Neville urges Arsenal to strengthen one key part of the team

Gary Neville has urged Arsenal to sign a new full-back after watching Ben White struggle in that position last night.

Arsenal started this season with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace last night.

That win means the Gunners topped the league table for a few hours at least and it is a great way to start the new term.

However, Mikel Arteta had to field three of his best centre-backs in the match, with Ben White playing as a right back.

William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes had taken up the two centre-back spots on the team.

White struggled in that position for most of the game as Wilfried Zaha gave him a difficult time.

Former Manchester United man, Neville believes they need to bolster their defence.

He said on Sky Sports, as quoted by The Daily Mail: ‘My only concern with the fullbacks. It is difficult for Ben White switching to that position. You need to take 10 games or so to get used to it.’

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We need to have at least two good players in each position on our team, and we don’t have that depth in the right full-back spot now.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is the only trusted player in that position and he is often injured, so we need to buy someone else before this window closes.

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  1. please Arsenal buy us Tilesman and Lamtay from Brighton and make the club competitive this season we need the tittle this time

  2. Errrrm, so we have Tomi, White and AMN who’s played RB before and we stiill have Bellerin in our books.

    Does Nevilel realise we need to get rid of at least 2 of them before that?

  3. Think Neville has no idea what he is talking about typical ex utd opinion.
    Last night Ben made 8 tackles 3 clearances and 1 blocked shot.
    With Tomiyaso returning who is much quicker and better suited to that position we are fine.
    We do need cover for xaha in youri tellimens and maybe a winger cover saka that’s about it

  4. If arsenal get tilemans and a winger they really could challenge for the title this season saiba and Jesus added to the quality of players from last season Gabriel saka this team looks good I follow arsenal as my 2nd team behind Middlesbrough my hometown club and I’m really excited about arsenal this season something special could happen especially with 2 more editions to a already really good young team bit for me what’s just ad important is new long term contracts to saka and saiba

    1. I agree with you on Saliba and Saka renewals. We really need to act fast before Real/Barca/City come knocking. I hope the players will make it easier for the club as well.

    1. @Nabilo
      Guess you didn’t watch the match, or you would have seen Saliba backing up White and cleaning up after him. Saha ran White ragged…IJS

    2. I too thought White did excellent on Friday night against Zaha. Of course Zaha burned him once or twice but for the majority of the match White had Zaha in his sight. You can’t lockdown an opponent like Zaha 100%, he will go past you here and there. But I thought for about 80% of the time White matched him..

  5. Weird article. We wont do that. We have takehiro and cedric. Ben white, yes to perform there he would need maybe some more games but we wont buy a right back this summer.

  6. If I remember correctly they asked Neville after the match and he didn’t know what position he would strengthen for us and then said CM

  7. Ben White will make a fantastic RB with adequate training. He is after all a good right footed player. When Tommy gets fully fit, he will be alternating with him and learning at the same time at RB. There is
    really no use bringing in surplus players at the defence when there are enough of them including Rob Holding to retrain, adapt and alternate in the defence.
    Instead, let’s bring in Tielemans because Xhaka plays well but will cost AFC so much with indiscipline. This is very serious. Let us be proactive . 53 cards is indicative enough and a strong Red Light for all to see.
    Let the Coach take note . Tielemans, Partey, Mainland Niles. Lokonga and Mohammed Eleney can hold the Central Ford for AFC.
    Add an Attacker and Tielemans then AFC are challengers for Top three (3).

  8. Arsenal should add this three players, Tieleman, Werner and Maddison. If we get them, we will challenge for tittle this season.

  9. I thought he did OK against Zaha – he usually rinses our fullback at least once our twice, whoever it is. Not convinced Tomi would have had Zaha pocketed for the full match.
    White did OK going forwards as well – I think he’s playing the role well

  10. What we really need is a top creative midfielder . Party and Xhaka are very average in that respect. Viera is yet to proof himself. Odegaard plays too far forward so we havent had a decent creative midfielder since the days of Ozil and Santi Cazorla. Must look at what is avaliable !!
    Possibly Tielemans , Maddison , Sigurdson or what else is prooven and avaliable.

    1. Santi Cazorla is one of those generational players who is that good you didn’t know which foot was his weaker, which is crazy. A little magician with a smile & style that shined at Arsenal. Replacing him was never an option as he was irreplaceable as no other player comes close to the gift he had with a ball at both feet.

      Always remember the FA Cup Final comeback with his free kick lifting the whole of Wembley. What a player

  11. Back up for Partey is needed with that same player dislodging Xhaka to play alongside Thomas and filling in with that CDM role when, not if, partey pulls up injured again.

    Same with Pepe, we need him gone to bring an attacker in who can challenge Saka, keep him on his toes plus fill in for rest or injury no problems. Marquinhos looks like a super little player from the u21 game! He could well be in the big squad just like Gabi

  12. Sorry I can’t see your point, Ben played his position well and shut down Saha enough to frustrate him moving forward

  13. What I notice is a few unthinking Gooners who, simply because we paid £50 mill for White, who has done well imo, but not been an Adams, Sol Campbell or John Terry at CB, then unfairly haveturned against him and slate him even as RB!
    My firm view is that he did well at RB and unlike some Gooners, I DO NOT FORGET WHO he was playing against, in ZAHA. On the whole, Ben White kept “stary eyes Zaha” quiet and frustrated him.
    Now we have SALIBA, WHO WILL CLEARLY BE A ONE IN A GENERATION TYPE QUALITY CB, White will fight with Tomi for that RB role but is able to step in back to CB when ever we need him for injuries, or resting Gabriel or Saliba.

    Early days but on the evidence of the Palace game, SALIBA WILL SOON BE TALKED ABOUT AS AMONG THE VERY FINEST CB’s WORLDWIDE!

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