Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Ben White for his performance against Tottenham on Sunday.
The Englishman joined the Gunners from Brighton for a staggering £50 million last month. A lot has been said about his price tag, but if his performance against Spurs is anything to go by, Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too worried.
White played for about an hour and he didn’t put a foot wrong. He was fantastic in possession, dealt with the threats brilliantly and put in a few crunching tackles as well, something Arsenal fans really enjoyed.
Arteta: Ben White was really good against Tottenham
The Arsenal boss was asked about White’s performance in his first start and he seemed impressed. He labelled his display as ‘really good’ and revealed why he decided to bring him off after about 60 minutes.
Arteta said, as per Arsenal.com: “Yeah, he was really good.
“But again, it’s a match where they haven’t played. Some of them they’ve [only] trained for four or five days. So you can still see and we didn’t want to risk them anymore, but it was a good start.”
The Insider’s View:
White really was excellent against Spurs. His style of play suits Arteta’s system perfectly, and the fact that he’s still only 23 means he will only get better in the years to come.
The problem for Arsenal isn’t really White, it’s who plays alongside him. Pablo Mari is fantastic and his acceleration in a foot race is highly underrated. However, if an opponent makes him commit and then dribbles past him, there’s no chance of recovery.
That is a problem ahead of our Premier League opener against Brentford, but Mari is our best bet until Gabriel Magalhaes returns from his injury. However, when the Brazilian is back fit, we truly believe he can form a sensational partnership with White for the better part of the next decade.