Mikel Arteta says he’s very pleased with the contributions of Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz although he admits the latter needs to improve in front of goal.
Trossard took his tally for the season to five goals when he opened the scoring against Sevilla on Wednesday night and he’s overall proved a handy squad addition since arriving from Brighton in January.
“I’m really happy with him,” replied Arteta when asked about Trossard in his pre-Burnley press conference.
“Obviously, it’s been almost a year since he joined us, we knew all his quality and what he could bring to the team and that’s why we bought him, because he can fill different positions, but as well different needs and qualities that we didn’t have in the squad when we want to do something different, and against Sevilla he showed again his quality.”
The jury is out on whether Havertz was a good purchase by the Gunners. The Germany international has looked laboured in the first part of the season leading many to believe Arteta overpaid Chelsea when he parted with £65 million. Given the steep price tag, the player’s performances are regularly under the microscope.
Asked whether he thinks there’s unwarranted pressure on the summer arrival, Arteta said: “I don’t know. I can tell you that I’m really pleased with the way he’s performing.
“Obviously, looking at the numbers, just specifically the numbers of what he’s producing in front of goal, those have to be improved and we have to improve them, but in many other areas of the pitch, what he gives to the team at the moment is really important.”
Both Havertz and Trossard are likely to feature in Saturday’s match against Burnley with Arsenal struggling with injuries to several key players.
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