Arsenal v Watford: Match in Pictures
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Arsenal legend Ian Wright cannot get enough of Ben White’s form at the moment and he is not the only one. Mikel Arteta is a huge fan of the centre-back, who joined from Brighton in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal star White may have had something of a rough start after his £50million transfer from Brighton in the summer.
But that appears to already be behind him after some inspired displays in recent weeks.
The Gunners have seen a major upturn in form over the past couple of months after a difficult start to the season.
Arteta was under huge pressure and there were some outlandish claims that they could even be relegated if their form continued – especially after a 5-0 demolition from Manchester City.
However, since then Arsenal have gone 10 matches unbeaten and have kept seven clean sheets in the process.
What Arteta has done behind the scenes has been a mystery but even he must be thankful of the efforts of his multi-million purchase White.
Eyebrows were raised when the Englishman was brought in for £50m but he has gone some way to prove his worth in recent weeks.
And Arsenal legend Wright is a huge fan of the defender – a thought that is shared with the manager.
“I love the fact even with Benjamin White when he’s coming out and he said: ‘I don’t watch much football, I just play football’,” he said on the Kelly and Wrighty Show.
“I love the fact that he’s brave enough and strong enough to admit that because he can deal with what comes with that.
“But when you look at his performances next to Gabriel, it’s very solid with the goalkeeper. It’s a very good team, those three are very solid.
“They’re footballing centre-halves – into Thomas Partey, into [Albert] Sambi Lokonga.”
Just two weeks ago when Arsenal faced Leicester, Arteta spoke out over White and admitted that him and Gabriel’s partnership has been integral to the improved form.
“The potential [to do that] is there because of the qualities they have individually, how they can complement each other with those qualities and, obviously with the age group that we have there,” he said.
“If we manage them well and they are willing to sustain that, they have a really bright future.
“Gabriel has been crucial. He came back from a knee injury so he missed all the pre-season, but he came in a different way. He showed a different maturity, a different level of application.
“His lifestyle has improved a lot, his language has improved a lot, and then he has all the qualities to be a superb central defender. I’m really pleased with what he is doing.”
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