Declan Rice says that Kai Havertz’s first goal for Arsenal was an emotional moment for all involved, as the Gunners romped to a 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It was 2-0 when we were awarded our second penalty of the day, and after scoring one already, it looked as if Martin Odegaard would take it. However, he took time to consult with Gabriel Jesus, and handed the ball to the summer signing who has struggled to make an impact since his arrival from Chelsea.
The 24 year old put the ball down, buried the spot kick, and was mobbed by his teammates. That was immediately followed by a non-stop rendition of a Kai Havertz song from the travelling faithful.
🎶 Waka waka, eh, eh,
£60M down the drain,
Kai Havertz scores again 🎶
— Gunners (@Gunnersc0m) September 30, 2023
Speaking afterwards, fellow summer arrivee Rice told the official Arsenal website, “It was emotional, for the fans, for Kai, for everyone involved, because we want him to succeed so much.
“Honestly, he works his socks off every day in training. In games he gives absolutely everything.
“He’s had chances to score this year, hadn’t scored yet, but today to slot away a penalty in that high pressure moment, shows the mindset that he’s got, shows the talent he’s got and his all-round performance was so special, I’m so happy for him.”
Mikel Arteta also thanked fans for their support of the Germany international, saying, “I’m so thankful to our supporters the way they sang his name, have made him feel in the way he has felt today and if there’s a person in a dressing room that deserve that, it’s Kai Havertz.
“We have all tried to give him support and the right tools to do what he has to do, he’s doing so many great things in the game, it was about that moment, that was the question that had to be resolved.
“Today, he’s done it and to show that level of empathy and understanding and worrying and caring for somebody, it’s just great.”
Let’s hope that eases some of the pressure on him, and he can kick on from here.