Kai Havertz makes Mikel Arteta admission amid superb Arsenal form in title race

Kai Havertz  in action for Arsenal

Kai Havertz has opened up on the transformative advice Mikel Arteta gave him which has sparked his impressive run of form for Arsenal.

The German forward, who initially struggled to find his footing at the Emirates following a high-profile £65million switch from Chelsea, credits Arteta's guidance for his newfound confidence in front of goal.

Havertz, 24, managed just one goal in his first dozen Premier League outings for the Gunners but has since turned the tide with eight goals and five assists in the subsequent 12 league matches, including a memorable double against his old club. Despite facing early criticism, Arteta stood firmly behind Havertz, supporting him publicly and sharing crucial tips.

Speaking to Saturday Social, Havertz disclosed the key piece of advice from Arteta: "If I should pick one it's that I should be confident in the opponent's box," Havertz said. "He told me that lots of times and I think it boosted my confidence.

"He has developed my game a lot. He changed my vision of football completely and taught me things I never knew before and other small details. Every small little detail on the pitch is important and every player has to fill his role 100% otherwise you're not going to be successful."

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Havertz, once a subject of scepticism due to his underwhelming start at Stamford Bridge, has found an advocate in Arteta. Despite the mixed reactions following his transfer from Bayer Leverkusen, Arteta has consistently shown faith in Havertz's ability to make an impact at Arsenal.

Reflecting on Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Fulham back in August, Arteta shared his optimism about Havertz's future with the club. "Yes, I think [he will win the fans over]. I think he's done already really good things today," the Gunners' boss said.

"It was tough for him in certain moments, he got in great areas again and the ball didn't arrive. He's had a lot of situations, he should have scored already a lot of goals this season, and that's the thing that is missing there."

With the Premier League title still within reach, Havertz could end the season on a high note. Arsenal remain in contention with Manchester City as the campaign approaches its dramatic conclusion next week.