Ben White is thriving for Arsenal. Should he go to the World Cup?

White is fit, versatile and in great form for the league leaders. Gareth Southgate should have him on the plane to QatarBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWilliam Saliba’s return to Arsenal in the summer after his loan spell at Marseille presented Mikel Arteta with a selection conundrum in defence. The Frenchman shone in Ligue 1 last season but Arteta already had two very good centre-backs in Ben White and Gabriel Magalhães. They were first choice last season, when Arsenal finished fifth, so Saliba’s return threw a spanner in the works.Arsenal’s defensive line had a clear pattern last season: the left-back was given the licence to attack and the right-back would tuck inside to ensure the team was not caught out. Takehiro Tomiyasu joined from Bologna last year to carry out this duty at right-back, and he did it brilliantly when fit, but an injury towards the end of the campaign restricted the Japanese defender to just 20 starts in the Premier League.

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