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Arsenal news: Arteta expects White to miss clash with Manchester City

Mikel Arteta expects Arsenal defender Ben White to miss the Manchester City clash.

What’s the story?

Speaking in his post-match press conference, the Spaniard was less than optimistic about the £50m ace featuring on Saturday.

It would hand the Gunners a bitter blow as they look to avoid a third consecutive defeat this season.

All the pre-match talk was dominated by the absence of White, who was out with COVID-19. Rob Holding and Pablo Mari started as a result of the ex-Brighton star’s absence on a dismal afternoon.

The north Londoners were condemned to a second 2-0 loss in a row by Chelsea. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Reece James was enough to see off Arteta’s men.

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When talking about the ‘brilliant’ 23-year-old, Arteta said: “I don’t think so no.”

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White admission from Arteta is worrying

The update about White from Arteta is extremely worrying news for Arsenal.

This season is already looking like a struggle for the club. The last thing they need is the absence of arguably their best defender.

White has enjoyed a superb introduction in the red and white of Arsenal.

He looked comfortable in pre-season, especially with his ability on the ball.

And after watching Mari fail in each of the opening two games, the Gunners desperately need the return of their £50m ace.

The Spaniard was bullied all game long by Lukaku, in what was a brutal watch.

White’s absence and Mari’s struggles hand Arteta a fairly big conundrum this weekend. Does he start Calum Chambers alongside Rob Holding? Or does he stick with the former Citizens defender?

Whatever happens, it is likely to be a tough afternoon.

Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel praised one Arsenal player.

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