Mikel Arteta hints former Chelsea star will start at Stamford Bridge

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Mikel Arteta has suggested he could hand Kai Havertz a start when Arsenal visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later on Saturday evening.

Havertz joined Chelsea’s arch rivals, Arsenal over the summer, and has mostly struggled to fit into Arteta’s plans at the Emirates.

The Germany international was however involved and instrumental to his new side’s 1-0 win against Manchester City two weeks ago, after coming on as a substitute — much to the delight of Arteta.

“The last touch of the game that he had and the contribution he had against City was terrific,” Arteta said at a press conference.

“It was difficult to make the decision whether or not to play him but as well we knew that the last 25-30 minutes against City were going to be critical.

“And the impact that the subs had was crucial to the result and I’m really happy how he reacted and contributed to the team.

“Could it prove to be a big moment for him? I hope so, I hope so, and I can see that the confidence is shifting and he’s in a much better place.

“And we have to continue to do that and he needs to play.”