Why Ben White is a crucial part of this Arsenal team

  • Since signing for the Gunners in 2021, Ben White has become one of the most underrated defenders in the Premier League.

Ben White in action against Brentford
Ben White in action against Brentford / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages
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Ben White in attack

Ben White
Ben White has scored four goals during his time at Arsenal / Michael Regan/GettyImages

As he often makes runs on the overlap, White has been subject to memes regarding his crossing ability but he has ensured to prove these critics wrong. Four of his nine assists for Arsenal have come from crosses. He has a 23% cross accuracy so far this season, which is one of the best in the Premier League for a right-back.

Having put in a brilliant performance and grabbing two assists in the 2-1 win over Brentford on Saturday, White's assist tally for Arsenal went up to nine. This means that he now has more Premier League assists for the Gunners as Samir Nasri and the same amount as Nicolas Pepe. This shows that whilst he may not always be involved in goals, he is an important part of Arsenal's attack.

With four assists so far this season, he is currently joint-fourth for Premier League assists within this Arsenal team. This puts him ahead of the likes of Kai Havertz and Gabriel Jesus who are both integral parts of the Gunners' attack.

White has scored four goals so far in his Arsenal career. Three of these have been in open play, with the other being a header from a set piece. Despite having only scored once, White is no stranger to causing problems from set pieces. He often flicks the ball on at the near post, which is always problematic for the opposition defense and goalkeeper. He also frequently puts pressure on the opposing 'keeper which allows better chances for his team to score.

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