Ben White’s impressive stats against Norwich and midfielder fans say is ‘world-class’

Here is your Arsenal evening digest on Sunday, September 12.

Ben White impresses

Something about Ben White’s game against Norwich particularly stood out as the centre back excelled in on category.

As revealed by fbref, White completed three key passes against Norwich which really did help Arsenal sustain a number of attacks, especially in the opening 25 minutes.

His three key passes in one game alone mean he has completed more key passes than David Luiz (2) managed for Arsenal in the Premier League across the entirety of last season.

Will he prove to be the perfect replacement for the Brazilian?

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Arteta finds solution for ‘problematic’ position

Takehiro Tomiyasu also put in an impressive display that suggests Edu may have secured something a coup by getting him so late in the window for just £18 million.

Right back has been a problem position for the Gunners more or less since Mikel Arteta took over.

While Kieran Tierney pushed up it was the Japanese international’s job to drift infield and hang a bit further back in order to provide some cover on the counter.

He did this excellently, winning seven out of eight aerial duels as part of a very solid defensive debut.

“Really positive,” assessed boss Mikel Arteta. “That’s the first impression when we met him, it’s all joy happiness, smiles and good energy. The moment he steps on the pitch, he’s really focused and determined.

“He understands the role really well and I think he was really good.”

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Fans hail ‘world-class’ midfielder

There was one man fans were purring over after his display against Norwich – Thomas Partey.

Partey claimed somewhat of a pre-pre-pre assist for what turned out to be Aubameyang’s winner.

As spotted in Arsenal’s YouTube highlights of the game, at around the 0.44-minute mark Partey cuts through the Norwich midfield with a crisp pass into the feet of Bukayo Saka.

The 20-year-old is then able to feed Nicolas Pepe who, after seeing two efforts kept out by a combination of Tim Krul and the post, manages to force the ball into Aubameyang’s path for a simple tap-in.

Such was the quality of Partey’s pass that some Arsenal fans think a breakthrough would not have occurred if not for the midfielder’s quick thinking.

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