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Ben White could be handed new Arsenal role for the North London derby

Arsenal’s £50m signing produced one of his best performances against Liverpool on Thursday night.

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Arsenal defender Benjamin White was the man of the match during Arsenal’s goalless draw at Anfield.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion defender had seven clearances, three tackles (100% won), three interceptions while blocking three shots. He also won three of his five ground duels around the box, helping 10-man Arsenal to avoid defeat and remain in the tie going into the second leg.

However, after Granit Xhaka’s dismissal that got him suspended for two games, Mikel Arteta has been handed a midfield selection crisis.

With Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny away on international duty and Martin Odegaard out with COVID, Albert Sambi Lokonga remains Arsenal’s only senior central midfield option.

It is understood that Arsenal are close to signing Arthur Melo on loan to bolster their midfield but he won’t be available for selection against Tottenham on Sunday.

This could prompt Arteta to deploy White in the midfield alongside Lokonga on Sunday. The Arsenal boss recently suggested using the 24-year-old in midfield.

“It’s an option that we have. He has played there before.” Arteta said.

“He has played as a central defender, he’s played as a right-back and he’s played in a back three. That’s one of the positive things with Ben, that he has the capacity to play in different roles.”

With his good passing skills, exceptional decision-making and game reading, White could easily move to midfield and either Rob Holding or Calum Chambers plays at the back.

 

 

A keen follower and fan of Arsenal since the mid-2000s with passion for the game. I aim to write honest and interesting articles about the club I love, and to share my opinions with as many other fans as possible.

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