Comparing Ben White’s 22-23 stats to England’s other right-backs

Arsenal's Ben White during his side's thumping victory over Nottingham Forest in their Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London, October 2022. Credit: Alamy
Arsenal's Ben White during his side's thumping victory over Nottingham Forest in their Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London, October 2022. Credit: Alamy

Ben White has enjoyed an excellent start to the season with Arsenal but will it be enough for inclusion in England’s World Cup squad? We’ve compared his 2022-23 stats with the other right-backs at Gareth Southgate’s disposal in an attempt to answer that question…

White, who signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2021, was deployed as a centre-back during his debut season at the Emirates but switched to right-back following the imperious form of William Saliba.

The 25-year-old has started all of Arsenal’s Premier League games on the right side of defence where he has kept out Takehiro Tomiyasu and helped Mikel Arteta’s side stay at the top of the table.

His dazzling displays have led to calls for him to be recalled by Southgate for the World Cup finals in Qatar this month, where he could play at right-back.

Speaking to talkSPORT on behalf of Mr Gamble, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell said: “I would think that a versatile player like Ben White, who can play as a centre-back in a two or a three and as a right-back, then I think he should be worth his weight in gold.

“That’s when you consider the injuries that have come up within that England squad. Ultimately, it’s down to the manager and if Gareth Southgate doesn’t fancy him, then I don’t see Ben White going to the World Cup.

“It’s all got to come down to the manager, if the manager fancies Ben White, then he’s playing at a very high level right now. He’s also playing for the league leaders which should be enough in my opinion.

“The manager should know what Ben White can and can’t do, so the only reason that he doesn’t go to Qatar is if he doesn’t fancy him as far as I’m concerned.”

With Reece James on the sidelines and Trent Alexander-Arnold enduring an indifferent season, there’s every chance White could be called upon by Southgate but how would he fare at the finals?

We’ve crunched the numbers and compared White’s Premier League stats with England’s four main right-backs to ascertain whether he’d be suitable for inclusion in the World Cup squad.

Goals
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 1
Reece James – 1
Kieran Trippier – 1
Kyle Walker – 0
Ben White – 0

Assists
Kieran Trippier – 2
Ben White – 2
Reece James – 1
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 0
Kyle Walker – 0

Minutes per goal or assist
Reece James – 279
Kieran Trippier – 385.6
Ben White – 488.5
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 817
Kyle Walker – N/A

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 1.4 (0.6)
Reece James – 1 (0.4)
Kieran Trippier – 0.5 (0)
Ben White – 0.2 (0.1)
Kyle Walker – 0.2 (0)

Dribbles (success rate)
Reece James – 1.0 (50%)
Kyle Walker – 0.5 (71.4%)
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 0.3 (75%)
Kieran Trippier – 0.2 (40%)
Ben White – 0.2 (25%)

Fouls won per 90 minutes
Reece James – 1.0
Ben White – 0.8
Kieran Trippier – 0.7
Kyle Walker – 0.5
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 0.1

Passes per 90 minutes (success rate)
Kyle Walker – 91.4 (91.2%)
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 68.5 (76.5%)
Reece James – 57.3 (91.3%)
Ben White – 55.5 (86.1%)
Kieran Trippier – 51.8 (78%)

Chances created per 90 minutes
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 2.5
Kieran Trippier – 2.4
Reece James – 1.5
Ben White – 0.7
Kyle Walker – 0.5

Tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Reece James – 2.4 (92.3%)
Ben White – 2.4 (80%)
Kieran Trippier – 1.6 (64%)
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 1.5 (62.5%)
Kyle Walker – 0.3 (33%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Kieran Trippier – 1.4
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 1.1
Reece James – 1.0
Ben White – 0.7
Kyle Walker – 0.6

Clearances per 90 minutes
Kieran Trippier – 2.0
Ben White – 1.9
Reece James – 1.1
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 0.9
Kyle Walker – 0.8

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