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Willam Gallas says he is not fully convinced by in-form Arsenal star

William Gallas has voiced reservations about the goal-scoring ability of Arsenat star despite finding his stride at the Emirates

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Former Arsenal defender William Gallas
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Former Arsenal defender William Gallas has voiced reservations about Kai Havertz’s goal-scoring performance despite the German midfielder finding his stride at the Emirates.

Arsenal secured Havertz’s signature from Chelsea for a hefty £65 million during the summer transfer window. However, the German faced a slow start to his tenure at the club, prompting questions about his optimal position. It took several matches for Havertz to register his first goal for Arsenal, which came from the penalty spot in a game against Bournemouth.

Since then, Havertz has improved his game, tallying seven goals this season, including a crucial late winner against Brentford. Nevertheless, Gallas is not entirely convinced about the player’s overall impact, considering the significant transfer fee involved. 

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Gallas stated in an interview with Lord Ping, “At the beginning, I didn’t understand why Arsenal signed him. Even though he’s scored in his last few games, I’m not convinced he’ll have a great season.”

Arsenal star Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz has scored 7 goals this season for Arsenal (Image credit: Getty Images)

On his expectations for the German, Gallas said, “For the price they bought him, he has to score 15 goals this season, but I don’t think he’ll score that many goals this season.” 

Havertz’s most prolific season in terms of goals since arriving in England in 2020 is 14, achieved during his second campaign with Chelsea. Notably, he showcased his goal-scoring ability with 38 goals in his final two seasons at Bayer Leverkusen.

Despite Gallas’s reservations, Havertz has been a consistent presence in Arsenal’s starting lineup, featuring in 18 of the team’s 26 league games and making appearances off the bench in seven more. Mikel Arteta continues to place his trust in the 24-year-old midfielder.

In response to his recent goal-scoring success, Havertz expressed the positive impact on his confidence, stating, “Your confidence always goes high when you score and contribute. I’m happy, and now it’s about being consistent with it, regularly week-by-week, and trying to keep that form going.”

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