Arsenal had to contend with a number of injuries ahead of the 3-1 win over Burnley today, but one of the more surprising ones was the absence of Ben White.
He is player who is rarely injured, and who has often played through the pain to help his team, but Mikel Arteta revealed the club’s medical team made an executive decision to take him out of the firing line for today’s game.
Speaking afterwards, Arteta said, “Yesterday in training he wasn’t comfortable. He didn’t look right, but Ben won’t give you much.
“He always wants to be on the pitch and he wants to hide anything that is in there. But we highlighted something happening there that we noticed in the last two weeks as well.
“We wanted to protect him today. It was the right call from the physios and the medical department and tomorrow we will assess him and understand what’s happening.”
Thankfully there’s now a two week gap before the next game, so hopefully he’ll be ok after the Interlull. The same applies for Martin Odegaard who also missed out today, and there wasn’t full clarity on his situation.
Asked if he would be going away with Norway for their games against the Faroe Islands and Scotland, Arteta said, “I don’t know. I am going to have a meeting now with the medical department and Edu to understand everyone’s situation but I think he is going to be back after the international break.
“I don’t know exactly what is the decision and the communication at the moment.”
Fingers crossed for him too.