Aaron Ramsdale has cited Kai Havertz’s ability to play in a number of ‘different positions’ as a reason why the German international will succeed at Arsenal.

The Gunners forked out a whopping £65m for the 24-year-old’s services earlier this summer, becoming one of the north Londonders’ three signings of the window thus far – along with Jurrien Timber from Ajax and Declan Rice from West Ham United.

Speaking to Kicker about the signing of Havertz, Arsenal number one Ramsdale insisted that it was a hugely positive move for his side.

“It’s a very good signing,” he said. “Kai already has a lot of experience, he was captain in Leverkusen when he was very young. He’s an international player, has won the Champions League and scored in important games.

“He can play in different positions, which will help the team. He’s also a tall boy, so he can also help with set-piece situations, which shouldn’t be underestimated in modern football.


 “Above all, it was striking how different he can play. He’s so good with the ball at his feet but at the same time he can be a target player.

“As his opponent, you could never really rest against him because he is constantly looking for free space. Also, he’s very generous on the ball and likes to use the wingers or players who move up from midfield. Hopefully we will see all of these qualities next season.”

Havertz made his maiden appearances as an Arsenal player in a recent friendly against FC Nurnberg, coming on as a half-time substitute in the eventual 1-1 draw.


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