Martin Keown makes Ben White claim as Edu’s Arsenal transfer gamble pays off



Arsenal travel to Norwich City this Sunday in a bid to extend the gap between themselves and fifth-placed West Ham.

The north Londoners have responded brilliantly to successive defeats against both Manchester United and Everton, taking maximum points in their last three Premier League outings.

One of the big success stories this season for the Gunners has been the strong partnership developed between Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes at the heart of the defence.

The Arsenal duo have kept eight clean sheets in fifteen games together, with only Manchester City and Liverpool managing more this season.

Whilst Gabriel has been showered with immense praise and rightly so, White has arguably been just as good.

Following a tough evening against Brentford’s Ivan Toney on debut, the former Brighton defender has responded brilliantly to this setback and is slowly showing why manager Mikel Arteta was right to splash £50 million for his signature.

Certainly, it’s still early days but ex-Arsenal legend and central defender Martin Keown has been very impressed with both Gabriel and White, highlighting how effective the latter has been in possession before commenting on areas he feels the 24-year-old can improve on.

“The partnership he’s formed with Gabriel, particularly Tomiyasu coming in and Tierney back in the back four, that is a really good back four with [Aaron] Ramsdale behind being outstanding,” Keown told talkSPORT.

“That is the base now, the platform that Arsenal can go and build from.

“When you look at Ben White in possession, the way he comes out with the ball, really confident, playing some superb passes.

“The defensive side of it is where you want to look [at] and I think that’s improving.

“And then it’s about forming where is the line, where is your opponent and where is the ball?

“And also becoming a leader – that’s the next step.”





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