Mikel Arteta rates Ben White’s performance at right-back in Crystal Palace win – Onemic9ja

Ben White was operating in a different position than what he is used to (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has praised his performance at right-back after Friday night’s win.

The Gunners got off to the best possible start to the season – with a maximum of three points in a hard-fought encounter at Selhurst Park.

Arteta’s side started in promotion, with new signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko impressive early on.

Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring with a header from a corner and while Palace came back into play they couldn’t find a way past the Arsenal stopper.

The Gunners secured the win in the 85th minute when Marc Guehi accidentally headed in a Bukayo Saka cross.

After 21-year-old Takehiro Tomiyasu was injured and William Saliba made his debut at centre-back, White was brought on at right-back.

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The former Brighton defender faced a difficult opponent in Wilfried Zaha for Palace but he managed to make eight successful tackles that night.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal clinched their first win of the season (Image: Getty Images)

“He did really well,” Arteta said of White’s performance.

“We all know individually, even if you play him from head to toe, how difficult it is to snatch the ball from him [Zaha]. The way he’s trying to play the game is really difficult.

“Ben has the ability to play in different positions and that’s a big plus for any player.”

Arteta said before the game of White’s versatility: “At Brighton he played a lot in the back three, at Leeds he played as a defensive midfielder.

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“Obviously we talked to him a lot about it, he’s very comfortable there, he really likes it, especially for the role and the demands we put on this position.

“Very happy overall because he knows it’s very important to adapt and have the versatility in the team.”

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