A new role could be the cause of Arsenal man’s struggle with fitness

The Premier League injury expert Ben Dinnery has suggested playing as a right back could be blamed for Ben White’s recent injury struggles.

White was signed as Arsenal’s most expensive centre-back last season and he played in that position in 2021/2022.

However, William Saliba returned to the club after his stunning loan spell at Olympique Marseille last season and he is now partnering Gabriel Magalhaes at centre-back.

This forced Mikel Arteta to move White to the right-back spot.

The Englishman is still one of the most important members of the team, but he is playing out of position.

Dinnery explains that a new spot requires adaptation and White could be feeling the effect of not playing at centre-back.

He tells Football Insider:

“There are different body positions, different movements, different intensities. You are coming up against players like Wilfried Zaha, who he faces on the opening day of the season.

“You are having to cover greater distances at higher intensities with less recovery time. For a centre-half, you’re expected to cover less distance than a full-back.

“Gone or the days of a static back four. The full-backs are a lot more adventurous. With heat maps, they are placed a lot higher up the pitch. It takes time to adapt.”

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White has played as a right-back before now, so playing in that position should not be new to him.

However, Dinnery is an expert in this matter and he is probably speaking the truth.

That does not mean we will change our team’s configuration now.

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  1. “Could be the cause of Arsenal man’s struggle for fitness”. What struggles for fitness have we observed or has the player shown the first two months of the campaign?

    This is a nonsense article, with little news. And, when White suffers an injury, later this season — ANY injury for any cause, even getting out of the shower — Just Arsenal will trumpet: “See, we told you so!”

    Let’s do an article, “ESR’s new diet may be the cause of his continuing injury struggles.”. Although ESR has admitted to much healthier choices over the past 18 months, that change in diet may be the cause of his continuing injuries. That boy’s body was raised on chips, hand him the crisps!!

  2. “Injury expert”, eh?

    Look the guy up on LinkedIn, his career, such as it is, has been as a “digital content writer” who also claims (now) that during that time he did some data analysis on injuries.

    He formed his own little company in 2014 but… his involvement with that runs concurrently with other work, including… digital content writing.

    Basically, he seems to be a journalist inventing a role for himself as a self-proclaimed “expert”.

    This is all his company does according to his own profile – apparently it’s mostly marketing itself:

    Founder of Premier Injuries Limited
    Aug 2014 – Present · 8 yrs 2 mosAug 2014 – Present · 8 yrs 2 mos
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    • Develop a social media strategy to increase brand awareness and engagement.
    • Plan content and delivery.
    • Manage campaigns that promote the business and brand.
    • Facilitate social media communities by responding to posts and developing discussion.
    • Monitor and report on performance using Google Analytics.
    • Form key relationships with influencers across social media platforms.
    • Drive innovation and optimisation across social media channels.

    Why give these people oxygen?

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