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Pundit Chris Sutton believes Mikel Arteta has a broken player at Arsenal

Chris Sutton says one Arsenal player plays like a broken man and struggles with his decision-making

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BBC pundit Chris Sutton has expressed concerns about Arsenal’s summer signing Kai Havertz, describing him as a “broken” player who seems to be struggling with confidence and decision-making.

Havertz, who arrived at Arsenal from Chelsea for a hefty fee of £65 million during the summer transfer window, has faced criticism due to his relatively low goal involvement. 

The 24-year-old has managed just one goal and one assist in 15 appearances across all competitions. This has led to speculation that Arsenal might be in the market for a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window.

Sutton’s remarks came after Arsenal’s EFL Cup exit at the hands of West Ham, where they suffered a 3-1 defeat. The loss raised questions about Havertz’s form and performance.

The BBC pundit suggested that Havertz’s body language indicates a player who is low on confidence and struggling to make the right decisions on the field. 

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Kai Havertz is struggling to justify his £65 million move from Chelsea last summer (Image credit: Getty Images)

He emphasized that while Havertz is putting in effort, he appears to be in need of a breakthrough moment to regain his confidence.

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Sutton also mentioned that Havertz doesn’t require any special treatment like sympathy penalties, as he needs to find his form naturally.

“He looks like a player, before you ask what it’s like to be a failed striker at Chelsea, he looks like me,” said Sutton after Arsenal’s defeat to West Ham.

“Let’s get back to the serious chat. Havertz does look like a broken man, a player with zero confidence, it’s not a nice place to be, his decision making is muddled. He’s half a yard off it. 

“He’s trying, but if you look at his body language, he needs a break, he needs a big moment, he doesn’t need the ball throwing at him and given sympathy penalties like he was earlier this season.”

Havertz’s struggles at Arsenal have led to discussions about how best to utilize the talented German international and help him regain his best form.

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