Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says it is very much possible that Ben White will miss next week’s encounter against last year’s Premier League champions Manchester City.
Sunday evening reports claimed that the £50 million signing didn’t appear in Friday’s training due to his coronavirus positive report.
Arsenal defenders Rob Holding and Pablo Mari were struggling a lot against Chelsea’s newly signed center forward Romelu Lukaku.
When asked if Ben White would be available to face the champions in gameweek three during his post-match press conference, Arteta responded: “I don’t think so, no.”
The Spaniard also issued updates on Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli after both players were forced off in the defeat, saying: “KT had an issue with his quad and Gabi was cramping.”
Will Ben White’s absence create more difficulties for Arsenal?
Arsenal are pointless and goalless in the 2021-22 Premier League season. Now, they gear up for their EFL Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion in midweek.
It’s a misfortunate that White is likely to miss the next match in the Premier League against Manchester City. He is one of the main picks for the Gunners this summer. He was came in the squad as a replacement for David Luiz’s important, ball-progressing contributions to the Arsenal attack. White needs training, matches, and experience, generally, with his teammates to settle in, and right now, he’s not getting that.
Hopefully Ben White will make a quick and full recovery. An international break in September can help him to get back into form. And maybe, Arsenal won’t be on zero points when they kickoff against Norwich City on September 11, 2021 after the international break.
Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are really missing Ben White very badly as their defenders are not looking sharp. The Gunners conceded two goals against Chelsea due to their poor defending. The Arsenal fans would be hoping to see the English central defender soon as they want to get back to winning ways.