Ben White claims he does not follow football as he is 'always busy'

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
White's move to Arsenal was one of the deals of the summer
White's move to Arsenal was one of the deals of the summer / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Ben White has revealed that he did not follow football growing up and does not watch games now as he is "always busy".

White sealed a £50m move to Arsenal in the summer after impressing for Leeds United and Brighton over the previous two seasons.

On Monday night his side is facing off against Crystal Palace, who are currently managed by Gunners legend Patrick Vieira. However, in a recent interview with Sky Sports, White confessed to not knowing very much about the former midfielder.

"Football is so intense," he said. "You come in every day giving 100 per cent. All I want to do is go home and not think about it, then come in in the morning fresh and ready to give 100 per cent again.

"I watch myself for analytical reasons. I watch England, maybe, but I'm always busy doing something. I wouldn't just sit down and watch a game.

"I didn't ever watch football when I was younger. I still don't now. I just loved the game, I was always playing it, never watching.

"So I don't know too much about the older generations, but I know Vieira was a very good player. But I don't know the details."

White has impressed in recent weeks after making a shaky start to life in north London on the opening day of the season. The defender struggled to deal with the aerial threat of Ivan Toney as the Gunners fell to a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Brentford.

Shortly after that disappointment, the centre-back contracted coronavirus which ruled him out of subsequent games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

He added: "The first game didn't go very well. Then I got Covid and missed two games. Then we were straight back in and that's where we picked up.

"I don't think adapting to a big club (was a reason for my slow start). It didn't feel like a big club when I came here. Everyone is so nice and welcoming.

"Clean sheets are the aim for the team. I don't think it's just the back four and goalie that keep a clean sheet - it's the whole team. It's come into my game since I've been at Arsenal - the love of defending and keeping a clean sheet."