Mikel Arteta has provided Kai Havertz with a rather amusing analogy about his own marriage when advising the German how to get his Arsenal career going.
The £65million summer signing from Chelsea was named in Arteta’s starting line-up for the fifth consecutive game, this time a 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United.
Havertz again struggled, though, missing a great chance early on when the ball fell to him as he fluffed a finish just outside of the six-yard area.
Without a goal or an assist to his name, questions have been asked about the versatile attacking midfielder, who Arteta was forced to defend ahead of the game.
And when asked by Sky post-match about Havertz’s tricky start, the Gunners manager used a slightly odd analogy.
Arteta began: “I said to him yesterday, things are a little bit hard at the beginning.
“When I met my wife at the beginning it was hard to conquer her, I had to try and message and go and go.
“At the end when she said, ‘yes, we want to be together’, it’s beautiful. I said in the first day you know it’s not that great.
“So it’s good, but I think the crowd was really good with him today.”
Arteta has been happily married to Miss Spain 1999, Lorena Bernal, since 2010, and the pair have three children together.
So with a bit of persistence, the former Chelsea man and Arsenal could still be a happy marriage.
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