Arsenal's summer transfer strategy altered due to significant progress made by one player.

Mikel Arteta is already making significant preparations.

April 12th 2024.

Arsenal's summer transfer strategy altered due to significant progress made by one player.
Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, is already looking ahead to the summer transfer window and making plans for the team. After a change in plans due to the impressive performance of Kai Havertz, the team is now considering a different profile of players for their upcoming signings.

There was surprise in the football community when Arteta approved a £65 million deal for Havertz, who had not lived up to expectations during his time at Chelsea. It was initially believed that he would replace Granit Xhaka, who had just come off his best season with Arsenal and was moving to Bayer Leverkusen.

Despite the unwavering support from his new manager, Havertz struggled to adapt to his new role on the team. It wasn't until he was moved to a central striker position that he began to make a significant impact on Arsenal's title challenge. This change in Havertz's performance has led Arsenal to reconsider their search for a new center forward, shifting their focus to players like Alexander Isak, Ivan Toney, and Victor Osimhen.

However, with Havertz's impressive form, the team is now looking at a different type of striker to complement their existing options. They have shown interest in Sporting Lisbon's prolific Viktor Gyokeres, but are hesitant due to the high valuation of the Portuguese club. They are also keeping an eye on Brighton's Evan Ferguson, who they see as a promising player for the future.

In addition to a new striker, Arsenal is also in the market for a wide forward who can provide competition and cover for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Real Sociedad's Martin Zubimendi is their top midfield target, especially with uncertainty surrounding the futures of Thomas Partey and Declan Rice.

Havertz's recent goal-scoring form has been exceptional, with nine goals already this season. Even Arteta admitted that he did not plan on using the 24-year-old in such an attacking role when he signed him. However, the player's natural abilities and strong relationship with his teammates have led to this successful change in position.

Arteta recognizes the impact Havertz has had on the team and praises his understanding with the other attacking players. He believes that creating the right environment for a player is crucial for their success and is happy to see Havertz thriving. The player has gained the admiration of his teammates, staff, and fans, and it's clear that he has a bright future ahead at Arsenal.

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