Takehiro Tomiyasu Explains Why Arsenal Teammate Ben White Refused To Transfer To Him

Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu are regular fixture in Arsenal’s defence (Image: Getty)

Takehiro Tomiyasu insists there is a simple tactical reason behind White Ben often seizes the opportunity to pass him in Arsenal matches.

Both summer signings are regular signings in an Arsenal backline that is improving, having kept 10 clean sheets in all competitions this season.

Japan international Tomiyasu is a steady and reliable presence at right-back after being substituted from Hector Bellerin, who is on loan to Real Betis.

White, meanwhile, has yet to justify his £50m transfer fee, but he has formed an increasingly impressive partnership Gabriel Magalhaes the heart of the Arsenal defence.

Both of these players’ possession of the ball was on display to their part in a deft nine-pass move, culminating in Alexandre Lacazette’s superb opening goal in the 3-0 win. against Southampton last weekend.

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However, eagle-eyed Arsenal supporters have noticed White’s reluctance to pass the ball to Tomiyasu, but the former Bologna defender insists they are simply the explanation.

Tomiyasu said: ‘It’s because Ben White is a good player. Usually, the passes from the centre-back to the full-back become ‘pressure passes’.

‘I also play central defender, and simple passes to full-backs are really the last option that I consider. If the full-back is not under pressure, I will pass, but if the winger is right in front, you will be noticed by the press.

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

The pair will need to be in top form this evening as Arsenal host top rivals West Ham at the Emirates with the Gunners hoping to build on the win they need on Saturday, following successive defeats before Manchester United and Everton.

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