Brighton boss Graham Potter has praised each Arsenal and Ben White following the 24-year-old’s glorious first season in north London.
The Gunners signed White for £50million in the summertime switch window. It was a choice that each Edu and Mikel Arteta have been criticised for – particularly after veteran winner Raphael Varane moved to Manchester United for significantly much less (£35m) than what Arsenal paid for the Englishman. Nonetheless, regardless of a ‘shaky’ begin, as Potter has described, White has proven his price in purple and white and is now very a lot a part of Arteta’s long-term plan.
He struggled in opposition to Brentford on debut because the Bees went onto win their first topflight sport in 74 years 2-0. He then suffered from a bout with Covid, as his teammates crashed on the pitch and dropped to the underside of the desk earlier than September. Since then, nonetheless, he is turned issues round. White’s pressured his means again into Gareth Southgate’s England and has helped the Gunners on their quest for Champions League soccer.
Now, Potter has praised each participant and membership for serving to White to develop. Talking at his pre-match press convention for Saturday’s conflict, as cited by our colleagues at Sussex Dwell, White’s former boss stated: “He has definitely made progress and congratulations to him, Mikel [Arteta], and the employees at Arsenal, he is taken a step. After we made the sale we thought that may occur as a result of he is a superb age, a superb particular person, good participant, good qualities.
“I feel Arsenal deserve credit score, they recognized him, they paid the charge and so they recognised what it was they needed and so they have used it properly. [He] received off to a shaky begin, I feel within the first sport of the season in a defeat to Brentford however from then he has grown and grown. You’ll be able to see his high quality and what he brings to the group.”
Potter’s Brighton journey to Emirates Stadium this weekend in what is a vital conflict for Arsenal within the race for prime 4. White will in the end be hoping to proceed his good type in opposition to his former employers.