Julian Nagelsmann explains surprise Kai Havertz decision

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Nagelsmann explains Havertz decision

During the international break, one of Arsenal’s senior players was handed a rather unusual role for his country.

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann explained his surprise decision to start Kai Havertz at left-back after his side fell to another defeat on Saturday night.

Turkey ran out 3-2 winners in Berlin despite Arsenal man Havertz opening the scoring early before his handball conceded a late penalty.

Havertz has been a striker, false-nine, no.8, no.10 and right-winger for Arsenal this season but has seemingly found a new home at left-back for his national side:

“We have different formations depending on how high the opponent stands and defends - Kai won’t always be in that position,” Nagelsmann told RTL before the game.

“I have a lot of ideas for him because he is an exceptionally good footballer. It’s a very good option. He won’t always play as the classic left-back that you might know.”

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