In the early stages of the new Premier League season, Ben White has emerged as a crucial figure for Arsenal.
Despite his omission from the latest England squad, Mikel Arteta, has heaped praise on the 25-year-old defender for his exceptional performances. White’s journey from a big-money transfer to becoming a ‘mentality monster’ at the Emirates is a tale of resilience and commitment.
Exceptional Start for Ben White
In the opening weeks of the new Premier League campaign, Ben White has emerged as a standout player for Arsenal. The 25-year-old defender, who joined the Gunners from Brighton in 2021 for a hefty £50 million, has been a vital presence in Mikel Arteta’s squad, playing every minute of Arsenal’s three league matches so far.
Arteta acknowledges White’s impressive start, stating,
“Ben has been incredible since the start of the season again.”
Despite his impressive on-field displays, Ben White finds himself excluded from the latest England squad. Arteta, when asked about this decision, said,
“We know that he was there and what happened is totally down to Gareth Southgate and him to make that decision. But he certainly has the level and he’s shown that for the last few years.”
Ben White’s career statistics in the Premier League speak volumes about his abilities. With 109 appearances, two goals, five assists, and 34 clean sheets, he has established himself as one of the best English defenders in the league. His versatility to play in different defensive positions adds an extra layer of value to his contributions.
The ‘Mentality Monster’
Rob Holding, a fellow Arsenal defender and a close friend of White, aptly describes him as a ‘mentality monster’.
Holding recalled a moment during the 2021/22 season when White played through a hamstring injury against Newcastle, a match where he would have had every reason to rest.
Holding marveled at White’s determination, saying,
“His hamstring was shot to hell and he went out there and played. He’s a mentality monster, I don’t know how he does it. It’s mental. He’ll be in so much pain but he’ll just trigger into game mode and play. He’s die hard. He’ll run through a brick wall for you.”
Arsenal suffered a difficult day as they lost 2-0 to Newcastle, and White also scored an own goal. This setback didn’t deter Arsenal’s momentum as they went on to become title contenders the following season.
Arsenal fans can rest assured that they have a defender who will run through ‘brick walls‘ to defend their club’s honor.
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