For allowing Kai Havertz to convert their second penalty attempt against Bournemouth on Saturday, Nicol has criticized Arsenal.
After the Gunners put on an outstanding display to leave the south coast with a 4-0 victory and all three points, an Arsenal reporter from ESPN was commenting.
Kai Havertz made an Arsenal account in the game. The German has struggled to adjust to life in North London after moving there for a significant sum of money in the summer.
Havertz has received a great deal of criticism. And it appears that Arsenal players were eager to give their comrade a significant boost over the weekend.
Ryan Christie made a sloppy challenge on Martin Odegard while Arsenal was up 2-0. Odegaard had previously been hit with one sanction. Bukayo Saka then converted their second penalty kick of the day.
On the other hand, Havertz received the ball from Saka. The 24-year-old was also able to find the bottom corner. The importance of the goal to his teammates was obvious. The forward’s supporters at Arsenal will be hoping that this marks a turning point for him.
Nicol, on the other side, thinks it was dreadful and that, had Havertz missed, things may have easily gone against Arsenal.
Saka or Odegaard will accept it “if Arsenal’s life depends on it.” Havertz won’t stand for that. Consequently, the game is ended with a score of 2-0.
“What happens if he misses it and Bournemouth scores two late goals?” You don’t dress like that. If you allow anything like that to happen as a team coach, it spreads to other places. You need to be exact. After all, orders are orders.
Do you believe his playing style in the middle of the park will change if he scores there? Not at all, no. It is not suitable.
Gunners’ gamble pays off
It was a risk. Think about the criticism Arsenal and Havertz would have received if the attempt had been successful or unsuccessful. And if Bournemouth had gained anything from the game, it would have gone much farther.
Arsenal will contend that they had no trouble playing Andoni Iraola’s team. On the opening day at the Emirates, Nottingham Forest made clear that a late goal may overturn what seems to be a win.
But in the end, it was worthwhile. According to Transfermarket, Havertz has a very impressive career record when it comes to penalties. It might not significantly alter Havertz’s form. But it became evident how much it meant to the teammates when he touched the goal’s back.
That kind of team spirit can propel Arsenal to the top of the table.