Following Arsenal’s 3-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, Tony Adams singled out Ben White for appreciation.
The defender, who joined the Gunners for £50 million in the summer transfer window from Brighton and Hove Albion, got his first taste of a North London Derby when he partnered Gabriel Magalhaes once more.
Given how bad Spurs were and how deadly his Arsenal teammates were in attack, White didn’t have much to do in the first half.
Emile Smith Rowe scored a goal and assisted on his way to being named man-of-the-match by Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka also scored.
While Adams lavished praise on the Hale End academy graduates as he reflected on the game in the Sky Sports studio, he had some special words for White.
“It was a fantastic, fantastic first half performance by the kids,” Adams added. “Saka, Emile Smith Rowe’s legs up and down, they really took the game.”
“Tomi [Tomiyasu] was one of my favorites, and I thought his positioning was perfect. They were outstanding all over the field, and the game was done in the first half, in my opinion.” I enjoyed the shape, the two holding midfielders won every header, Ben White was outstanding today, asserting himself in the first 15-20 minutes, and I’m looking forward to the game.
“I’ve been preaching for a long time that these boys need to hold these full-backs in and make it difficult for Saka and Smith Rowe to handle it, and I’m glad the youngsters did.”
Despite all of this acclaim, White was fortunate to escape a second-half tackle on Harry Kane.
Many Arsenal fans would have been concerned about a penalty being awarded when the 23-year-old appeared to bring his England international teammate down on the outskirts of the area.
Fortunately for White, no foul was called, and despite failing to keep a third consecutive Premier League clean sheet, he was still able to enjoy his first North London Derby in style.