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Mikel Arteta updates on Ben White after Arsenal return

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By Jack Gallagher

Mikel Arteta said Ben White was “in great form” following the defender’s return to action in Arsenal’s friendly win against AC Milan.

White played in the first half of the Gunners’ 2-1 win on Tuesday, with Martin Odegaard and Reiss Nelson grabbing the goals in the win.

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The defender was forced out of the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar for personal reasons which were rumored to have been a fall between him and the Three Lions’ assistant chief Steve Holland.

Speaking of White’s return to action, Arteta told the press that he was happy with the defender’s fitness levels, stating: “I’m very happy, everyone has given him a lot of support and love which is what he needed.

“You know the reasons why he had to leave the pitch and we are delighted to have him back and to have him in great form.

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“It will take a few more days [for everyone else to return]. Granit is already here and training and willing to participate at the weekend, so we don’t have that many on the road now, so that’s a positive thing.”

Defender White has been in fantastic form for Arsenal this season, adapting to his new right-back role with ease as the Gunners find themselves at the top of the Premier League table in the second half of the season.

The Gunners will be back on action on 26 December when they take on West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Mikel Arteta updates on Ben White after Arsenal return.