Arsenal star Rob Holding has admitted that Ben White is a ‘mentality monster’ after playing through the pain against Newcastle.
White joined Arsenal from Brighton in 2021 for £50million, which raised eyebrows for his price tag, but he has shut down his critics.
The defender, who can play at right-back and at centre-back, has been pivotal to Mikel Arteta’s side.
Last season, he played every game in the Premier League while his debut campaign at the Emirates saw him miss six games through injury.
However, there was one match where even the physio table could not keep him down when he played through a hamstring tear against Newcastle toward the end of the season.
On May 7, 2022, Arsenal took on the Magpies at St. James’ Park with a spot in the top four in the offing.
Speaking on Tea With Timbsy, Holding recalled: “The player who has real discomfort and injuries and just cracks on is Ben White. I don’t know how he does it. I have no idea how he does it.
“When we played Newcastle away in the Amazon year (2021/22 season), he would have had a grade two/grade three hamstring injury easily.
“His hamstring was shot to hell and he went out there and played.
“He’s a mentality monster, I don’t know how he does it. It’s mental.
“He’ll be in so much pain but he’ll just trigger into game mode and play. He’s die hard. He’ll run through a brick wall for you.”
While White would impress Holding, it would be a difficult day for Arsenal.
The Gunners lost 2-0 to Newcastle with White scoring an own goal, accidentally pushing Joelinton’s cross past Aaron Ramsdale.
Bruno Guimaraes netted late on to hand Mikel Arteta a devastating loss having been beaten 3-0 by Tottenham the week before.
It meant that Spurs would pip the Gunners to the top four, though that did little to stop Arsenal’s momentum.
The following campaign, Arteta would turn his side into title challengers and battle Manchester City for the Premier League trophy.
Tottenham, meanwhile, suffered a miserable season where Antonio Conte and Cristian Stellini would both be sacked as managers.
They ultimately finished eighth and out of Europe entirely before Ange Postecoglou was hired this summer.
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