Benjamin White: English Virgil or also just blonde?

nick gould

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Hes outstanding on the ball, no doubt. Burnley pressed well, and I think with Ødegaard and ESR still novices to the number 8 positions, we lacked options from midfield, so it was tough for him to really show his passing range. I think his trademark is that ball over the top down the right channel, I think we'll see that quite a lot.

Even if he turns out to be an average defender, his distribution from the back is a big plus for the team, especially if we ever move to a back 3.
I watched the game at the stadium and then watched full replay. My first initial thought when we signed him was that he doesn't have that arrogance that other not-so-tall world-class defenders have. I am talking about players like Ramos, Carlos Puyol (5 feet 10). I think he should be using Kounde as a role model. The boy is so polished it's unreal.

But when I watched him play against Burnley, I felt that he slowed things down a lot. Maybe it was the plan, we didn't want Burnley to build any momentum. Those mistakes that he made, I think it showed that he was not affected by his mistakes, he kept trying to play. When he wants too, he can jump really high. I think he will come good.
 

MikelHadADream

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I watched the game at the stadium and then watched full replay. My first initial thought when we signed him was that he doesn't have that arrogance that other not-so-tall world-class defenders have. I am talking about players like Ramos, Carlos Puyol (5 feet 10). I think he should be using Kounde as a role model. The boy is so polished it's unreal.

But when I watched him play against Burnley, I felt that he slowed things down a lot. Maybe it was the plan, we didn't want Burnley to build any momentum. Those mistakes that he made, I think it showed that he was not affected by his mistakes, he kept trying to play. When he wants too, he can jump really high. I think he will come good.

It depends what people expect of him. Due to the points you mentioned, I don't think he will ever be a world class CB, I don't think he's a good enough defender or is commanding enough (I think long term Saliba is that player for us). But I do think he will be a good player, he's great on the ball, athletic and versatile.

Regarding his ability on the ball, I wouldn't take much from the Burnley game. We played a very compact team and it was his third game with us, he's still adapting to the team. His distribution will improve as he gains more confidence imo.
 

Troopz

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Gunner boy dd

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Not sure about Upamecano, looked a bit suspect every time I’ve watched him play. Only seen him a handful of times though. Yeah Van Dijk is definitely up there, but for me it’s Bonnuci, Luiz and Sergio Ramos who I forgot to mention.
 

Taylor Gang Gunners

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Sometimes stats can be misleading. Just what Benny Blanco play he can clearly create openings from the back. It’s not just his passing his dribbling is very good- he can progress the ball either way.

I’m pleased with him and he’s still very young. A big game against Harry Kane will kickstart his Arsenal career in the best way possible.
 

razörist

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Sometimes stats can be misleading. Just what Benny Blanco play he can clearly create openings from the back. It’s not just his passing his dribbling is very good- he can progress the ball either way.

I’m pleased with him and he’s still very young. A big game against Harry Kane will kickstart his Arsenal career in the best way possible.
This is why you are an elite poster m8 always levels above the competition.
 

Xillin

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This first half he's been beyond elite, no words. Do this again the next 45 minutes and you will easily shut everyone up BW!
 

samerbeni

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In what way and how often does your virginity affect your life? How many people know about it? Are you a 'closet' virgin or are you open about it? Are you ashamed of it?
 

RunTheTrap

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His best performance so far. Really kept Kane quiet for most of the match. However, he does have the Bozo gene. He will probably make one big mistake every game. Sometimes it will get punished and sometimes it won't. Kicking out on Kane like that was idiotic but thankfully we got a bit lucky.
 

Gooner1988TK

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His best performance so far. Really kept Kane quiet for most of the match. However, he does have the Bozo gene. He will probably make one big mistake every game. Sometimes it will get punished and sometimes it won't. Kicking out on Kane like that was idiotic but thankfully we got a bit lucky.
Yeah the same trait Koscielny had!
 

Monstar-Gunn4r

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Poor Kane got pocketed against the guy who he thought was gonna be easy change. Loved his sliding tackle early in the game dispossessing Son(?) while holding on to the ball. Put his leg out in front of Kane but was quick to get it back in without Kane touching it, Kane thought his dive would be enough to turn the tide of the game but alas it wasnt Mike Dean today.

Dont know whether it was Nuno's decision or Kane's but Kane moved over to Gabriel's side more in the second half but got pocketed by Gabriel then. Absolutely brilliant to have 2 centrebacks in form.
 

Tir Na Nog

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So glad this guy put in a great performance today, he was getting so much over the top unjustified abuse and being written off ridiculously. All of a sudden we've got a better keeper behind him, our first choice back 4 and our first choice midfield pivot and it helps him settle in a bit more. Who would have thought?
 

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