Kai Havertz compared to ex-Arsenal star that Mikel Arteta clashed with and ruthlessly axed
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has compared Kai Havertz to Mesut Ozil - a player Mikel Arteta had a tough working relationship with.
Havertz, 24, joined the Gunners from Chelsea in a 65million deal during the summer transfer window but failed to score in his first five games for his new employers. He missed a golden chance during Arsenal's 3-1 win against Manchester United on Sunday.
Some Arsenal supporters are calling for Havertz to be dropped after his tricky start under Arteta, but Merson believes he'll become a superstar in time. The Sky Sports pundit has stuck his neck on the line to back the German, insisting "cream rises to the top".
Yet that comparison with Ozil will worry Gunners fans after Arteta failed to get the best out of the 2014 World Cup winner. Ozil was axed from the first-team squad within months of Arteta's appointment and made a bitter dig at the Spaniard on social media.