Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has named Ben White on the bench for this afternoon’s pre-season friendly with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.
Less than 48 hours later, Arteta ‘s side were called into action against London rivals Chelsea as they undergo their final preparations for the upcoming Premier League season that gets underway in less than two weeks’ time.
So it’s no surprise that White, who has recently returned to club football following representing England in Euro 2020 last month despite not getting onto the pitch for his country, is not starting this game.
Arsenal supporters have taken to Twitter to express their feelings on White being named on the bench and they are desperate to see the 23-year-old defender on the pitch at one point.
Here is the full Arsenal team: Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette.
Arteta and Edu recently gave their verdict on White following his signing and revealed their excitement.
“Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing,” Arteta said to the club’s official website on White.
“Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons.
“He has benefited well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.
“Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us.
“And of course, he is still young, so his age and profile fits with what we are building here.
“We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans,” the Gunners boss concluded.
Edu added: “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us.
“Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range.
“We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.”
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