from his team until the end of the season.

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