'Very pleased': Mikel Arteta says 'special' Arsenal player looked 'really good' against Milan yesterday
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'Very pleased': Mikel Arteta says 'special' Arsenal player looked 'really good' against Milan yesterday

Mikel Arteta was asked about the performance of Ben White in Arsenal’s victory over AC Milan yesterday afternoon.

White played for the first time since he left England’s World Cup squad early as the Gunners beat the Italian champions 2-1.

He played at right-back as the Gunners got the victory which clinched the trophy in the Dubai Super Cup before the Premier League resumes.

At his post-match press conference, Arteta took the opportunity to praise the England defender, saying he was pleased with his performance.

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Arteta praises White

Arteta said of White: “Very pleased. Everybody has been giving him a lot of support and love. We know the reasons he had to leave the camp.

“We are delighted to have him back and he looked in really good shape. I’ve been having conversations with all the players at the World Cup.

“Not only with Ben but with all the players to try to give support when somebody needs it. We can’t control (stories and rumours).

“I know who Ben is, what he needs, what his character is and how happy we all are to have him at the club.”

Last month, Arteta has admitted to Football.London that he’s been really surprised at how good White has been this season. 

“I think he is very happy. I think he is really enjoying it,” he told Football.London

“He finds himself with a bit of freedom and you can see, when he has space, how he likes to attack. I think he is happy there.” 

Yeah (I was surprised), but he has this capacity. Physically he is a really special player,” Arteta added. 

“He is very intelligent and very gifted, and he has a lot of courage to play this game. If you tell him to play in midfield, he will. And he will give his best.” 

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