Wright lauds Arsenal star for helping form ‘very solid’ partnership

Date published: Sunday 14th November 2021 7:50 - Lewis Oldham

Arsenal legend Ian Wright

Ian Wright has lauded Arsenal star Ben White, who has formed a “very solid” partnership with Gabriel in front of their in-form goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

White joined the Gunners during the summer from Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion.

Arsenal paid a fee of around £50m to sign the defender from their Premier League rivals.


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Mikel Arteta’s side started the 2021/22 season poorly as they lost their first three league games. They have not lost since though as they now sit fifth in the table.

White has been a key player for Arsenal during this run. He has struck up a solid partnership with Gabriel.

Speaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, Wright took time to praise White for his showings for Arsenal:

“I love the fact even with Benjamin White when he’s coming out and he said: ‘I don’t watch much football, I just play football’.

“I love the fact that he’s brave enough and strong enough to admit that because he can deal with what comes with that.

“But when you look at his performances next to Gabriel, it’s very solid with the goalkeeper. It’s a very good team, those three are very solid.

“They’re footballing centre-halves – into Thomas Partey, into [Albert] Sambi Lokonga.”

Earlier this month, Darren Bent called for White to receive an England call-up:

“You look at the competition he’s up against, Tyrone Mings is having a bit of tough one at the minute, Michael Keane is having a tough one at the minute,” Bent said.

“He’s [White] certainly on better form, so if them guys are in the squad there’s no reason why Ben White shouldn’t be in there, for me, in the next squad if he continues his form.

“[Harry] Maguire is shakey as well – [Joe] Gomez isn’t even playing.

“I wrote down a list. Harry Maguire, not been in great form. John Stones, not playing. Michael Keane, not been great. Gomez at Liverpool, not playing. And Tyrone Mings, not been good for Villa.

“He must be thinking, ‘if I don’t get in now am I ever going to get in?’”

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