Nigel Winterburn: Ben White’s decision-making must improve

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Nigel Winterburn: Ben White’s decision-making must improve

Arsenal host Spurs this weekend in the North London derby and plenty of eyes will be on Ben White, who will be tasked with the job of keeping Harry Kane quiet.

The former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has had his say on the £50million defender and where he thinks White will look to improve his game.

“Ben White needs time to settle in at Arsenal. When I played, and even now when I’m doing analysis, we should give players six months to settle into a club,” Winterburn told Paddy Power. “But when you cost £50m and you’re thrust into the first team, you’re going to be judged immediately.

“He’ll be judged differently to when he was at Brighton. I don’t know whether he’s looked nervy or on edge, but he needs time to settle in and play with that back four.”

Arsenal have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League, with two consecutive 1-0 wins over Norwich and Burnely. Tottenham will pose a different threat to the Arsenal back line though and Winterburn thinks that White will benefit from working on his decision making.

“If I was a manager and giving him advice, what I would say to him is decision-making.

“Playing out from the back is all about risk assessment. It doesn’t matter what a manager asks you to do, if Ben thinks it’s too risky to do that, he has to take the other option. He has to think more while he’s playing.”

Despite the Gunners inconsistent start to the season so far, Winterburn does think that they are coming into this game as the favourites.

“Arsenal will be favourites because they are the home team. The odds markets would say that it will be close, but Arsenal’s home record against Tottenham is very good.

“Arsenal having two wins and two clean sheets is excellent and pleasing, it builds momentum and belief. You’d certainly be the happier of the two managers if you were Mikel Arteta.

“However, it’s a North London Derby and these games throw up such interesting scenarios, but in my mind, Arsenal are the clear favourites.”

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FA react as Lukaku calls for meeting, questions taking knee

Romelu Lukaku believes Chelsea can lead an example in the fight against discrimination.

Lukaku has long been forthright and outspoken over football’s continued battle with racist abuse.

The striker has  and has often been the subject of racist abuse, once pointing out that ‘when things were going well, I was reading newspapers articles and they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker’ but ‘when things weren’t going well, they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker of Congolese descent’.

He has opened up once again on the situation, calling on social media CEOs and football associations to take action.

“The captains of every team, and four or five players, like the big personalities of every team, should have a meeting with the CEOs of Instagram and governments and the FA and the PFA, and we should just sit around the table and have a big meeting about it,” Lukaku told CNN in an exclusive interview.

“How we can attack it straight away, not only from the men’s game, but also from the women’s game.

“I think just all of us together and just have a big meeting and have a conference and just talk about stuff that needs to be addressed to protect the players, but also to protect fans and younger players that want to become professional footballers.”

CNN add that an FA spokesperson confirmed Chelsea had been contacted ‘directly to arrange a discussion with Lukaku’.

“We always welcome conversations on this important subject with players and others across the game,” the spokesperson said. The PFA has also ‘reached out to Lukaku through Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta to try and organise a meeting and find out how they can better work together.’

Lukaku shows no sign of giving up this battle.

“At the end of the day, football should be an enjoyable game,” he said. “You cannot kill the game by discrimination. That should never happen.

“Football is joy, it’s happiness and it shouldn’t be a place where you feel unsafe because of the opinion from some uneducated people.

“If you want to stop something, you can really do it. We as players, we can say: ‘Yeah, we can boycott social media,’ but I think it’s those companies that have to come and talk to the teams, or to the governments, or to the players themselves and find a way how to stop it because I really think they can.”

Chelsea showed their initiative in that regard by launching the No To Hate campaign in March after Reece James was the victim of racist abuse. Lukaku feels such movements set an example.

“I think right now, from the owner to us, the players, we as a club, we are really putting out a statement and taking a position that stuff like that should not be tolerated,” he said.

“Because, in our team, we have a lot of players that represent the club from different nationalities, different skin colours, different religions, also the women’s team where it’s the same thing.

“So I think us as a club, I think we should be an example for the other teams and basically say that, you know, whenever a form of discrimination is happening, that the club is taking a strong position and prosecuting everything that’s happening in the stands.”

Teammate Marcos Alonso suggested that taking the knee before matches was “losing a bit of strength” and he would instead point to the club’s badge. Lukaku will continue with the former gesture but admits taking the knee has its limitations.

“I think we can take stronger positions, basically,” he said. “Yeah, we are taking the knee, but in the end, everybody’s clapping but…sometimes after the game, you see another insult.”

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