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Mikel Arteta says 24-year-old Arsenal player has the characteristics 'any manager wants'
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Mikel Arteta says 24-year-old Arsenal player has the characteristics 'any manager wants'

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has told the Gunners media team that Ben White‘s versatility and class are qualities “any manager wants”.

The Arsenal head coach was speaking about the Gunners defender’s controversial absence from the latest England squad.

White has been a regular for Arsenal this season. He has started every one of their Premier League games and helping them go top of the table.

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But despite this, the £50million Gunners man failed to make the cut for England’s upcoming Nations League matches.

Gareth Southgate has opted for a centre-back selection of Eric Dier, Conor Coady, Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi, John Stones and Harry Maguire.

Ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Brentford on Sunday, the Gunners media team asked Arteta about the White news.

He’s played in both positions [centre-back and right-back], sometimes he’s been selected, sometimes not,” replied the Spaniard.

“I think to have versatile players that can play at the level that Ben can in both positions at central defender and fullback, it’s something that, in my opinion, any manager wants.

“Especially when you go to a tournament where a lot of things can happen.

“That’s Gareth Southgate’s decision and his coaching staff and what I can tell you is whenever Ben gets the call, he will be ready.”

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“I need someone to tell me a reasonable argument”

Earlier this week, talkSPORT pundit Darren Bent expressed his outrage at White missing out and Maguire making the cut.

The pundit told talkSPORT: “How can Maguire be in the squad and Ben White not be?

“I need someone to tell me a reasonable argument.

“By trade, Ben White is a centre-half. Maguire’s got no form and he’s not playing.”

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