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Paul Merson labels £220k-a-week Arsenal star a ‘big-game player’

Paul Merson has praised the significant contributions of one Arsenal star towards the club’s push for a first Premier League title in 20-years.

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Arsenal continue their chase for English Premier League glory when they face Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

With Manchester City not scheduled to play until later in the day, Mikel Arteta’s side have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.

After a shocking defeat to Aston Villa threatened to derail their title hopes, Arsenal have bounced back admirably, securing three consecutive victories. Among the key contributors to this resurgence is Kai Havertz, whose stellar performances have not gone unnoticed.

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has heaped praise on Havertz, labeling him as a proper “big-game player” in his latest analysis. Despite facing criticism earlier in the season following his big-money move, Havertz has silenced his doubters with his exemplary displays on the field.

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Merson commended Havertz for his intelligence and adaptability, highlighting his versatility by referencing his occasional deployment as a left-back for the German national team.

Merson wrote: “Kai Havertz’s signing was heavily criticized at the start of the season, but he’s shown his class during the title run-in and is a proper big-game player.

“I was always a fan of him, he’s such a clever player who suits the way Arsenal play. Germany use him as a left-back at times which just goes to show that managers always want him on the pitch.”

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Such praise underscores the impact that Havertz has had on Arsenal’s style of play and his importance to Arteta’s plans.

The journey has not been without its challenges, with Havertz initially struggling to find his footing at Arsenal. However, his perseverance and determination have paid off, with his recent performances showcasing the talent that attracted attention from top clubs across Europe.

As Arsenal gears up to face Bournemouth, Havertz’s form will be crucial in maintaining the pressure on Manchester City and keeping the title race alive.

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