Ben White names offender after being rescued by ‘excellent’ player in nightmare Arsenal moment
Arsenal defender Ben White accused Burnley’s dry pitch of his stray back pass which almost cost the Gunners a penalty at Turf Moor.
Mikel Arteta’s side ground out a crucial 1-0 victory over the Clarets on Saturday, their second of the season.
Indeed, they have now notched two clean-sheet victories following three successive losses and nine goals conceded.
Summer signing Martin Odegaard’s free-kick was the difference in the end.
However, two of his fellow new arrivals had parts in a moment to forget for Arsenal.
White played a short back pass to Aaron Ramsdale and the goalkeeper had to stretch into a challenge with Matej Vydra.
Referee Anthony Taylor initially gave a penalty but reversed the decision after a VAR check.
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“It was a tough one, my heart skipped a beat for a second,” White told Arsenal’s official website.
“It was really, really dry out there today and my pass back didn’t get there at all. Luckily Aaron came to save me.”
Nevertheless, the win moved Arsenal up to 13th in the Premier League table. What’s more, White saw the value in another clean sheet after last weekend’s win over Norwich.
“I think clean sheets are really important,” the £50million signing from Brighton said.
“If you get that, you’ve got a good chance of winning. We’ve got the quality up front so if we’re keeping a clean sheet, we’re always going to win a game.”
Speaking after the match, BBC Sport pundit Neil Lennon lauded Ramsdale for his performance.
“Clean sheet, another 1-0 win, it is like the Arsenal of old!”
Arsenal return to action on Wednesday when facing AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup, before playing Tottenham in the north London derby.
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