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Thierry Henry says Kai Havertz reminds him of former Arsenal player who is now hated by fans

Thierry Henry says Kai Havertz reminds him of former Arsenal player who is now hated by fans

He made the comparison earlier this season.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says transfer target Kai Havertz reminds him of one of his former Gunners teammates.

Arsenal are in advanced negotiations to sign Havertz from London rivals Chelsea.

The Blues have set their asking price at £70m and Arsenal have already had one offer rejected for the Germany international, according to The Guardian.

Chelsea are willing to sell the 23-year-old, who has informed them of his desire to leave this summer, and Arsenal are said to be confident that the Blues will accept a bid of £60m for the forward.

Arsenal could face competition for his signature from German giants Bayern Munich.

Havertz, who joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen for £62.5m three years ago, still has two years left on his deal at Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea may look to cash in on him this summer, with the club under pressure to sell players before June 30 if the sales are to be included in their accounts for the 2022-23 season.

Henry compares Havertz to Van Persie

Speaking earlier this season, Arsenal legend Henry said Havertz reminds him of his former teammate Robin van Persie, who scored 132 goals in 278 games for the Gunners before defecting to Manchester United in 2012 in a move which angered supporters.

"He reminds me sometimes, a little, of Robin back to goal the way he can hold the ball," Henry told CBS Sports.

"Robin van Persie was very good with his left foot, the touch was always immaculate and he tried to bring people along.

"This is why out of the guys that used to be wingers or No 10 he plays as a nine because with his back to goal he can hold the ball well.

"Now he needs to make sure he can transform that into more goals because you can play off him."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & CBS Sports

Topics: Thierry Henry, Kai Havertz, Arsenal, Chelsea, Robin Van Persie, Football, Premier League, Transfers