Arsenal's Kai Havertz situation isn't helping and is a problem for boss Mikel Arteta, says Chris Sutton - but he adds 'very NEGATIVE Arsenal fans' are 'deeply unfair' on him on It's All Kicking Off podcast
Last season's Premier League runners-up signed the German from Chelsea for £65million this summer.
But he has endured a tricky start, which Sutton pointed out to Mail Sport football editor Ian Ladyman on the brand new podcast .
And Mail Sport columnist Sutton claimed the Havertz situation is not helping manager Mikel Arteta as the Gunners struggle for early-season form - before adding that fans of the north London club are being far too 'negative' about him.
'The Havertz saga - I find the Havertz thing really interesting,' he said.
Mail Sport columnist Chris Sutton has insisted Kai Havertz is currently a problem for Arsenal
Sutton (right) was speaking on Mail Sport's latest episode of new podcast It's All Kicking Off!
'There are a lot of Arsenal fans who have suddenly become very, very negative in such a short space of time about Havertz, which I think is deeply unfair on him.
'But I don't think that the Havertz situation is helping Arsenal. He needs time to fit in and develop. I do see this in the early days of being a bit of a problem for Mikel Arteta.'
When asked by Ladyman how fans can already criticise Arteta just three games into the season - two of which they have won - Sutton responded that it was about the poor performances, not the results.
He added: 'I suspect Arsenal fans feel there's still a bit of a hangover from last season and again it's similar to Manchester United, we're talking about performance-wise.
'It's not a disastrous start by any stretch of the imagination, it's just more to do with him tinkering.
'In the last game against Fulham especially, (Leandro) Trossard starting ahead of (Eddie) Nketiah, who started the previous couple of games, then taking Trossard off at half time. It sort of was an admission by Mikel Arteta that he got that call wrong.
'Kiwior starting on the left-hand side... I know they're quite fluid with their formation. Thomas Partey starting all the games as a right back. That doesn't seem to be a position which necessarily suits him.'
Ladyman then suggested why Gunners supporters have been so harsh on the versatile German - because he came from bitter London rivals Chelsea.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (right) championed the £65m signing of the forward from Chelsea
Mail Sport football editor Ian Ladyman (left) called him a 'good player' but said his form is poor
The German won the Community Shield in his first competitive game for the north London side
'I think if you're an Arsenal manager and you take a Chelsea player, he has to do well. I think Arsenal found that with Willian. He wasn't given an awful lot of time.
'But then someone like Jorginho comes and does well, (so) Havertz has got to do well. I think if you take a Chelsea player, a Chelsea reject in the eyes of the Arsenal fans, he's got to hit the ground running. I think that's the problem for Havertz.'
When Sutton questioned if Havertz has actually been that bad, Ladyman hit back.
He concluded: 'I don't think he's been brilliant. There was a clip on social media of him playing a four yard pass badly, which a lot of people have jumped on.
'That is the type of thing that will happen. I think he's a good player. I think he will do well there.'
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