According to the latest reports, Arsenal defender Ben White is set to undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game against Brentford on Saturday.
Premier League action returns this weekend after the latest international break with Mikel Arteta’s side currently sitting in third place, but only a point a behind first place Manchester City. Pee Guardiola’s side face Liverpool this weekend, meaning the Gunners could get the chance to go top if results go their way.
Arsenal travel to the GTEC Community Stadium for the late kick-off on Saturday afternoon and have been handed a boost as Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus have both returned to full fitness this week.
However it’s not all good news as Ben White has been ‘struggling with a muscle injury’ and is now being assessed ahead of Arsenal’s trip to West London.
Ben White has been a constant starter for Mikel Arteta’s side since joining the club for £50million in 2021. The 26-year-old has already made over 100 appearances for the Gunners and has played in all but one of the Gunners’ games this season.
Ben White is usually always available for Mikel Arteta so potentially not having him for the game against Brentford this weekend could be a big loss. However I’m sure with Takehiro Tomiyasu fit, Arsenal should be just fine to deal with the absence of Ben White for one game.
The 26-year-old’s injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long, if he does end up missing the game against Brentford on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta on Ben White after the victory over Burnley before the international break: “Yesterday in training he wasn’t comfortable. He didn’t look right. But Ben won’t give you much. He always wants to be on the pitch and he wants to hide anything that is in there.
“But we highlighted something happening there that we noticed in the last two weeks as well. We wanted to protect him today. It was the right call from the physios and the medical department and tomorrow we will assess him and understand what’s happening.”