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Mikel Arteta charges Ben White’s show at right-back in Crystal Palace win

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Ben White operated in a special place to the one he’s used to (Image: Getty Pictures)

Mikel Arteta has praised Ben White for his show at right-back following Arsenal’s victory over Crystal Palace on Friday evening.

The Gunners acquired their season off to the very best begin – with a most three factors in a hard-fought encounter at Selhurst Park.

Arteta’s aspect began within the ascendancy, with new signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko spectacular early on.

Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring with a header from a nook routine, and whereas Palace acquired again into the sport, they couldn’t discover a well beyond Arsenal stopper Aaron Ramsdale.

The Gunners wrapped up the win within the eighty fifth minute when Marc Guehi inadvertently headed in Bukayo Saka’s cross.

With 21-year-old Takehiro Tomiyasu out via harm and William Saliba coming into the aspect to make his debut at centre-back, White was deployed at right-back.

The previous Brighton defender had a tough opponent to face in Wilfried Zaha for Palace, however he managed to make eight profitable tackles on the evening.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal picked up their first win of the season (Image: Getty Pictures)

‘He did very well,’ Arteta stated of White’s efficiency.

‘Everyone knows individually even when you find yourself toe to toe with him how troublesome it’s to win the ball off him [Zaha]. The best way he tries to play the sport is de facto tough.

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‘Ben has the capability to play in numerous positions and that’s a giant plus for any participant.’

Talking earlier than the match on White’s versatility, Arteta stated: ‘At Brighton he performed lots in a again three, at Leeds he performed as a holding midfielder.

‘Clearly, we’ve spoken about it lots with him, he’s very snug enjoying there, he actually likes it, particularly for the position and the calls for we put in that place.

‘General actually blissful as a result of he is aware of that accommodating and having the flexibility within the group is de facto essential.’


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