Mikel Arteta lauds Ben White and Gabriel ‘chemistry’ and admits Arsenal did not deserve to beat Brighton

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised Ben White and Gabriel for how swiftly they have forged a formidable centre-back partnership.

The pair have only been put together this season after White arrived at in north London in a £50million in the summer.

They were unable to play together in the first three games of the campaign - which Arsenal lost - due to injury and illness, but have since begun to excel.

The duo have started four Premier League games together and the 0-0 draw at Brighton was their third clean sheet, with Heung-min Son’s consolation in last Sunday’s north London derby the only goal to have been scored against the Gunners in those matches.

Asked if Gabriel and White were gelling quicker than expected, Arteta said: “Yes, because they never played together, because Gabi is still a little bit struggling with the language and they didn’t have any time to work together in pre-season.

“They are getting a really good connection, good chemistry and I think their qualities match and compliment each other really well. I think both of them today were terrific.”

Arsenal were not at their best against Brighton, but they battled to claim a draw and Arteta was pleased to extend his side’s unbeaten run to five games.

“I think it was a point gained because I don’t think we deserved anything more than that,” he said.

“If we did deserve that point it’s because we defended really well the last 15, 20 minutes. But in general we never felt in control of the game, we struggled to break the press and get good sequences of passes in the final third. They made it really tough for us.”

The only worry was when Bukayo Saka limped off towards the end, but Arteta calmed fears of any possible injury.

“He should be fine. He got a knock, but he should be fine,” he said.

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