Takehiro Tomiyasu claims his Arsenal teammate Ben White is not passing the ball to him because he is a very good player … and would replicate the center-back’s style of play in a similar position
- Ben White appears to be avoiding switching to Arsenal teammate Takehiro Tomiyasu
- But Tomiyasu is keen to stress that this is good practice for a central defender.
- The duo have been key to Arsenal’s resurgence in the Premier League this season
Arsenal right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu believes there is no malice behind the idea that Gunners teammate Ben White is not passing him.
Eagle-eyed Arsenal fans have noticed that the center-back and signing of Â£ 50million have often neglected to pass on to compatriot Tomiyasu, who arrived in the summer, during games.
But Tomiyasu, who joined Bologna for Â£ 17million at the end of August, believes it shows the 24-year-old’s strong defensive spirit and ability to read the game.
Ben White (right) has been accused of failing to pass on to Arsenal teammate Takehiro Tomiyasu
The duo have been a key part of a team that has seen a resurgence this quarter as they challenge a Champions League spot under Mikel Arteta.
Tomiyasu said, âIt’s because Ben White is a good player. Often times, passes from the center back to full backs become ‘pressure passes’.
âI also play center and single passes to full backs is actually the last option I consider. If the full-back isn’t under pressure, I’ll play the pass, but if the winger is right in front, you’ll end up being caught by the press.
“So Ben White is a good player who doesn’t play passes that put you under pressure.”
The duo have formed a good defensive partnership in a resurgent Arsenal this season
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa reportedly trained White’s defensive traits
Theories had developed that the Whites simply did not trust the Japan international on the pitch as they moved into life at Arsenal together.
But a more likely explanation is that the aspect of the game was trained to him by Marcelo Bielsa.
White played under the Leeds boss on loan to the Championship club during their promotion to the top flight for the 2019-20 season, and the Argentina boss is believed to dislike the idea that his Center defenders play square passes to the full-back areas.
Tomiyasu has so far started every game for Arteta in the Premier League since arriving in late August, missing just 28 minutes of action in his 13 appearances after being substituted in September’s 1-0 win over Norwich in his beginnings.