New Arsenal recruit Kai Havertz has responded to fans who mocked him for his performance in the MLS All-Stars skills challenge. The 24-year-old became the first player to fail to score a point in the cross-then-volley game. Despite the criticism, Havertz did score in Arsenal’s 5-0 victory against the MLS All-Stars the next day. Taking to social media, he posted a picture with the caption “Hav that” along with a target and a yawning emoji, shutting down his critics. He also thanked the fans for their support and expressed his joy at scoring his first goal for Arsenal. Manager Mikel Arteta praised Havertz’s qualities and versatility, highlighting his ability to beat the press and serve as a target man. Arsenal will face Manchester United on Saturday and Barcelona the following Thursday.
Arsenal forward Kai Havertz has hit back at trolls and silence the doubters after his skills challenge entry was widely mocked online.
The 21-year-old, who joined the Gunners in the summer transfer window, aimed to show his class in the Mini MLS Challenge. In the clip he posted on social media, Havertz attempted a ‘Lampard-esque’ double touch through the legs that ultimately failed to go as planned.
The Germany international was ruthlessly mocked by trolls on social media, but instead of showing any signs of frustration, he took the criticism on chin and vowed to prove himself next time.
The Bundesliga’s youngest ever debutant and youngest ever Bundesliga goalscorer hailed his idol, legendary Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, saying he drew inspiration from him in his attempt to perfect a skill ‘even Lampard couldn’t always pull off’.
Havertz showed a great level of mental strength and resilience in the face of criticism, proving he is more than mature enough to handle the pressure of the Premier League at such a young age.
The former Bayer Leverkusen star left the trolls with egg on their face by stating, “As a professional footballer you are used to taking criticism, but your work rate and performance on the pitch shows whether you are up to a certain standard – if I can show that every day I think it speaks for itself”.
A humble but confident attitude that Frank Lampard himself would be proud of. Kai Havertz has sent the perfect message of determination and positivity by proving that resilience in the face of criticism is key in reaching the pinnacle of the sport.