Arsenal’s supporters have taken to social media in numbers this afternoon, to question the form of summer arrival Ben White.
Odegaard the match-winner
Mikel Arteta’s men were of course back in action a short time ago.
The Gunners made the daunting trip to Turf Moor – a ground which has so often caused them problems over recent years – to take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
And, when all was said and done, Arsenal, to their credit, emerged with a credible 3-point haul.
A solitary goal proved all that was required to clinch the visitors’ 2nd Premier League win of the season, guiding them to 12th in the English top-flight table in the process.
The strike in question came on the half-hour mark, when summer signing Martin Odegaard bent a sumptuous free-kick beyond the despairing dive of Nick Pope:
Martin Odegaard with a Arsenal free kick!
Nick Pope could do nothing about this set piece
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) September 18, 2021
As outlined above, however, on a day which saw one of the recent additions to Mikel Arteta’s squad come up trumps, another piqued the attentions of the Arsenal faithful for all the wrong reasons.
The player in question? Ben White.
Stopper White, a £50 million summer arrival from Brighton – was in from the off once again on Saturday, his 2nd successive start at the heart of the Gunners’ backline.
The Englishman, though, did not exactly inspire confidence in the ranks of the visitors at Turf Moor, looking lethargic, shaky and worryingly lacking in confidence.
In turn, those of an Arsenal persuasion to have taken in their side’s latest outing this afternoon have since flooded to Twitter, to make their concerns with White’s form clear:
Someone tell Ben White to move the ball quicker.
— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) September 18, 2021
Should have paid £50M for Aaron Ramsdale and £30M for Ben White. Not the other way round.
— WelBeast (@WelBeast) September 18, 2021
Ben White shaky whole game holding might have to come in
— Tamari Romane (@TamariRomane) September 18, 2021
WE GAVE BEN WHITE SALIBA’S NUMBER
— FBL™️ (@Footbollistic) September 18, 2021
ben white will be deadwood by the end of the season
— my name is Kabo (@_foreverchanges) September 18, 2021
Ben White , from what i saw so far , is not a 50 mil signing
— Norik (@NoroAfc) September 18, 2021
I’m desperate for Ben White so succeed but he has to improve at pretty much everything, and quickly
— . (@7bukayosaka) September 18, 2021
Whole defence is having a great game and then there’s Ben White..
— lokongshiz saka (@shizelle_) September 18, 2021
Ben white reminding me of mustafi
— Verbal Reasoning Podcast (@PodcastVerbal) September 18, 2021
I’m scared of this Ben White’s overall gameplay, man lacks confidence
— Zenitsu eyan Takehiro (@ekun_oko_Mikel) September 18, 2021
Ben white. 50 million of the queen’s finest quid. Im sick to my stomach
— Turbo ⚡️ (@Retrogodammed) September 18, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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