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