Emmanuel Petit worried about Arsenal defender Ben White after ‘really weird’ incident


    Ben White has featured in all 14 of Arsenal's games so far this season (Picture: Getty)
    Ben White has featured in all 14 of Arsenal’s top-flight games so far this season (Picture: Getty)

    Emmanuel Petit is worried about Arsenal defender Ben White after a ‘really weird’ incident at the World Cup in Qatar.

    White travelled out to Qatar with the England squad but was sent home early after an alleged bust-up with Three Lions assistant boss Steve Holland.

    The 25-year-old did not appear in any of England’s matches as Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten by France in the quarter-finals.

    According to the Daily Star, White became unhappy in the England camp and struggled to mix with his fellow international team-mates before he fell out with Southgate’s No.2 Holland in front of the rest of the squad.

    Holland and White allegedly had a heated exchange when the defender turned up to a team meeting prior to the 0-0 draw with the USA not knowing some key information over his own personal stats with the assistant manager also angry over the player’s lack of knowledge of their American opposition.

    ‘Ben White… What happened to him was really weird,’ former Gunner Petit told Mega Casino.

    ‘He left the national team because he had an argument with someone? Come on, it’s a World Cup!

    England v USA: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
    Ben White did not appear in any of England’s matches in Qatar (Picture: Getty)

    ‘This is a once in a lifetime event. If something happened, it must have been very serious for him to leave.

    ‘We all know what it means to wear the national shirt. How will his state of mind be?

    ‘Will he be the same player after he took the big decision to leave the England squad? Will he get a nasty reception when he plays in away stadiums?

    ‘This is unprecedented in the history of football and I have no idea what will happen when the teams go back.’

    Mikel Arteta has revealed plans to ‘psychologically assess’ Arsenal’s World Cup stars as the Premier League season gets back up and running.

    The Gunners, top of the table and five points clear of second-placed Manchester City, host West Ham at the Emirates on Monday.

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