Kai Havertz at left-back?! Should Mikel Arteta follow Julian Nagelsmann’s lead and move Germany star into defence to kickstart Arsenal career?


The under-fire Gunners star was deployed in a surprising new position for his national team, but should he change roles at club level too?

The international break is not the most-popular concept among most Premier League fans. Many see it as an irritating interruption to the absorbing club season, but it can often provide some intriguing stories of its own.

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Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann provided one of the most eye-catching narratives of the most recent pause by shockingly Kai Havertz at left-back for Die Mannschaft’s games against Turkey and Austria.

Havertz has played in a string of positions during his career so far – midfield, second striker, out wide and centre-forward. Still, nobody expected his versatility to extend as far as being able to play in a defensive role. Quizzed on his decision before the Turkey game, Nagelsmann responded in forthright fashion: “I have a great idea, he’s an exceptionally good footballer. This is a very good option.”


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