Wednesday, May 22, 2024

“He has something” – Arteta hails White’s determination

Mikel Arteta says he takes great heart from the leadership shown by some of his young players at Anfield and has singled out Ben White for praise following the defender’s man-of-the-match performance.

Despite playing with 10 men for the majority of the game, the Gunners backline, ably assisted by a ragtag midfield, held firm to secure a clean sheet on a night when they restricted the home side to a solitary shot on target.

Ahead of the north London derby, which could still be postponed, Arteta reflected: “Yesterday we had to play an extremely difficult match, 70 minutes with 10 men, but I saw a lot of leadership on that pitch from very young players and that gives me a lot of encouragement because they understood what was needed.

“They were up for the challenge and they showed a real fight and resilience to do what they did.”

On what his squad can take from such a hard-fought result, one that leaves the Carabao Cup semi-final on a knife-edge, he added: “Well it certainly gives them the experience that they are able to do that.

“That resilience to do what they did last night is based on your spirit, your belief and the fact that you’re never going to give up, and take on any challenge that is facing you – and do you best.

“Sometimes you have to still extend that and against the team that we played last night, that was necessary and most of the players did it.”

As for White’s contribution, which included three tackles, three blocked shots, three interceptions and seven clearances, the boss said: “He is one of them that I would certainly apply the words that I’ve just mentioned to his performance.

“He’s not Tony [Adams] and he cannot be Tony. He’s just moved to our club and he’s just been here just for a few months but he has something and he wants to do it. He’s very demanding with himself, he’s really willing to learn and improve his game and he’s in the right place.”

That White has gelled so quickly with centre-back partner Gabriel, is an added bonus.

“In terms of the qualities that I saw in him and what is required for us to try to recruit somebody like him with his qualities, it was clear,” said Arteta.

“Then those personalities as well, that chemistry has to exist. We can see they really enjoy playing together, you can see that, that chemistry is there and that’s a massive extra when you are looking to build something at the back.”

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Starting to wonder if White is captain material…?


He’s probably my first choice at this point. Partey is up there too, especially if his current form becomes more typical.


Just because Partey is a senior player doesn’t make him a captain, he doesn’t have what it takes.


Ramsdale, all day long

Jeremy DG

That laugh after minowhateverhisface is missed the open goal will go down in folklore as one of the funniest Arsenal moments ever. Brilliant.


I think that should be Minonanidesuka?

(Yes, this is borrowed from “Is it wrong…?”, I make no apologies.)


Benny Blanco from the birds

Mayor McCheese

A warrior with a bit of cheek. Absolutely love him.


Overall, he came in with justifiably a lot of pressure associated with a big money move, but he’s had a strong season. Some bumps but you’d have to say overall he’s lived up to that lofty billing. So credit to him, he looks a really good player and has shrugged off physicality concerns. IMO I’d be partnering him in midfield with Lokonga until Partey comes back. He’s excellent with the ball and Holding/Chambers are good enough at the back to get us through. Patino might not be quite ready for 3 weeks of EPL starts. But hey if that’s the… Read more »


Glad that Brentford performance from him seemed to be first night nerves. He was immense last night but hey, that’s what the big bucks get ya. You can really see why the Leeds fans took him to heart during his loan spell


That picture!!! That is the most fucking hilarious biggrin i will ever see. Thx blog and Whitey 🙂 love it, absolutely, i can not describe how tremendous it is. Fkin amazing.


The picture should be on the All or nothing cover.


I loved that 70 minutes of solid stifling defending, after all the times our defence looked ineffective over the years. Is it wrong to have enjoyed it almost as much as


Hard to believe we once paid dollar for Mustafis and the rest of that era.


Mustafi cost 70% of ben white’s transfer fee.Deary me.

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