Takehiro Tomiyasu has simple theory why Arsenal teammate Ben White does not pass to him


Mikel Arteta will be hoping his side can build on Saturday’s 3-0 win over Southampton with another victory when they play West Ham on Wednesday

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Arsenal right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu has clarified why fellow defender Ben White doesn’t pass the ball to him.

Numerous Arsenal fans have spotted that the £50million arrival from Brighton often opts against such a thing during games.

Tomiyasu moved to the Emirates this summer for £17m from Serie A side Bologna and the Japanese defender has already established a starting berth at Arsenal.

And Tomiyasu has recently revealed that the reason White rarely passes him the ball is nothing personal.

“It is because Ben White is a good player,” he said. “Often, passes from the centre back to the full-backs become ‘pressure passes’.”

“I play centre back too, and simple passes to the full-backs are actually the last option I consider. If the full-back is not under opposition pressure I will play the pass, but if the winger is right in front, you’ll end up caught by the press.

“So Ben White is a good player who doesn’t play passes that put you under pressure.”

And that particular aspect of White’s game is set to have developed during his Leeds days under Marcelo Bielsa.

The 24-year-old spent a season on loan at the then-Championship club during the 2019-20 campaign, which culminated in Leeds winning promotion back to the Premier League.

Tomiyasu has played in every single game since arriving in north London at the end of August and has kept the likes of Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers out of the team.

The Japan international and fellow defender White kept a valuable clean sheet during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates.

Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners after 20 minutes, before Martin Odegaard added a second six minutes later.

Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes made sure of the win shortly after the hour mark with a well-timed header from a corner from fellow compatriot Gabriel Martinelli.

The win moves Arsenal up to sixth in the table and Arteta’s side are now just two points adrift of the Champions League places.

Speaking after the win, Arteta said: “In the first 15 minutes we started the game a little bit nervy, we gave some difficult balls away and we could not dominate the game.

“After that I think we picked up the rhythm of the game. We scored a really, really good goal and after that we went on to start dominating the game better and better. After half-time we encouraged the players to keep going, and try to be a threat and attack them.

“I think we did that really well and we created more chances to score more goals. So I think overall – and after a defeat – I think it’s good to get a performance like that, and a result like this.”

Next up for Arsenal is David Moyes’ West Ham at the Emirates on Wednesday.

The Gunners will then face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds at Elland Road three days later.

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