By Ben Dinnery

20th Sep, 2022 | 9:56am

Medical insider issues 'extreme' Ben White injury claim amid Arsenal latest

Arsenal star Ben White may be experiencing fitness issues because of the more “extreme” demands of playing at right-back.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

White, 24, is naturally a centre-back but has played at right-back in all seven of his appearances for Arsenal this season.

He was not named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Nations League double-header.

The Telegraph‘s Sam Dean reported last Friday (16 September) that White, who did feature in the 3-0 win over Brentford last Sunday (18 September), has been dealing with fitness issues relating to his position change.

Dinnery explained why being asked to play a new role may have taken a physical toll on the player.

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“You are placing your body under different and perhaps more extreme demands,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“There are different body positions, different movements, different intensities. You are coming up against players like Wilfried Zaha, who he faces on the opening day of the season.

“You are having to cover greater distances at higher intensities with less recovery time. For a centre-half, you’re expected to cover less distance than a full-back.

“Gone or the days of a static back four. The full-backs are a lot more adventurous. With heat maps, they are placed a lot higher up the pitch. It takes time to adapt.”

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