Mikel Arteta hails Ben White, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel and Takehiro Tomiyasu as the future of Arsenal
Mikel Arteta hails Ben White, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel and Takehiro Tomiyasu as the Gunners’ new ‘fab four’ and believes the quartet could be Arsenal’s base for years to come.
- Arsenal are undefeated since the quartet first played together earlier this month.
- Mikel Arteta believes that Kieran Tierney, Ben White, Gabriel, and Takehiro Tomiyasu can form a lasting partnership for the Gunners as a first-choice defensive unit.
- Arsenal built success in the 1990s and early 2000s with a strong back of four
- They are unbeaten in the last five Premier League games before traveling to Leicester
Mikel Arteta has downgraded his new four image to be Arsenal’s base for years to come.
The Gunners have been undefeated since Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney first played together early last month.
And with an average age of just 23, Arteta believes he has finally found four defenders capable of forming a lasting partnership and solving Arsenal’s perennial problem of sending goals.
Arsenal are undefeated since Takehiro Tomiyasu (not pictured), Ben White (center), Gabriel (right) and Kieran Tierney (left) first played together early last month.
“I think they all have the qualities to complement each other and the connection between them is natural,” admitted Arsenal manager Arteta before Saturday’s trip to Leicester.
‘We are only in October, there are still eight months to play.
“In the long run we will see what we get, but so far I am really satisfied with them.
‘The potential is there because of the qualities that they individually have and how they complement each other with those qualities.
Mikel Arteta believes that the quartet could be the cornerstone of Arsenal’s defense for a long time
Ben White has so far impressed since arriving from Brighton for £ 50 million in the summer.
“With the age of the group that we have, if we manage them well and they are willing to maintain that, they have a really bright future.”
Unlike the legendary four Arsenal defenders of the 1990s, who were all English, Arteta’s current first-choice defense includes players from Japan, England, Brazil and Scotland.
“You have to connect different cultures, languages, ways of thinking, different backgrounds, because everyone has been trained in different ways,” said Arteta.
‘You have to link the pieces, but I am lucky because they are very willing to learn, understand and do their best. When that happens, things are a little easier. ‘
After a difficult start to the season, Arsenal are undefeated in the last five Premier League games
Tony Adams (left) and Martin Keown were key figures in Arsenal’s four defenders in the 1990s.
Left-back Tierney is a doubt to face Leicester at lunchtime, as he missed last week’s win over Aston Villa with an ankle injury, when he was replaced by 21-year-old Portuguese Nuno Tavares. .
Meanwhile, £ 50 million Arsenal center-half White should be in good shape despite spotting a disease that has been circulating the team this week.
The England international received criticism earlier this month, including from Gunners legend Patrick Vieira, when he confessed that he had never watched football games, not even now.
Tierney remains a doubt for Saturday lunchtime trip to Leicester with an ankle injury
But Arteta said: ‘If you force a player to do something that doesn’t interest him out here, it’s going to be very difficult.
“The most important thing is that he shows passion for playing. Every day to train and enjoy playing soccer, which is what he has.
‘If we believed this could be better, this is something we would discuss. But right now what he’s doing is working well for him.
‘I really like his character. When I met him, that’s when we made the decision to sign him. ‘