Arsenal in-house snub towards Mikel Arteta’s star signing leaves fans confused at club decision – Chris Davison


We now find ourselves at the start of a new month which means Arsenal have revealed their nominations for October’s Player of the Month.

The Gunners are enjoying a nine-game unbeaten run after most recently coming away 2-0 winners at Leicester City last Saturday, so picking out just four players was always going to to a tricky task.

The nominations are Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Magalhaes, Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

I don’t think we can argue about the first three, all of them have been very good and have played a huge part in recent results. However, the inclusion of Aubameyang does baffle me to a certain extent and I feel someone much more deserving should have got in ahead of him.

Ben White arrived this summer along with the pressure which comes with a £50 million price tag and after a challenging start, it wasn’t long before the critics got on his back.

Despite some concerning signs early on and the setback due to a positive COVID-19 result, White has bounced back superbly and been a big contributor to Arsenal’s current run.

His reading of the game, passing ability, explosive forward runs and composure has made him a rock in Mikel Arteta’s backline alongside Gabriel.

During the four games that White completed in October, he attempted 145 passes whilst completing 126 of them, finishing with an average pass completion percentage of 86.2%.

Ben White put in some fine performances during October and is unfortunate not to be amongst Arsenal's POTM nominations.
Ben White put in some fine performances during October and is unfortunate not to be amongst Arsenal’s POTM nominations.

The Englishman also made three tackles, two of which won Arsenal back possession, intercepted play on 12 occasions and made zero errors leading to an opponent’s shot.

The 24-year-old played a total of five games last month, Arsenal won three and drew two.

I think it’s important to add that Aubameyang has also improved a lot in recent weeks, most noticeably after Alexandre Lacazette entered the frame once again. He has worked hard, linked up well with others and secured himself two goals along with one assist.

Despite this, Auba has still been fairly quiet apart from an impressive display against Aston Villa and although it was a tidy finish, one of his two goals was a penalty rebound.

I’m by no means trying to pick out a negative in every one of his performances, but if you were to ask me who I thought had a stronger month, I’d go with White.

He may have not made the list for now, but I am confident that White will soon be a contender if he continues with his fine set of displays at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

I’m sure we can all agree that it’s been great to see him flourish so far.

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