Mikel Arteta Backs Kai Havertz Compares Him To His Wife’s Situation

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Mikel Arteta has advised Kai Havertz to get close to Arsenal’s fanbase and made comparison with the player’s slow start to his marriage.

Mikel Arteta Backs Kai Havertz Compares Him To His Wife's Situation

Havertz struggled in Sunday’s 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United at the Emirates but was still left on the pitch by Mikel Arteta.

The German international failed to make an impact in the match despite being presented with a great chance when the score was level.

Gary Neville blasted the 24-year-old, who joined from Chelsea this summer, for not converting the chance after coming very close in the first half.

However, Havertz caused a penalty for the Gunners but it was overturned after a VAR check on the supposed foul by Wan-Bissaka.

Mikel Arteta on the other hand, still believes that ‘persistence’ will help Havertz win the Arsenal fans over as it helped him win his wife Lorena Bernal.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mikel Arteta said: “I said to him [Havertz] on Saturday when things are hard in the beginning when I met my wife it was hard in the beginning.”

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“I had to work and message, if she says yes on the first day it is probably no good.”

“[what won her over?] persistence, I think. We took the plane on Sunday, we took the metro. We win games, and that’s the beauty of it,” the Spaniard added.

The out-of-pocket advice by the Arsenal boss was revealed after he celebrated emphatically on the sidelines when Declan Rice scored a 96th-minute winner for Arsenal.

Gabriel Jesus, who came on as a substitute, finished off a struggling United side and Mikel Arteta labeled the turnaround victory as a ‘beautiful’ moment after a difficult start to the new campaign.

Mikel Arteta Backs Kai Havertz Compares Him To His Wife's Situation
Kai Havertz missed chance against Manchester United on Sunday.

“We work every day for moments like this, it was beautiful at the end to celebrate at the end with the fans,” Mikel Arteta continued.

“It shows that sport at this level is at about the small margins. I am jealous of Declan for scoring at the end like this. They are a dangerous team but we created the moments to win the game. “

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“He [Rice] was outstanding, and I think the whole team as well. He gave his momentum when the team needed it. Really happy with the performance.”

“When I see a team that has that will to win, that eagerness to go and go, it’s beautiful, and the crowd loves that as well. Before we go into international break is always a long window, it is important to win today.”

Arteta-led Arsenal will return from the international break with a trip to Goodison Park on Sunday, September 17 to face struggling Everton.

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta Amatriain, a professional football manager and former player from Spain, was born on March 26, 1982. Arsenal of the Premier League is under his management.

He was hired by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City as an assistant coach after retirement from professional football.

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He returned to Arsenal in 2019 as head coach and won the FA Cup in his first season.

How Did Arteta Meet His Wife Lorena Bernal?

Mikel Arteta is married to his partner, Lorena Bernal, who didn’t like football before meeting him.

Lorena Bernal Martin was born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, on May 12, 1981 and she is a well-known model, actress, and performer.

Mikel Arteta and Lorena Bernal have been in a close relationship since late 2002 and been together for more than 17 years.

Lorena previously claimed that at the time of their first meeting in 2002, she did not know that Arteta was a footballer.

Mikel Arteta Backs Kai Havertz Compares Him To His Wife's Situation

Arteta and Bernal were officially married at a private wedding party attended by all their friends and family in Mallorca, Spain.

The couple has three kids together – three boys, Gabriel, Daniel and Oliver who were born in 2009, 2012, and 2015.

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