Arsenal face Sevilla in the Champions League tomorrow evening, and do so with a player who has scored a winner in the final of this illustrious competition.
Summer signing Kai Havertz netted the only goal as Chelsea beat Man City in the 2021 showdown, and that experience is something that Mikel Arteta views as a positive this season for Arsenal.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game, the Arsenal boss was asked if that was why he decided to splash out for the German international, and said, “That’s certainly one of the reasons, plus quality and the number of things he has already done in his career at his age.
“Then to improve the starting XI as well because he has tremendous quality, and that is going to help us to be better.”
The 24 year old has had a mixed start to his Arsenal career, but another former Chelsea teammate, Jorginho, has backed him to come good in the right part of London.
“I think Kai has so much potential,” he said, “and I’ve tried to stay close to him because, to be honest, he’s a great guy and an amazing footballer of course.
“He’s just arrived at the club, so many new things for him to adapt and learn. Of course he’s going to show so much more, but I think he’s doing well to be honest.
“I’m sure he’s hungry for much more and I’m sure he will do it.”
The Italian international also made it clear he’s targeting Champions League success for the Gunners – a trophy we came tantalisingly close to in 2006, but have never won.
“It would be something really, really special,” he said.
“Especially because after I moved here, the way I felt, how welcome everyone was with me at the club, the fans, so I think this club deserves to be there and succeed.
“So that would be something really, really special for me.”