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He’s Ozil without talent – Keys faults Arteta’s defence of Havertz

Football pundit Richard Keys has hit out at Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta for trying to be too clever, insisting that British broadcaster Piers Morgan was right over his recent comments on the Spaniard.

This comes after Arteta defended Havertz following his display for Arsenal against Fulham on Saturday.

The Germany international was substituted after just 56 minutes against Fulham on Saturday, despite Arsenal needing a goal, with Fabio Vieira, who won a penalty moments later, coming on in his place as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

But Arteta defended Havertz afterwards, saying the former Chelsea star did ‘really good things’ and ‘got in great areas.’

Keys has slammed both the manager and the player.

Referencing Arteta’s press conference, Keys quoted the Gunners boss’ comments on beIN SPORTS and said: “He got in great areas, but the ball did not arrive.” So did I yesterday, and the ball did not arrive. So I was about as much use as this individual. No goals, no assists in three games, but he got into some great areas.”

Keys continued: “I didn’t think I’d find myself quoting Piers Morgan in this programme ever, but I am going to. Piers is right. [Arteta is being] too clever.

“Get back to a back four with all the things that made them strong last season and stop messing around. Now don’t jump down my throat when I say this, let me finish the statement: Havertz is the new Ozil—without the talent.

“And the reason I say that is because both are enigmas. They didn’t know what to do with Ozil, so they sold him! And now they’ve gone and bought Havertz.

“I am talking about under Arteta. Arteta could not handle him. He’s like [Pep] Guardiola; neither of them can handle big players with big personalities.”

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