Arsenal’s Ben White reveals the reason that he doesn’t pass to Takehiro Tomiyasu as often as his other teammates


Arsenal’s Ben White reveals the reason that he doesn’t pass to one player as often as his other teammates

Arsenal pair key to revolution

Looking at the Premier League table, to call Arsenal’s transformation revolutionary would seem knee-jerk.

Should the sides behind them win their games in hand on the Gunners (albeit much easier said than done), Mikel Arteta’s side will be 5th, one point clear of chasing West Ham and Manchester United.

Not a massive improvement on eighth place then.

But on the pitch, for the most part, the performances have been much improved, especially in recent weeks where the Gunners have seen their young core come into their own.

Key to their improved performances are defensive additions Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White, signed in the summer for a combined 66 million pounds. Both have added poise and on-the-ball ability to Arteta’s youthful defence, with Tomiyasu in particular impressing watching fans.

One thing noticed by the Arsenal faithful, however, is how little the two play the ball between each other. Specifically, why Ben White rarely finds his full-back when looking for a pass.

Now, however, it has been explained.

Ben White backs up Tomiyasu’s tactical claim

Earlier in the season, Tomiyasu himself revealed the reason that he felt he didn’t get the ball from his centre-back as often as other players, saying:

‘I play centre back too, and simple passes to the full-backs are actually the last option I consider. If the full-back is not under opposition pressure I will play the pass, but if the winger is right in front, you’ll end up caught by the press.”

Arsenal’s Ben White reveals the reason that he doesn’t pass to one player as often as his other teammatesArsenal’s Ben White reveals the reason that he doesn’t pass to one player as often as his other teammates

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Ben Godfrey of Everton battles for possession with Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

And now, in a recent interview with Goal Japan, Ben White has confirmed that it is for tactical reasons. The former Brighton man claimed:

“I read the article about me not passing to Tomi. If you aren’t well-versed in football you might not understand, but opponents target passes to the RB when they press. If I play a ball to Tomi, he’ll be targeted & it might lead to a situation where he as no options from there.”

“It’s not that I simply do not want to pass to Tomi, but it is the best strategy to build up our play so that it leads to the final third.”

While Tomiyasu’s ability to play with either foot certainly helps in these situations, it is clear to see why White prefers other options when he looks to make a pass.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
5 West Ham United 20 10 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
12 Brentford FC 19 -3 23
13 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
14 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6



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