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‘All of a sudden’: Kevin Campbell says Arsenal player became so much more attacking after half-time vs Tottenham
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‘All of a sudden’: Kevin Campbell says Arsenal player became so much more attacking after half-time vs Tottenham

Arsenal fans are going to be enjoying their north London derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur for a long time to come.

Their 3-1 victory over Spurs secured their place at the top of the Premier League after a fantastic start to the season.

Speaking on the Highbury Squad, Kevin Campbell was impressed by a tactical change Mikel Arteta made on Saturday.

The north London rivals went into half-time all square, with Granit Xhaka apologising to his teammates during the break.

However, Arsenal came out the blocks flying in the second half, and were back ahead within five minutes.

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Gabriel Jesus scored his fifth league goal of the season, after Bukayo Saka’s shot wasn’t properly dealt with.

However, Campbell believes this goal all comes from Ben White being more attacking after the break.

White’s overlapping run forced Ivan Perisic to give Saka an inch of space in the box.

The young winger didn’t hesitate and whipped in a shot towards Hugo Lloris that resulted in Arsenal’s second goal.

White became so much more attacking after half-time

Campbell was singing White’s praises on the Highbury Squad podcast, saying: “The adjustment made at half-time was a significant one.

“Ben White, all of a sudden, started to leave that position and overlap, and caused Spurs no end of problems.

“The double team all of a sudden got a lot looser on Saka, because Ben White started to overlap.

“That’s why Saka could then go one-on-one, take it inside and get his shot off.

“Normally, when they’re banked up on him, and no one’s making the overlap, he goes outside, he’s got a man there, he comes inside, he’s got a man there.

“So, that’s why he has to pass it.

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“But second half, when you’ve got somebody running at speed on the outside, it creates another problem for Spurs defence. They couldn’t handle it.

“A lot of people don’t give him the credit he deserves. That cross for (Gabriel) Jesus was inch-perfect.”

White has been deployed in a less familiar right-back position by Arteta all season.

Naturally a centre-back, it’s not White’s natural game to play as a more attacking full-back.

However, he’s clearly growing into the role, and proving more support to Bukayo Saka.

White has one assist this season, which came on Saturday, playing the pass into Thomas Partey’s path for his long-range effort.

Although it wasn’t a particularly eye-catching assist, but White sitting that high up the pitch allowed him to get involved in the build-up.

Ian Wright was White was ‘magnificent’ against Tottenham, and it’s very hard to disagree.

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