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Ben White admits he did not know how good one Arsenal teammate was

Arsenal defender Benjamin White has admitted that he did not realise how good one of his teammates was before joining the club

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Arsenal defender Ben White has confessed to his initial underestimation of Kai Havertz’s abilities before the latter’s move from Chelsea to Arsenal last summer.

Havertz showcased his talent with a remarkable performance on Tuesday, netting twice against his former club in Arsenal’s stunning 5-0 victory. White himself contributed to the emphatic win with an unexpected second-half brace, following Leandro Trossard’s early goal that set the tone at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking about Havertz’s standout display, White praised the forward’s excellence, admitting, “Amazing. He deserves it. He’s been outstanding since he’s come in. You don’t realise how good he is until you play with him.”

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While Havertz’s time at Chelsea had its ups and downs, including a memorable winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final, his transition to Arsenal initially faced challenges. However, he has since become a crucial member of Mikel Arteta’s squad, contributing significantly to Arsenal’s pursuit of a league title, marking a stark contrast to his early days at the club.


Arsenal’s resounding victory over Chelsea propelled them three points clear at the top of the Premier League table, reigniting hopes of clinching their first league title since 2004. With a crucial match against north London rivals Tottenham looming, Arsenal aim to maintain their momentum and assert their dominance in the title race.

Reflecting on the impressive win, White understands the importance of consistency and maintaining peak performance levels. He highlighted the significance of Sunday’s upcoming clash and expressed confidence in Arsenal’s ability to deliver results, sending a message to their title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

“It’s important to keep going and play our best. Obviously it’s a massive game on Sunday. I hope they [Liverpool and Manchester City] are all watching. We can only do what we can do.

“We know we can score goals and today it was a quick game and it was important to put the ball away when we had the chance.”

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