Arsenal were held to a draw by Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and questions are now being asked of Mikel Arteta’s team selection.

Arteta has deviated from the system which saw the Gunners challenge for the title last season, and has started new signing Kai Havertz in all three Premier League games this season.

Havertz has been fairly disappointing so far. Whilst his aerial ability has proven useful at times, particularly after Arsenal were reduced to 10 men against Crystal Palace, his form on the ball and in front of goal has been poor.

The 24-year-old was particularly poor against Fulham before being substituted for Fabio Vieira in the second half. He contributed little in terms of attacking threat, and frustrated the Emirates crowd by passing the ball backwards when given space to attack.

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Havertz should be taken out of the firing line

Arsenal have not been fully convincing in the opening few games of the season, but whilst the team was picking up maximum points, there may have been more patience amongst the fanbase.

Dropping two points in what was an overall poor display, ahead of a tough match against Manchester United, perhaps means Arteta needs to make a ruthless decision, and given both his performance levels, as well as the criticism he is receiving, dropping Havertz from the starting XI for now could be the best move.

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“Today it was tough for him in certain moments. He got in some great areas again and the ball didn’t arrive and he had a lot of situations. He should have already scored a lot of goals already this season and that’s the thing that is missing there,” Arteta stated of Havertz after the game.

Arteta may wish to use a different midfield against United, and there are plenty of options. Declan Rice could push up, whilst Vieira may also be in consideration following his excellent cameo against Fulham. Leandro Trossard or Emile Smith Rowe could even be direct replacements, and given Arsenal’s strong depth now, they are able to replace Havertz in the lineup without losing any quality.

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